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Top Five Vanuatu Islands

10th January 2012

The beautiful archipelago nation of Vanuatu is made up of 83 individual islands. This is a South Pacific tropical paradise where lush interior forests blend seamlessly into stunning beaches and enticing waters. The country’s capital, Port-Vila is on the island Efate and is primarily the administrative heart of the country. After you've seen the sights of the capital, here at Escape Travel, we think you should explore some of Vanuatu’s other islands.

Here are our top five Vanuatu islands.


Shark Bay, Tanna

While the volcanic island of Ambrym is known for black magic, we’re confident the natural beauty will cast a spell over curious travellers. Snorkellers should head to the north coast to admire dugongs, sea turtles and incredible tropical fish.

Considered one of the must-see attractions in the country, the Mt Yasur volcano on the island of Tanna is breath-taking. Travellers can walk to the rim of Yasur and gaze down into its fiery belly. While on the island, also consider a tour to the local villages.

Espiritu Santo
Divers will want to beeline directly to Espiritu Santo, the largest island in the archipelago, to explore the SS President Coolidge, a 22,000 tonne luxury liner that sank during World War II. Today this wreck is one of the most famous sites in the world. There are also incredible coral reefs and underground caverns to admire.

There are over 30 distinct languages spoken on the island of Malekula. After chatting with the friendly locals, head into the interior of the island for the fantastic hiking opportunities through the rugged yet striking terrain. Bird watching is also particular good here so be sure to bring your binoculars.

Curious travellers should visit the island of Pentecost between April and June to witness the diving ritual carried out by the locals. Every Saturday during these months, men jump from a 30-metre tower with only a vine attached to their legs to cushion the fall. As the men jump, other locals dance, chant and beat drums in excitement. Many people believe this ceremony is a precursor to modern bungy jumping.