To get the real taste of Vanuatu as one of the last remaining
paradises, you must visit some of the many outer islands offering a truly unique experience. Formerly known as New
Hebrides, Vanuatu is a South Pacific island archipelago with 83 islands.
Espiritu Santo Island
Perhaps the best known is Espiritu Santo
island, or just Santo, the largest island in Vanuatu archipelago. It’s particularly popular with divers who
like to wreck-dive. One of the best known diving wrecks is the U.S. “President Coolidge” troopship from WWII, left
by Americans after it became victim of one of their own mines.
Vanuatu Aore Island video - located off west coast
of Santo island, facing Luganville, the capital of Santo. This video features highlights from Aore, including Santo
to Aore annual swimming event, nearby Ratua, Melevatu, Bokissa, and Tutuba islands.
Visit Tanna island to be awed by
the majesty of the world’s most accessible active volcano, Mt Yasur. It’s only an hour flight from Port Vila and
one of the most popular islands with visitors. Tanna is also known for diving wrecks, such as the Fijian sailing
ship, laying down in 20 metres of water.
A small outer island off northern Efate Island, Vanuatu
Ambrym and Erromango Islands
Likewise,Ambrym island is the home to the twin volcanoes, Mt
Benbow and Mt Marum, featuring lava landscapes and unique local customs. Only half an hour flight from Port Vila
and you will reach Erromango island, known as “Martyr’s Isle”. This is where
many a missionary met his doom and where sandalwood traders made their fortune, while blackbirders (slave traders)
left their infamous mark in history.
The second largest island isMalekula, where local
traditions have been preserved more successfully than on any other Vanuatu island. You will witness their
traditional and colourful custom dances, passed on and kept from their forefathers.
And of course one of the better known Vanuatu islands is Pentecost, where the ceremony ofland diving is held annually in April and
There are of course many more Vanuatu outer islands to explore -
these are just some of the better known ones.