TRAVEL

The Vanuatu Tourism Office suggests you a lot of itineraries and to do. There are amazing adventures, itineraries to discover traditions and cultures, and all islands highlights (discover Vanuatu) . If you are looking for white sand beaches we suggest Espiritu Santo, the island of hidden treasures: amazing blue holes, caves, the best diving and snorkeling. Espiritu Santo is a little known paradise waiting to be uncovered by both diver’s and non-divers. If you are a volcanos-hunter, your island is Tanna, where you will swim in underwater caves, snorkel on some of the best coral in the South Pacific, visit untouched waterfalls, meet the ancient culture that remains largely unchanged. But Tanna is the land of Mount Yasur the big volcano, one of the world’s most accessible crater.

Tanna is fascinating with the local culture largely unaffected by the western way of life. To experience the traditional Tannese culture there are day tours to local villages as well as custom ceremonies throughout the year like the renowned Nekowiar or Toka ceremony. There are also cult tribes to learn about including the Prince Philip cult and the John Frum’s cargo cult.  Pentecost Island is the land of Nagol, the ritual which influenced the invention of bungee jumping sees local men and boys as young as seven jump from a 20-30m high manmade tower with only a vine attached to their legs. The vines are carefully selected by jumpers who know that just 10 centimetres may be the difference between life and death. Traveling to view this magnificent ceremony is a once in a lifetime experience. Malekula is the island of kastom and adventure. “Many visitors are also intrigued by its history of cannibalism – says the Tourism Office – It is the most diverse, culturally and linguistically, with over thirty distinct languages spoken, and some of the best custom dances in Vanuatu”. The neighbouring small islands along the east coast have white beaches and coral reefs to do beautiful snorkeling and diving. “Ambrym is first and foremost the black island due to its volcanic ash and because of its ‘black magic’ steeped in mystery. In the villages, the ancient customs play a significant part in day to day living. The “Man blong Majik” are treated with the utmost respect and practice sorcery and magic beyond all imaginings. Ambrym prides itself on some unique characteristics, such as the sculpted tam-tams, sand-drawing, black-fern masks and local dances” says the Vanuatu Tourist Office. If you love the adventures, land to the Banks and Torres, the Vanuatu’s northernmost islands. As with all of Vanuatu, the main islands are volcanic in origin with active volcanoes on Gaua and Vanua Lava. To reach all the islands please see the official website of Tourism Office. www.vanuatutravel.info

Six international airlines flying to Port Vila, from Australia (Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne), New Zealand, Fiji, Noumea and the Solomon Islands. Low-cost and full service airlines: Air Caledonie, Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways, Virgin Australia and Air Vanuatu (domestic flights).