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Vanuatu activities focus on its rich culture and the dense tropical rainforests. Some of the major highlights include visiting a traditional kastom village, making a tour to the ancient grave of Vanuatu's last paramount chief to understand a little about the ancient way of life, or climbing Yasur Volcano on Tanna Island, the world's most accessible active volcano. There is only one National Park in Vanuatu: the historical WWII dumping ground of Million Dollar Point on Santo.

Hiking in Vanuatu

Vanuatu remains a raw country to explore and there are only a couple of hiking trails that are set up specifically with tourists in mind . Of these, the Cascade Waterfalls on Efate Island is a worthwhile trip although its only a short and easy hike to the beautiful waterfall. On Espiritu Santo, the Millenium Cave tour on the south cost is a more challenging hike and you get to see some great caves as well and there are two Conservation Reserves on the island with rich biodiversity and walking trails: Vatthe on the north coast and the more accessible Loru on the east coast both have great bird watching. For extreme overnight hiking, organised trips can be made to explore the utterly remote west coast of Santo which has no roads. Otherwise, find a local guide in any kastom village and they'll lead you on an intimate exploration of one of the village bush trails winding through the tropical rainforest - resorts can also help organise guides for bush walking.

picture of Coral Quays Resort, Luganville, Santo
Turtle Bay Resort offers budget ocean front accommodation along the quiet east coast of Santo about 30-minutes drive to beautiful Champagne Beach and the Loru Conservation Reserve. With good snorkelling offshore and a small swimming pool, this is a good spot for both budget travellers and nature enthusiasts.
Turtle Bay Resort, East Coast, Santo A$ 105 - 150 per couple / dorm A$ 40 get hotels best rate quote
picture of Turtle Bay Resort, East Coast, Santo
Turtle Bay Resort offers budget ocean front accommodation along the quiet east coast of Santo about 30-minutes drive to beautiful Champagne Beach and the Loru Conservation Reserve. With good snorkelling offshore and a small swimming pool, this is a good spot for both budget travellers and nature enthusiasts.

Volcanoes in Vanuatu

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Probably the best known site in Vanuatu is Mt Yasur Volcano on Tanna Island and the best way to experience this eerie environment is to climb the summit at dawn or dusk to witness the fiery volcanic explosions. All resorts arrange their own 4WD tours to the volcano - the walk to the summit from the volcano car park is about 30-minutes and although fairly steep its a very easy climb. There are half a dozen other active Volcanoes in Vanuatu with Ambryn off Espiritu Santo being the largest and releasing a constant bellow of ash and Lopevi Volcano near Epi (north of Efate) despite being relatively small in size is extremely impressive rising out from the sea.

picture of White Grass Resort, Tanna Island
White Grass Resort is the only up-market resort on Tanna Island and is located on the west coast close to the island airstrip. The resort is set in beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking a coral lagoon and deep ocean. There are plenty of organised activities including day and night trips to the volcano and and an atmospheric fine dining restaurant.
picture of Sunrise Bungalows, Tanna Island
Sunrise Bungalows offers traditional thatch and bamboo bungalows in a stunning tropical cliff-side setting. The hand crafted bungalows are just a 15-minute drive to the active volcano of Mt Yasur and it's a 10-minute walk down the hill to the long sweeping white sand beach alongside Turtle Bay.

Historical Sites in Vanuatu

The most famous historical site in Vanuatu is the World Heritage listed Roi Mata Domain, the last paramount tribal king in Vanuatu who died in the 17th Century. The site covers three separate regions on the north side of Efate Island and including the offshore Lelepa Island: the chief's residence, place of death and mass burial site, with the later being the most visted.

picture of The Havannah, Port Vila
The Havannah Resort is a boutique beach resort set on the secluded north coast of Efate Island in a beautiful lagoon surrounded by offshore islands. With just 16 bungalows with traditionally influenced exteriors but modern and contemporary interiors, this is a great retreat for couples only to enjoy a relaxing and pampered beach holiday.

Espiritu Santo played a small role in the Battle of the Pacific during WWII, and although not officially invaded, a notable American base was established near Luganville Town. What remains today are the abandoned support vehicles at Million Dollar Point which were dumped into the sea to prevent salvaging from the locals. the SS President Coolidge wreck in Luganville passage which is often touted as the most accessible wreck dive in the world, as well as several Japanese war planes that attempted an ambush on the American base and were shot down in the rainforest.

picture of Hotel Santo, Luganville, Santo
Hotel Santo is located in the heart of Luganville Town and offers simply furnished rooms in a courtyard setting around a swimming pool plus an atmospheric restaurant with a tinge of history. It's a short stroll to the sea-front and market, cafes, craft shops and restaurants making this a great choice for the exploring holiday-maker.

Golf in Vanuatu

Vanuatu has only one 18-hole golf course of notable mention being the flat Royal Golf Course on the outskirts of Port Vila and taking in the vistas and ocean views of Mele Bay. Green fees are around A$30 and there is club hire and caddies but no carts. A couple of resorts have basic pitch and put courses including Le Lagon (12 holes) and Holiday Inn (9 holes) but these are really for beginners and casual golfers only.

picture of Benjor Beach Club, Efate Island
Benjor Beach Club is a boutique style resort with 1- and 2-bedroom self catering apartments set amongst 23-acres of landscaped gardens. Benjor faces the ocean good snorkelling and it's a short coastal walk to Mele Beach (black sands) and close Cascades Waterfall and to the Port Vila Golf Club (18-holes).

Shopping in Vanuatu

Shopping in Vanuatu is pretty limited although in Port Vila you'll find a few handicraft and boutique clothes shops. If you're after souvenirs to take back home then head to the curio market in the Waterfront Park. The town's local produce market is a great place to see what the locals grow in their farms and to sample some of the local dishes at one of the peripheral canteens - it's also a great place to mingle. There's a smaller market at Luganville Town on Espiritu Santo which is also worth a visit.

picture of Moorings Hotel, Port Vila
Moorings Hotel offers 29 modern rooms overlooking Port Vila harbour and centred round an infinity pool with decking and sun loungers. With a spacious and lively open air café and the adjoining Rumours Nightclub, Moorings is a hip choice for young couples looking for good value rooms close to downtown.