Officially the Republic of Vanuatu, it is an Oceanian archipelago located in the South Pacific Ocean. The island nation of Vanuatu is situated between Australia, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. It was previously known as the New Hebrides Islands. Vanuatu consists of 83 small islands across an area of 1,300 kilometres. Only fourteen of these islands have a land area of more than 100 square kilometres with the largest being Espiritu Santo. The country’s capital, Port Vila, is located on Efate – only the fourth largest island in Vanuatu.
Vanuatu enjoys a tropical climate with the northern islands experiencing hot to humid temperatures while the south has a milder and drier temperatures. The busiest periods for tourism in Vanuatu are between the months of July to December while January to June are less crowded.
Vanuatu is a popular tourist destination for both adventure travellers and those just looking for a relaxing holiday. The country offers a wide variety of activities from relaxing along its many sandy beaches to four-wheel driving up to watch an active volcano. Visitors will definitely be spoilt for choices on places to go, sights to see and activities to do while in Vanuatu. Here are just a few of the top tourist spots in Vanuatu to add to the itinerary and should not be missed:
Mele Cascades – Located just 10 kilometres from the capital city of Port Vila, Mele Cascades is a 35-metre tall waterfall crashing into beautiful pools of clear aquamarine water. Visitors can climb up the steep and slippery path to the falls to enjoy the beautiful view from the lookout. It is a must-see destination for when in Port Vila. Many companies offer tour guides and trips to Mele Cascades.
Mount Yasur – Located on Tanna Island, Mount Yasur is an active strato-volcano standing 361 metres above sea level. It is situated on the coast near Sulphur Bay and the taller Mount Tukosmera. While the volcano has been erupting constantly for over 800 years, it can be approached safely with the help of tour guides. Mount Yasur is relatively easy to gain access to but it is still important to take note of the level of volcanic activity before heading up.
Vanuatu Cultural Centre – Locally referred to in Bislama as “Vanuatu Kaljoral Senta” or simply “VKS”, the Vanuatu Cultural Centre is the country’s national cultural institution. The cultural centre is located in Port Vila and was founded in 1955. It showcases the diverse cultures of Vanuatu and works to preserve the culture of the archipelago.
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