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Vanuatu

The Republic of Vanuatu is made up of 83 islands spread across 1,300 kilometres. It is a beautiful and culturally diverse place, with 113 distinct languages and dialects spoken by the c.300,000 population.

There is plenty to keep you busy here, from live volcanoes to swimming in the ‘blue holes’ and exceptional scuba diving on coral reefs and underwater caverns – just remember to take time to stop and relax! If you thought bungee jumping was invented in New Zealand, think again. In the south of Pentecost Island, the men build towers from the debris of the yam crop and use vines attached to their ankles. This is known as land diving or the Nanggol ritual. Originally an annual event, land diving takes place weekly from April to June. If you’re keen on diving with a softer landing, do not miss the chance to snorkel and scuba on Million Dollar Point, where the US Army dumped cars, tanks and guns in the sea before they withdrew at the end of WWII.

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Highlights

  • Dive the famous wreck of the WWII troopship SS President Coolidge.
  • Get up close to active volcano Mount Yasur on Tanna Island - you can get within 150m of the crater rim. Take a refreshing dip on the stunning Champagne Beach.
  • Visit the amazing markets.
  • Have dinner or stay at Havannah Vanuatu hotel for some relaxation.
  • Visit the Vanuatu National Museum and explore Melanesian culture.

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A flavour of Vanuatu

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