But for some of Vanuatu’s most stunning sights, it pays to look a bit further afield to some of the lesser-known islands.
Here’s a quick guide to five Vanuatu islands you may not have heard about:
Mount Yasur, the world’s most accessible active volcano, is the major drawcard, but the island of Tanna also offers a range of adventure and cultural activities. Other sights worth checking out on Tanna, a 35-minute flight from Port Vila, include its underwater caves, and some of the most beautiful reefs in the world – ideal for snorkelling.
Shaped like a dog sitting down, Malekula is the second largest island in Vanuatu and also one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse islands, with more than 30 languages spoken. The wild island is known for its tribal groups, ancient cannibal sites, hiking and protected marine areas. It’s easy for travellers to learn about the cultural heritage with friendly villagers who are proud to share their stories.
Better known as Santo, this is Vanuatu’s largest island and is a 55-minute flight north of Port Vila. Santo is notorious for its world-class diving, gorgeous blue water holes, the white sand Champagne Beach, welcoming friendly people and island resorts.
Pentecost is a small island, pristine and untouched with unspoiled rainforests, beautiful waterfalls and crystal clear ocean waters. The island is most famous for the land diving ritual known as “Nagol” where men jump off a 20m tower with only a vine attached to their legs. Witnessing this ritual is truly a once in a life time experience and definitely something worth seeing.