Discover best and
most popular islands in Vanuatu
Large Vanuatu islands like Efate and Santo have become destinations unto
themselves. But there's a plethora of other islands to explore in this 80+ island archipelago. These can be usually
explored by air and cruises.
Each of Vanuatu islands is a beautiful paradise just waiting to be explored. Some
of the most popular islands are Moso island with Havanna Harbour, Tanna island with Mt Yasur volcano, and Santo
island with diving wrecks.
Ambae Island - This small island
off the large Santo island served as the inspiration for James Michener's famous book, The Tales of South Pacific.
It's a great place for hiking and walking, whose close proximity to Santo makes is an easily accessible island
Ambrym Island - This volcanic
island has long been one of the star islands in Vanuatu archipelago with its two volcanoes - Benbow and Marum. The
island is also famous for sorcery and magic, as well as woodcarving and Rom dances.
Aneityum Island - Located at the southernmost end of Vanuatu
islands archipelago. It's also known as Anatom or Keamu. Home to two volanoes, Aneityum is accessed via an airstrip
on it neighbouring tiny Inyeug island.
Efate Island - Named Sandwich
island (after Lord Sandwich) by Captain James Cook, Efate island was probably settled some 3,500 years ago by
Lapita people. They named it Efate, meaning 'a place where we will settle'.
Emae Island - Belonging to the Shepherds Island group, Emae
island is one of the two larger islands in the group. It is seldom visited by travellers, but the nearby Cook Reef
is popular diving destination. Great for those who enjoy exploring in peace.
Epi Island - This quiet, lush garden
island is the perfect place for families, hikers and backpackers. The activities on the island include surfing and
snorkeling, as well as walking tours. You can also visit Nikaura's Marine Protected Area.
Erromango Island - Once the
home to sandalwood forests, Erromango island is now adventurer's dream come true with caves and hiking
Inyeug Island - This tiny island is located near the southern end
of Aneityum island. Known as Mystery island, it serves as the main access point to Aneityum via twice-a-week Vanair
flights from Port Vila via Tanna island.
Lelepa Island - Located just off the western side of Efate
island, Lelepa island is close to the Havannah Port, at Samoa Point. Havannah is also the closest point where you
can find holiday accommodation, if you wish to visit Lelepa island. The island's day tours are also organized from
Malekula Island - For unspoiled beauty and an incredible array of
history and culture, you must visit Malekula island. The local islanders still retain many of their original
customs, including dress and oral history. This is a favored destination by anthropologists.
Nguna Island - As another of the small, but popular Vanuatu
islands, Nguna island has a number of interesting features and attractions, which bring visitors here. There are
two extinct volcanoes, stunning coral gardens, and marine protected area.
Pele Island - Experience true
Vanuatu by taking Pele Island Day Tour, where you can enjoy a day in your own tropical island paradise.
Pentecost Island - Sighted by
Captain Cook in 1774 on the Day of Pentecost, this island is largely known by its Land Dive ceremony held annually
in April and May.
Island - The largest of Vanuatu islands, Espiritu Santo Island, is best known for its scuba
diving, which includes WWII shipwreck the President Coolidge. Other activities on the island include snorkeling,
sailing, and hiking.