Your Vanuatu vacation offers a wealth of opportunities to indulge in unique experiences and Tanna is a standout as it offers the opportunity to explore the world’s most active and accessible volcano.
The island sits at almost the southern most part of the Vanuatu chain and is a lush, fertile land beckoning the outdoor enthusiast. Ecology was practiced here before it became a worldwide focus. There are wildlife and marine sanctuaries to explore as well as hot springs and coffee plantations. Unsullied examples of kastom practices overlayed with deep spirituality are seen throughout the island’s villages.
Getting to Tanna is easy as there are daily flights and package tours from Port Vila. You’ll set down at Burton Field near the administrative center of Isangel in the middle of the west coast. There are a number of comfortable, simple accommodations and restaurants around the area.
An impressive site, a short distance from town, is a banyan tree that looks to be on steroids, as it occupies a space the size of an athletic field.
Yet undoubtedly the main draw to Tanna is Mt. Yasur. Located on the eastern side of the island, this is one of the most accessible volcanos in the world, and one of the most active. Most times, visitors can get within 500 ft. of the rim. Past eruptions have laid the surrounding area starkly barren with pockets of trees making for a surrealistic landscape. When Yasur boils, it can be an awesome sight, like fireworks on the 4th of July. The view is especially vivid at dusk or early evening.
While Mt. Yasur dominates, you can also safely views packs of sharks from atop nearby Shark’s Bay on the eastern flank of the volcano. Yachties have safe haven at nearby Port Resolution, whose nearby beaches are a favorite of surf enthusiasts.