Vanuatu is one of the South Pacific's best adventure holiday destinations with an untainted culture and very traditional Kastom villages to explore. If you're looking for an adventure holiday in Vanuatu, the following resort selections are our favourite bases for exploring this fascinating group of islands.
Without doubt the most exciting island to visit for an adventure holiday is Tanna, a southern island renowned for its village culture as well as Mount Yasur, the world's most accessible active volcano.
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 organises plenty of adventure based activities including day and night trips to the volcano and and organised trips to visit local villages.
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.
Espiritu Santo is known for its hiking trails and virgin rainforest. There are two Conservation Reserves on the island with good hiking trails and several tour companies offer day trips to visit waterfalls, caves and inland blue holes.
Coral Quays Resort is a small retreat in a peaceful tropical environment with ocean views, ten minutes drive to Luganville Town. Coral Quays is a popular base for divers as well as attracting couples looking to explore Santo’s scenic attractions.
Turtle Bay Resort offers budget ocean front accommodation along the quiet east coast of Santo and accessible to two conservation areas with great hiking and bird-life. This is a good spot for both budget travellers and families wishing to explore the islands remote wilderness..
Port Vila & Efate Island
The main island of Efate has established itself as a soft adventure centre with more commercialised tours including zip lines through rainforest, abseiling down waterfalls, 4WD and buggy tours along the coast and horse riding in rural locations. Several small resorts around the island make a pleasant spot for soft adventure holidays.
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. If you're looking to explore the sites, visit a village and walk in the wilderness, but need comfort, then this is the place to stay.