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19 Best islands in Vanuatu

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Vanuatu, Tanna island, locals
Tanna is an island with Mount Yasur being the main tourist attraction of Vanuatu. This is the most accessible active volcano in the world. Usually it is possible to walk safely on the edge of the throat and to watch the flashing lava. The island has also several mediocre beaches. Other notable attractions include the Blue cave, as well as Yakel Village with locals making traditional dances near the Giant Banyan Tree. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (17 votes)

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Vanuatu, Pentecost island, Land diving
Pentecost is an island in Vanuatu famous for land diving performed by the locals, thus making ancient ritual. Men jump from a height of 20-30 meters, and only natural materials from the jungle are taken for the tower, as well as for ropes. This is a very dangerous tradition, but it was only two deaths known in our times. By the way, all the locals are Christians. Historically, the event was performed only once a year, but now every Saturday. It happened due to the high popularity of the show among the tourists, each paying about US$150. The island has also beaches and other eco attractions, but these are not so interesting. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (15 votes)
Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo island, Port Olry Beach
Espiritu Santo is a large island in Vanuatu - with some of the best beaches in the country, including tiny island resorts. On the other hand, there are not much of authentic features, which we usually expect from Vanuatu, - like wild tribes or volcanoes. But this is a true beach paradise - like it should be in Oceania. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (10 votes)
Vanuatu, Ambrym island, volcano
Ambrym is an island representing the main features of Vanuatu - volcanoes and wild tribes. There are some of the most active volcanoes in Oceania. As for the aborigines, they are strongly focused on tourists. But still these are quite an authentic nationalities. By the way, three different languages are spoken on the island with a maximum of 1000 native speakers in the world. As for the beaches, there are just some natural pools in the rocks. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (4 votes)
Vanuatu, Rowa atoll, islet
Rowa (Reef islands) is a small uninhabited atoll in the north of Vanuatu. Such a formation is not typical for Oceania, but looks more like the blessed Maldives. This is a great spot to imagine yourself as Robinson, and to snorkel in the lagoon or on the reef. Two islets have beautiful tropical scenery, while entry into the water is sandy with occasional broken corals. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (16 votes)
Vanuatu, Efate island, Kakula beach
Efate is the main island of Vanuatu. It hosts the capital town of Port Vila with its international airport. In a contrast to common prejudices, there are some good beaches, though the coastline is mostly rocky. But on the other hand, the snorkeling and diving are perfect almost everywhere. As for the notable attractions, only waterfalls worth a visit. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (11 votes)
Vanuatu, Aneityum, Mystery Island, beach
Aneityum is the southernmost of the large islands in Vanuatu. There are no beaches, but superb Mystery Island is located just nearby. As for the big island, the main attractions are mountain hiking, waterfalls, hot springs and excellent snorkeling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (13 votes)
Vanuatu, Gaua island
Gaua is an island in Vanuatu with Lake Letas being the largest one in the country. Another notable attraction is the Siri waterfall falling from a height of 120 meters. There are aborigines as well, but they don't perform any shows. There is even a beach (called Baravit) on the east coast, but it is rather mediocre. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (7 votes)
Vanuatu, Aniwa lagoon
Aniwa is one of the smallest inhabited islands of Vanuatu. There is a shallow lagoon (called Itcharo or Tiaro) with great views, but it is almost impossible to swim. There are also excellent snorkeling and fishing on the island, and sometimes you can watch whales and dolphins in the ocean. The local population are mostly Polynesian. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (8 votes)
Vanuatu, Ambae island
Ambae is an island in Vanuatu being relatively developed and not rich for the tourist attractions. There are two lakes, that cover the craters of volcanoes, but eruptions are rare. And after all, landscapes around the lakes are rather depressing. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (69 votes)
Vanuatu, Mota Lava island, locals
Mota Lava is an island in Vanuatu with excellent fishing and snorkeling. There is also small Rah islet located nearby, which can be reached by walking during the low tide. Rah and west Mota Lava have good beaches with palms and white sand. However, you can not swim at low tide, as water becomes very shallow. There are also few fancy rocks on the shallows. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (10 votes)
Vanuatu, Epi island, beach
Epi is a small island nor far from the international airport of Vanuatu. Lamen Bay is the best beach. It's located in the north-west of the island. It is often possible to swim with friendly dugong (sea cow), coming here to spend some time with people. The main tourist attractions in the island are mountain hiking and snorkelling. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (2 votes)
Vanuatu, Malakula island
Malakula (Malekoula) is a large island in Vanuatu, remarkable only due to its tribal groups. One tribe is peaceful and loves to dance. Another tribe is agressive, and sometimes they can even eat a stranger. However, the last confirmed case of cannibalism was in 1940. There are no good beaches on the island, but it is possible to snorkel almost everywhere. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (1 vote)
Vanuatu, Vanua Lava island
Vanua Lava is an island in Vanuatu, notable mainly due to waterfalls and mountain hiking (best on a guided tour). There are also volcanoes and good diving. Locals are remarkable only for their languages, that are not spoken in the rest of the world. There are almost no tourists on the island, so you will feel like a cool explorer. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (4 votes)
Vanuatu, Maewo island, jump from waterfall
Maewo is an island with the largest amount of rainfall in Vanuatu. So there are many waterfalls, rivers and creeks. There are hot springs in the center of the island, as well as Asavari Bay in the south - with good beaches and natural mooring. In addition, local people sometimes make traditional dancing shows. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (9 votes)
Vanuatu, Futuna island
Futuna (West Futuna) is the easternmost island in Vanuatu, notable mainly for its Polynesian population. There is nothing like a tourist infrastructure, so the main attraction is hiking around the scenic hills. There are also some beaches and snorkeling. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (6 votes)
Vanuatu, Emae island, beach
Emae is an island in Vanuatu. There are good beaches, as well as glorious Cook Reef not far from the west coast, which is a great diving spot. Emae is not remarkable for attractions except one detail, - this is the only island in Vanuatu with a Polynesian population. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (3 votes)
Vanuatu, Erromango island, beach
Erromango is one of the least interesting islands in Vanuatu. There is not a single attraction worth to mention. Therefore, rare tourists have the only thing to do - walking around the mountains or by the sea. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (8 votes)
Vanuatu, Paama island
Paama is a small island in Vanuatu notable only due to complete lack of the tourists. There are good beaches with black sand, but it is dangerous to swim due to the shark's attacks. Sometimes locals make traditional ritual dances, but most of time they just live like an ordinary religious christians. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (5 votes)
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