Vanuatu Tourist Attractions
Efate is the main island of Vanuatu, where the capital Port Vila is. The island has a rugged coastline, fast flowing rivers, cascading waterfalls, isolated sandy bays and lagoons. The interior is rain forest cut by a few walking tracks.
Epi is a peaceful island with beautiful white sandy coves, beaches, and inshore reefs. The interior is the rugged terrain of recent volcanic activity covered with lush rainforest. There are several small lakes where you can fish and swim and may get a chance to see wild birds, wild pigs and cows.
Things to do:
Chief Roi Mata’s Domain – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chief Roi Mata lived 400 years ago in the northwest Efate village of Mangaas. His reputation extended throughout the Central Islands of Vanuatu, far beyond his own domain. He is remembered today as a great leader who settled a long period of warfare, setting up a tradition of peace feasts and new social structures linked by women.
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Beaches – Eton Beach and Crystal Blue Lagoon beach are a must. Though they're a fair drive out of town, the end result is rewarding. Entry is charged so enquire with your hotel or tour guide.
Cascades & Waterfalls – Go for a refreshing dip at the Mele Cascades and cool off under the sun.
Fishing – So many charters to choose from where you can catch marlin, wahoo, Spanish mackerel, giant trevally and numerous species of Tuna including albacore and yellowfin.
Kayaking – Whether its ocean or river kayaking, Efate has them all.
Havannah Harbour – on the north side is a spectacular natural haven and consequently used during World War II as a naval rear base by the entire U.S. 7th Fleet. It is also the site of some extraordinary archaeological digs and gruesome discoveries.
Read more about Things to Do in Efate & Epi Island: vanuatutravel.info/efate-port-vila
If you want to swim in underwater caves, snorkel on some of the best coral in the South Pacific, visit untouched waterfalls, see the islands wild horses and experience an ancient culture that remains largely unchanged to this day, allow time to explore. Tanna is best known as the home to one of Vanuatu’s most popular tourist attractions, the Mount Yasur volcano.
Mount Yasur – Regarded as the world's most accessible active volcano. Night- time viewing is best.
Black Magic Tour – Situated at North Tanna, this tour is known of its magic and mystery. See horse men, coffee plantation and colourful Tanna face painting.
Custom (Kastom) Villages – A guided tour of one of Tanna's Kastom Villages is a must-see on this amazing Island.
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Espiritu Santo is the largest of Vanuatu’s islands with some of the most beautiful white sand beaches, caves and world renowned diving and snorkelling.
Diving - Dive the legendary "SS President Coolidge", a historical moment suspended in time, starting at a depth of 20 metres it's the largest wreck in the world accessible to divers from shore and only 5 minutes from the launching pad - www.aquamarinesanto.com
Beaches - Lonnoc, Golden Beach and Champagne Beach have picnic spots. Entry is charged so enquire with your hotel or tour guide.
Custom (Kastom) village - To learn about the ancient lifestyle and traditions of the locals.
War Relics – Espiritu Santo was a huge military base during World War II. Local tours take in some of the relics, including Quonset huts, three bomber strip, and Million Dollar Point.
Blue Holes - For a swim or a snorkel. These crystal springs are true natural wonders where crystal clear fresh water comes to the surface through layers of limestone and coral producing water of jewel quality blue.
Millennium Cave - Walk through this 50metre high cave full of bats, stalactites, stalagmites and water sculptured rocks.
Read more about Things To Do in Espiritu Santo Island: vanuatutravel.info/espiritu-santo
Pentecost Island has become famous throughout the world for the land diving ritual (Nagol or N’gol) which occurs every Saturday between April and June. There are a variety of tours and excursions to experience the culture, people, and beauty of the environment, including custom village tour, hiking, snorkeling, and visiting historical sites and land marks.
On Maewo, yachting is popular. Other activities include river & waterfall tours, cultural village tour, and bird watching.
Land Diving festival - occurs every Saturday between April and June.
Custom (Kastom) village - Learn about the ancient lifestyle and traditions of the local villagers on Pentecost & Maewo.
Waterfall and Rivers - Tours can be arranged to some of the most beautiful rivers and waterfalls on both islands.
Yachting - A great way to sight-see on the water and catch a glimpse of other nearby islands, is by yachting up to Pentecost and Maewo during festival seasons. Yachting is very popular around April to June as yachts sail to Pentecost to watch the land diving.
Read more about Things To Do in Pentecost & Maewo Island: vanuatutravel.info/pentecost-and-maewo
Malekula - is known as the island of 'kastom and adventure'. Many visitors are also intrigued by its history of cannibalism. www.malekula.travel
Ambrym - is first and foremost the "black" island due to its volcanic ash and because of its 'black magic' steeped in mystery. In the villages, the ancient customs play a significant part in day to day living. Ambrym prides itself on some unique characteristics, such as the sculpted tam-tams, sand-drawing, black-fern masks and local dances. www.ambrym.travel
Amelbati Cannibal Site Tour – take a guided tour to the cannibal site, sacred place of the chiefs, and ancient Nasara (ceremonial ground) of the Amelbati Tribe at Rano Mainland.
Big Nambas and Small Nambas Tribes - Experience the rich and diverse cultural traditions of Malekula through costume, dance, stories, sand-drawing, fire-making, food preparation and other traditional skill demonstrations.
Trek to the Twin Volcanoes - For the very fit and adventurous; guided overnight, two and three night treks can be arranged to visit both Marum and Benbow and look in to their lakes of fire! A true highlight.
Read more about Things To Do in Malekula and Ambrym Islands: vanuatutravel.info/malekula-ambrym
Nature walks and volcanoes: Vanua Lava has mountains, a volcano, crocodiles, reefs, rivers, waterfalls and tropical. From Sola you can make excursions to Mt Sere Ama, an active volcano, the Selva River and Kwakea Island.
From rocks to white sandy beaches: Climb massive rocks on Ra - two boulder piles offer good views, you need to be a good and confident climber. End off by relaxing on beautiful white sandy beaches.
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