If you can drag yourself away from lazing by the pool or sunbaking on the beach, Vanuatu is filled with beautiful natural attractions to experience. Here's four of our favourite must dos while holidaying in Vanuatu.
Mount Yasur Volcano
Experience the blasts of Mount Yasur, an active volcano on the island of Tanna. With its billowing smoke and occasional blasts of molten lava, hikers can witness the volcanic forces in motion from various lookout points. Twilight viewing is even more spectacular as the glowing lava provides a bright contrast to the evening sky. This tour may not be for the faint of heart and the 2 hour 4WD journey each way takes you over some rough road conditions but once there, the stunning views of this natural wonder make this an unforgettable experience.
Hot Mineral Springs
Located on the northern coast of Efate Island, hot mineral springs offer a relaxing and restorative escape. Soak for a short time in these warm baths and feel the rejuvenating effects on your skin and muscles. The smell of the sulphur may be hard to take at first but the soothing bath will soon erase all awareness of the pungent scent.
Beaches and Outdoor Fun
Vanuatu’s main attractions are its pristine beaches and clear, sparkling blue waters. What better way to experience the country’s many natural landmarks than by seeing it all first had? Whether its snorkelling and diving while exploring the beautiful coral and sea life or kayakingor boating with the picturesque coast line on the horizon, Vanuatu is full of adventure and excitement.
Visit a Genuine Village
Don’t limit your journey in Vanuatu to staying in resorts without getting out and about to explore local life and make a connection. Head out to discover how the locals live in their villages for a side of the nation that many tourists don’t see. A number of tour operators can take you to various settlements where you can interact with the residents and explore their culture.
Endu is one of the villages you can visit the south east of Ambrym. This is a particularly rewarding destination as it’s one of the country’s most traditional settlements, so you’re bound to see and learn a lot.
Take inspiration from how the locals interact with and respect nature, and be wowed by their talented and energetic performances of dancing, singing and chanting. You can even take a turn at some of the more traditional island talks of trapping wild chickens for food and perhaps even learn a bit about the residents’ cooking, carving and healing skills.
Another option is to visit Enimah village on Efate Island, with its traditional of dancing, food and harvesting. Learn about housing and architecture, growing food crops and preparing meals, the local drink Kava, plus plenty about coconut trees, crafts, dance and more.
Check Out Land Diving
Have you ever been bungy jumping, or watched someone you know going for a jump? Chances are you’ve never seen it quite like this.
Vanuatu’s own Pentecost Island is where bungy jumping really began, as the cultural practice of land diving, also known as Nagol or N’gol, inspired New Zealander AJ Hackett. This is the man who went on to commercialise the contemporary form of bungy.
During a land diving ritual, local males, some of whom are still young boys, climb a man-made tower that can be up to 40 metres high. They then jump from the top of the structure, with only their foot attached to a carefully selected vine. This is a rite of passage and signals a coming of age for the boys.
It’s an adrenalin pumping experience, and there are several tour operators around Vanuatu who will take you to watch the hair-raising feat.