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Discover the stunning paradise of Vanuatu where cascading waterfalls and breathtaking natural wonders meet lush, cool jungles and white sandy beaches. Just a few hours from Australia and New Zealand, Vanuatu is the ideal location for a romantic escape or fun-filled family holiday.

Couples, families, adrenalin junkies and serenity seekers will all find plenty to do.  

So slow down and relax in the moment, and work up the energy to indulge in a plethora of invigorating experiences. From climbing to the rim of an active volcano, to soaking yourself under a stunning waterfall, day cruising between islands or careering through the jungle on a buggy fun adventure; Vanuatu has a wide range of activities that will make your holiday truly memorable.

A Guide by We are Explorers

We've asked some of the key journalists who've traveled the world and visited Vanuatu to share with us their favorite experiences. Henry Brydon from We Are Explorers shares with us his three most memorable moments throughout Vanuatu.

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A guide by Diveplanit

We've asked some of the key journalists who've traveled the world and visited Vanuatu to share with us their favorite experiences. Deb from Diveplanit shares with us her three most memorable #vanuatumoments throughout Vanuatu.

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A guide by Grumpy Turtle

We've asked some of the key journalists who've travelled the world and visited Vanuatu to share with us their favourite experiences. Harriet from Grumpy Turtle shares with us her three most memorable #vanuatumoments throughout Vanuatu.

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Vanuatu Insiders Guide

When you're travelling, it's one thing to read the guide book, but it's another to get the local word on what's hot and be pointed toward a #vanuatumoment. We've asked Vanuatu locals, some of whom you may meet when you visit, what their hidden spots are throughout Vanuatu.

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Extraordinary Blue Holes

Vanuatu’s blue holes must be seen to be believed. Flashing sapphire amid the lush jungle, the swimming holes seem too perfect to be natural. Many are the product of freshwater springs trickling from the belly of the islands’ mountains, while some oscillate with the tide, filling with fish that dart in their crystal depths like wondrous, native aquariums.

Incredible natural attractions to visit

Top Ten Incredible Natural Attractions in Vanuatu
Working on your tan in Port Vila is certainly a lovely way to spend the day, but there’s plenty of beauty outside the big Vanuatu hotels. On distant islands scattered throughout the archipelago, you’ll find bubbling volcanoes, sugar-white beaches, coral reefs, remote waterfalls and sweeping volcanic ash plains. Natural attractions are pretty much Vanuatu’s major export, drawing thousands of visitors from all over the world.

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Hikes that can't be missed

As you might expect from a jungle-covered volcanic archipelago, Vanuatu has some of the best tropical trekking in the world. And it’s not all stunning mountain vistas either. Where else can you hike to the rim of an active volcano, sleep in kastom villages, sip kava with Ni-Vanuatu chiefs, or cool off beneath aquamarine limestone waterfalls? More developed islands like Santo and Efate are great for short, half-day hikes, or you can head further afield, to Malekula or Ambrym, and tackle sweaty, multi-day jungle treks. Wherever you walk, you’ll be greeted with megawatt smiles and some truly epic scenery.

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Best beaches & spectacular swimming

From Insta-worthy swimming holes to impressive waterfalls and the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, there are so many great places to cool off in Vanuatu. You might be surprised by your favourite swimming spots in Vanuatu, they’re not always the ones you’d expect.

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top 10 tastes

With limited technology and resources, almost everything grown on the islands is organic, hand-picked and bursting with tropical flavours. Ni-Vanuatu people are fiercely passionate about what they do, and creating great food, or kaikai as they call it in Bislama, is no exception.

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Best places to reconnect

There’s a lot more to Vanuatu than white sandy beaches and palm trees (although we certainly have those as well). The tropical archipelago offers countless places to relax and revitalise. Turn on your out of office, put your phone away and let yourself rediscover what it feels like to be truly connected.

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Experience local culture & kastom

Kastom is the beating heart of Vanuatu culture, passed down from generation to generation. It covers everything from art and mysticism to island economics. You can’t really understand modern Ni-Vanuatu culture without understanding kastom.

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Go on a family adventure

If you have ever travelled with kids, you will have heard "I’m bored" more times than you care to remember. Not in Vanuatu! As well as the facilities in your resort or hotel, such as man-made swimming pools and kids’ clubs run by enthusiastic locals, the tours and natural excursions in Vanuatu are a chance to experience new things with your kids. Family holidays here will have them on the edge of their seats with excitement and exhausted by the end of each day.

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Top Day trips - Efate

Vanuatu isn’t just an idyllic collection of picture perfect tropical hideaways that promise relaxation, warm waters and golden sunshine, it also boasts an abundance of adventures to suit any intrepid soul. So, leave your shoes at the airport and the crowds behind and let’s make some memories to last a lifetime.

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Take the Plunge at Vanuatu’s Must-see Waterfalls

Pack your sense of adventure for a change of pace with our list of iconic Vanuatu waterfalls, some easier to get to than others. If you’re looking for cookie-cutter holidays, maybe look elsewhere. Vanuatu’s charm lies in its access to swathes of untouched islands, all a plane ride or boat trip away.

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Tanna your ultimate adventure playground

There are few places in the world where you can start your day scuba diving through seemingly never-ending underwater caverns, and end it overlooking a rumbling active volcano - Tanna’s one of them.


20 Must-do activities in Vanuatu

Whether this is your first visit to Vanuatu or your seventh, there are some things you simply have to do and see to tick off your holiday bucket list. Unexpected experiences await you on the islands of Vanuatu.

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The Diver's playground

While snorkeling can offer a glimpse into the world below Vanuatu’s gentle waves, scuba diving immerses you in it. Outstanding locations for diving can be found off Santo, Efate and Tanna, with tours suitable for every level from novice through to expert. Discover life under the sea with Vanuatu’s collection of exceptional dive sites, renowned the world over amongst those in the know.

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