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Vanuatu is a land of cultural diversity and offers so much more than a typical island escape of beautiful beaches, tropical palms and fresh food. This archipelago of 83 islands offers visitors a chance to explore a unique cultural blend of traditional tribal communities that are still intact today, and the influence that still resonates from the French and English naval commission back in 1887.
Geographically diverse, Vanuatu is famous for its accessible volcanoes, beautiful beaches and friendly locals. There are also lesser known sights for you to discover, like a luxury liner that was shipwrecked and now offers a fantastic site for divers to explore, a giant banyan tree the size of a soccer field and remote villages still celebrating life with fascinating cultural ceremonies and dances. Food in Vanuatu is fresh and tasty- from seafood (oysters, lobster, crab, prawns and fish) to fruit, to vegetables and meat (Vanuatu beef is a must-have).
It is believed that Vanuatu was inhabited as early as 2000 BC. The first known European to discover the islands was Portuguese explorer Pedro Fernández de Quirós who believed it to be part of Terra Australis. James Cook visited the islands on his second voyage and named them New Hebrides. Europeans then began settling the islands in the late 18th century. 1960’s the people pressed for self-governance then independence. 30 July 1980 saw full sovereignty granted and a new name for the archipelago of islands, The Republic of Vanuatu.
There are plenty of activity options on Efate – round the island tours, buggy rides, Parliament House, shopping Port Vila style, the Markets, Mele Cascades, Parasailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, golf, horse riding, cultural village tours, abseiling down a waterfall, zorbing, helicopter and sea plane tours, kayaking, the pirate ship, sunset cruise, day cruises, trekking and the list goes on.
Efate doesn’t have the best beaches around (particularly Port Vila area). They are mostly crushed coral or a mixture of crushed coral and sand, but coral beaches mean coral waters so the snorkelling is excellent! Our picks: Eratrap, Havannah, Erakor and Breakas beaches are the best. There are some really beautiful spots around Efate and a Round Island Tour is highly recommended to see how different the island can be. Mele Cascades (waterfalls) is gorgeous and the Coongoola Day Cruise has incredible snorkelling and a stunning little beach.
Espiritu Santo Island
Santo is also becoming known as a beach paradise and a soft adventure haven; there are beautiful soft sand beaches out of town and on the private island resorts, and lots of trekking, kayaking, canoeing, caving, horse riding, snorkelling, scuba diving, horse riding, the famous Blue Holes and various different cultural villages.
The Millenium Cave tour is an amazing day’s trek – exhausting but very rewarding. Vil Vil Village Tour is a custom village of people from Pentecost, so they specialise in sand drawing – a wonderful art form. Lowematom Village is home to the people of the Banks Islands, and the women perform “river music” where they tell stories with the rhythm of water.
Black Magic is still in existence in Tanna and the Black Magic tour is incredible. There is amazing snorkelling on the island, including a Blue Cave you can go to from White Grass. There are black sand beaches and Port Resolution White Sand Beach, which is also amazing, and there are also hot springs on the island.
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