Made up of around 82 islands, the archipelago of Vanuatu is sprinkled throughout the South Pacific. Bordering the Coral Sea, these lovely volcanic islands brim with life.
Vanuatu’s history dates back at least to 1300 BC, when the native people lived off the land. It was not until the 1606 that the Europeans first laid eyes on the islands, but it was not until 1825 that they truly set their sights on it. The settlers came and farmed the island’s native sandalwood, and took the natives off the island to make them indentured servants. It is said that the current population is hugely reduced from what it was before Europeans came to the island.
That being said, the island today is a tropical getaway for tourists, though it is mostly a fishing community. People live off the land and the sea, taking life as it comes.
See Mount Yasur, a volcano that has been active for 800 years. Watch the N’gol perform death defying jumps for Pentecost each April. Visit traditional villages and try the popular drink kava with the locals. Enjoy the incredible natural beauty of Vanuatu and go sea kayaking, hiking or horse riding.
Vanuatu has three international airports. Bauerfield Airport is found at Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila on Efate, Pekoa Airport at Luganville on Espiritu Santo and Whitegrass Airport on Tanna Island which is the gateway to the southern islands of Vanuatu.