Vanuatu: A Diverse Destination

In Adventure & Discovery, Holiday Reviews - South Pacific Islands, Holiday Reviews - Vanuatu by The H4C Team

Sure, you can sit on perfect beaches and read a book, but Vanuatu offers couples a huge variety of adventure activities.

World’s Best Diving

Where is it? While Vanuatu has world-class diving throughout its 80 or so islands, the island of Espiritu Santo, an hour’s flight north of Efate, offers some of the world’s best diving opportunities.

What’s so special about it? You can dive the world’s largest accessible wreck, the 33,000 tonne converted luxury liner the SS President Coolidge which ran into an Allied mine in World War Two. The Coolidge is unique because it offers a diving mecca for both novice divers and experts as the ship rests at between 20 metres and 70 metres below sea level. You can also have a unique dive experience at nearby Million Dollar Point where US forces dumped all their war equipment after WWII.

The water quality and variety of marine species throughout Vanuatu is world- class, you can also dive on the main island of Efate where a unique collection of plunging cliffs, grottoes and water tunnels and chasms can be found.

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Photo: Holgs/dreamstime

Abseil Down A Waterfall

Where is it? Not far from the town you’ll fly into, Port Vila, on the main island of Efate.

What’s so special about it? It’s one of the only places in the world you can actually abseil through a waterfall as a complete novice abseiler. Instead of just looking at the Mele-Maat Cascades, one of Vanuatu’s most popular tourist spots, you’ll have the opportunity to abseil right through the waterfalls. Although it can be nerve-wracking on the day I visited three honeymoon couples were trying it. “It’ll make or break us,” one of the couple said. First you have to hike up a high 

muddy hill before learning the ropes on a beginner abseil into a smaller waterfall. When the instructors are confident with your ability you’ll have the opportunity to abseil 50 metres down a waterfall through one of Vanuatu’s most pristine forests.

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Mt Yasur, photo: molloykeith/istock

Horse-riding to Volcanoes

Where is it? On the island of Tanna, an hour’s plane ride south of Efate, and there’s also horse-riding options just 15 minutes out of Port Vila.

What’s so special about it? Vanuatu offers some of the best beach horse rides in the Pacific, and its ride to the world’s most accessible active volcanoes, Mt Yasur, on Tanna, is a truly remarkable ride. You’ll ride through untouched forest, visiting primitive villages and waterfalls, till you reach Mt Yasur where you can peer into a volcano as it erupts. On Efate you can take a full day beach horse ride past plantations and villages till you reach secluded beaches where you can swim with your horse. You can also take a sunset horse ride or rainforest rides.

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Kayaking Blue Holes

Where is it? Off the island of Santo, you can take a boat to Malo Island, or stay on Bokissa Island and take a day cruise.

What’s so special about it? This is one of the Pacific’s true natural wonders, and you get to kayak right to it. On a day trip to Malo River on Malo Island you’ll follow a guide up a small river that snakes its way through untouched mangroves and forest, the guide has to hack with a machete to get you through. Before you realise what you’re seeing, you’re suddenly smack bang in the middle of a massive swimming hole with water so blue it doesn’t look real, it’s as if it will come off on your clothes as you swim. It’s not a long kayak journey, but the swim in the hole is what makes this adventure special.