Vanuatu Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by globetrott
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by globetrott
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by globetrott

Vanuatu Off The Beaten Path

  • Mystery Island......Hire an outrigger.

    The local inhabitants of Anaton Island do their best to survive by offering the tourists, that are brought in bu cruise ship or light aircraft, a cheap activity. Here the outrigger canoe seems to be self service and business seems to be a little slow. Undaunted by the coral reefs and beautifully clear water.....I went snorkelling!!!Outrigger Hire...

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  • Croc sighting in Vanua Lava

    It is known, and confirmed by locals, that up to 7 sea crocodiles live in Vanua Lava rivers, mainly in Alket River and Selva River. Nearly all of them hide inthe most internal part of the river, but one is stantial in the mangrove swamp in Nousa Point. This is a huge one: 6 meters long, about 1.5 m wide!If you are staying at Leumerous' guesthouse...

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  • Round Island Tour with a Personal Guide

    Apparently, the local Port Vila buses will take you anywhere you want to go on Efate. We decided to take a gamble and test this theory out by trying to get one to take us on the ring road around the island. The process is a bit hit-and-miss. First, you need to find an empty bus. Then, you need to try and flag it down most likely at a busy time of...

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  • My favorite island is Futuna....

    My favorite island in Vanuatu is Futuna. Through contacts I stayed with locals. Not many tourists go there. It is the only island without malaria. The only things they "import" are clothing, kerosene and soap. Apart from that they are self sufficient. You can walk around the island (scary path at times), you can "climb" the top of the island, you...

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  • White Sand, Black Sand

    Not far from the city of Santo in Vanuatu is a beach called "White Sand Beach". If you are going to be in Vanuatu, you HAVE to go here. The sand looks like snow, and I've never seen clearer water! Just watch out for jellyfish. A friend of mine got stung, and she got the mumps! (I can't explain it either)A boat ride (or small plane ride) from Santo...

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  • Duty free shopping around the...

    There's a lot of 'duty free' shops on the main strip of Vila, but the shops that are in the backstreets are cheaper and have more original items. It's worth looking around and spotting some bargains, I got some great t-shirts from a little shop around the backstreets where the bus dropped us off one afternoon.

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  • Mystery Island......Hire a canoe.

    just like the outriggers, canoe hire cost is AUS$10.00 up front, unlimited use of the canoe and AUS$5.00 refunded on return of the canoe! I just don't know where they expect that you will take the canoe to to keep it considering you are at least 600 km's from the nearest point of civilisation!Something tells me that this guy has cornered the local...

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  • Mystery Island......Spend time with the...

    As mentioned above, the local inhabitants of Anaton Island venture onto Mystery Island when tourists pour in and they form an intricate part of your enjoyment experience. I guess the main reson that I travel is to broaden my horizons, meet other people from around the world and gain an insite into their culture and the fabric to their society. I...

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  • Mystery Island......Snorkelling 2.

    Please don't complicate the task of snorkelling....If you are not an experienced swimmer, have never snorkelled in you life or you are scared of the water I would suggest a guided snorkelling adventure with some of the local villagers. COST AUS$10.00If you are an experienced swimmer.....YOU ARE ON A SMALL ISLAND SURROUNDED BY WATER!!!!!Bring you...

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  • Mystery Island......Snorkelling.

    The snorkelling around the coral reefs of Mystery Island showcase some of the most beautiful fish in the South pacific. The waters are safely surrounded by coral reefs which protect the swimmer from the waters of the open ocean. I would recommend this activity for strong swimmers only and I would advise you to have someone watch you from the shore...

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  • Visit Mystery Island.

    Mystery island, an uninhabited sandy islet all surrounded by coral reefs, lies to the very south of the Vanuatuan island chain. Its real name is Inyeug Island. Inyeug Island was used by the Allied forces during WWII as a landing strip for small aircraft. To this day, this airstrip is used as the airfield for the rugged, mountainous Anaton Island...

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  • Find yourself a guide...

    I don't even know how it came about that we met a local guy named Tony. But its a great idea to have someone show you about. We had him drag us around for days and we literally walked god knows how many kms in the heat!!! He was wonderful taking us to his village, and the university, the school, he took us to some of the other resorts. Infact, I...

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  • Hard-to-reach black-sand beach...

    Good luck getting to this pristine black-sand beach on the island of Ambae. I bearly made it there alive, but it was worth the risk.

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  • Mystery Island

    Here we are at Mystery Island again. It really is an off the beaten track distination. Uninhabited and very picturesque. Charming, quiet and the perfect place to really ' get away from it all! '

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  • Tanna Island

    Tanna Island is definitely worth a visit! It may be fairly expensive (about A$230 per person) to fly there but it is worth the money!!! We visited an amazing live volcano, some great villages and so much more!!!

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  • Around the island tour

    We did an around the island tour (of Efate - the main island) for 5000 vatu each (there were 4 of us). We hired a bus driver, Massing, to take us all the way around and it was more than worth it! :) Massing took us to some gorgeous beaches, we had an excellent lunch, learnt all about coconuts and more...

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  • Getting ready for the pot???

    We went on a "round the island tour" where were taken up a river on an outrigger canoe and were greeted by these "warriors".

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  • find it in the first place. It's in ...

    As it's off the beaten path I include a map from Vanuatu geophisical. the "Timeless Islands" comprises a group of approx. 80 islands, situated some 2,250 kilometres north-east of sydney, Australia, and 800 kilometres west of Fiji. The total land area is approximately 14,700 square kilometres and the territorial waters cover 450,000 square...

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  • In Vanuatu, 100 different...

    In Vanuatu, 100 different languages are spoken in a population of 150,000.And Magic is still highly practised even today.

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  • On the opposite side of Efate...

    On the opposite side of Efate to Port Vila near the old World War II airstip there are some locals that run a little 'war museum' and offer boat rides out to the crashed planes out in the shallows. We were able snorkel around the wreck and had a plate of tropical fruits and game of soccer with the kids waiting for us when we got back. All for about...

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  • Gotto see how the locals...

    Gotto see how the locals live...these people see white people once a year or less often...and back in 1985 they still ATE PEOPLE!!!They were very friendly...but I didn't trust their sharpened teeth!

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  • Ok off the beaten path, what I...

    Ok off the beaten path, what I would recomend is too hire a car and go explore the island at your own lesuire, there are place's around the Island that you must see and spend some time doing. There are a few accommodation places scattered around the island so its worth taking more then one day to do the trip.

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  • Look at the Presidential...

    Look at the Presidential Palace in Port-VilaI don't know if they changed it....but when I showed up in 1994 that was a 'half-destroyed' green and white building, quite ugly. It made me feel like if the site has been bombed during a war.

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