Vanuatu is a "Y" shaped chain of 83 islands lying 2,500km northeast of Sydney Australia. The main Vanuatu accommodation is located on the island of Efate, the two other popular island destinations are Tanna Island which is famous for its volcano and Espiritu Santo for its diving.
Efate is the main island of Vanuatu. The capital Port Vila is located on Efate and is a township with a population of around 40,000 people. Port Vila is known for its tourist shops, galleries and restaurants. Efate has been inhabited by the Melanesians for thousands of years with English, French, and Chinese having influence in recent centuries. It takes 3 to 4 hours to drive around Efate and the Island contains a number of natural and cultural attractions.
Santo is the largest island of Vanuatu and is popular with divers who come to dive the ship wrecks and spectacular natural dive sites and reefs of the area. The island itself offers both adventure and serenity with beautiful beaches and interesting caves to explore. Vanuatu's highest mountain Mt Tabwemasana rises from the western side of the island and the forests of Santo are home to an abundant array of wildlife.
Tanna Island in Vanuatu is home to one of the world's most accessible active volcanoes Mt Yasur. Tanna Island is also known for the Melanesian people who have lived there for thousands of years, most of whom still follow the customs and traditional lifestyle of their ancestors. The traditional ceremonies are said to be quite impressive with villages trying to outdo each other with each display.