Wanderlust Wednesday: Vanuatu

Active volcanos, divable shipwrecks and a tree the size of a football field: for those who crave an island adventure, this Pacific gem is as intrepid as it gets.

    Where it is: West of Fiji.

    Honeymooner type: Those who crave an island escape with a difference.

    Why we love it: Vanuatu revels in diversity – your typical tropical island it ain’t. The country’s 83 islands are home to attractions such as the world’s most accessible active volcano, a luxury liner shipwrecked in clear water (if you’re in the mood to explore it, you can do so by diving) and a giant banyan tree the size of a soccer field.

    What to do: Visit the French-influenced capital Port Vila, fall in love with its charming colonial buildings, hit the outdoor market for wooden souvenirs and mix with the locals at a kava bar. Look from the hills towards Vila Bay for spectacular views before heading for the stunning cascades of at Mele-Maat.

    Vanuatu is also home to the volcano Yasur, located on the island of Tanna, allowing close viewing of this ferocious landform’s molten core. And if you have a diving certificate, Vanuatu’s reefs are ripe for the exploring. Off the island Espiritu Santo, the wreck of the SS President Collidge – destroyed during WWII – is only 60 metres below the surface while at Million Dollar Point, oodles of military equipment is immortalised in a watery grave. Plummeting waterfalls and turtle hatcheries are among the desination’s many other highlights.  

    Where to stay: Iririki Island Resort is a mere 300m from Port Vila’s waterfront and has a free ferry service that runs 24/7. For the ultimate luxury, stay in the resort's self-contained apartments that boast spellbinding water views and spa baths on each balcony.

    Most Romantic Spot: A secluded waterfall – Ecotours will collect you from your resort, take you on a tour of Efate island’s waterfalls then leave you alone at the picturesque cascades to enjoy a bottle of champagne.

    When to go: Between May and October.

    Don’t forget: A cardi or two – it can get cold at night time.

    For more info: vanuatu.travel

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