30 Reasons to Visit Vanuatu

Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands that stretch 1,300 kilometers. The islands offer scuba diving at coral reefs, underwater caverns and wrecks such as the WWII-era troopship SS President Coolidge. Here are 30 reasons to visit Vanuatu

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    Pentecost Island

    Pentecost Island is home to what CNN called “one of the most bizarre traditions in the world: the nagol or land-diving.”

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    Mele Island is a Polynesian outlier and islet in Vanuatu. The island is owned by the local Mele villagers, but is leased to the owners of Hideaway Island Resort.

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    Mount Yasur

    Mount Yasur is an active volcano on Tanna Island,361 m high above sea level, on the coast near Sulphur Bay, southeast of the taller Mount Tukosmera, which was active in the Pleistocene.

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    Mele Cascades

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    Port Sandwich Art & Culture Festival

    Source: www.vsa.org.nz

    The Port Sandwich Art & Culture is a chance for the Community of Lamap to celebrate their culture and to share it with outsiders during a two-day festival.

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    Vanuatu Cultural Centre

    The Vanuatu Cultural Centre, founded in 1955, is the national cultural institution of Vanuatu. It is located in the capital Port Vila. From 1995 to 2006, the VKS was run by Ralph Regenvanu.

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    Iririki is a privately lease held island, located in Mele Bay, just minutes from Port Vila, the Capital of Vanuatu.

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    Aore Island

    Aore Island is an island in Sanma Province. It is located opposite Luganville on Espiritu Santo and has an area of 58 km².

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    Wet 'n' Wild Zorbing

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    Blokart Vanuatu

    Source: tripadvisor.com
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    National Museum of Vanuatu

    The National Museum of Vanuatu is located in the Vanuatu Cultural Centre in Port Vila. It specializes in exhibits relating to the culture and history of this group of islands in the South Pacific.

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    The Summit

    Source: tripadvisor.com
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    Lysepsep Culture Park

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    Hideaway Island Resort

    Source: aiptours.com
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    Underwater Post office

    Source: whenonearth.net

    Vanuatu has the worlds only Underwater Post Office. It is situated within the Hideaway Island waters and is in approximately 3 metres of water. It is close enough to be able to swim out to, duck dive down and post a special “waterproof postcards.

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    Volcanic Earth Day Spa

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    Mount Hope Waterfall

    Source: tripadvisor.com
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    Bluewater Island Resort Aquarium

    Source: foreigngeek.com
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    Millennium Cave

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    Port Vila Market

    Source: basketeer.net

    Port Vila Market is the central market of the Vanuatuan capital of Port Vila. It is described by Lonely Planet as "colorful and busy".

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    Vathe conservation area

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    Tanna Coffee Roasting Factory

    Source: tripadvisor.com
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    Blue hole

    Source: tripadvisor.com
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    For Adventure

    Just 15-minutes outside Port Vila, visitors can climb the spectacular Mele Cascades with Evergreen Tours or instead abseil down the waterfall’s 35 metre face with Edge Vanuatu.

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    A touch of romance

    A beachfront location, a sensational sunset and a slap-up meal can be all that’s required for a romantic getaway.

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    Drink like a local

    Source: eyesandedge.com

    Some may think it tastes like mud, but kava has been drunk in Vanuatu for around 3000 years. Traditionally drunk in a tin-roofed hut called a nakamal, the earthy drink has a mild soporific effect that tingles the lips as it induces sociable ease.

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    Eton beach

    Source: panoramio.com

    The Fest Napuan is arguably the biggest annual music event in Vanuatu and one of the Pacific Islands' most important cultural events.

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    The people

    The people of Vanuatu are just plain nice. They take the time of day to have a chat and to chat amongst themselves at the markets in the Port Vila centre.

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    Diving and snorkelling

    Source: tripadvisor.com

    The clear waters off all of the islands makes diving and snorkellig a draw card for many people.

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    Bungee Jumping

    Pentecost Island is famous for being the birthplace of bungy jumping, originating in an age old ritual called the naghol, or land diving.

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