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Vanuatu is good destination for adventurous backpackers but a rather poor choice for those looking for a beach to laze around on and to meet fellow travellers. The main interest is in exploring the islands culture and traditional villages and to visit the rainforest and dive sites on Espiritu Santo, or the Volcano on Tanna Island.

Tanna Island

Without doubt the most exciting island to visit for backpackers is Tanna, a southern island renowned for its village culture as well as Mount Yasur, the world's most accessible active volcano.

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.

Espiritu Santo

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.

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 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.