Tanna Travel Guide

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Tanna Things to Do

  • Mount Yasur

    You really must visit Mt Yasur Volcano if you get the chance...it is amazing!! We arrived just on sunset to find the hot lava being spewed in the air. We could also hear the huge 'booms' from a long way away...very scary when you get up close but fantastic all the same!!! Mt Yasur is on the opposite side of the island to the airport so you can...

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  • Yasur Yasur You Friendly Volcano

    People travel to find various fetishes and some have volcanos as theirs. Yasur is a travel friendly volcano and it was a pleasure to climb it.

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  • Tannese kava

    Trying Tannese kava is quite an experience. If you haven't already tried kava, it's a strong herbal drink made from kava root that is a major component of traditional Melanesian culture. It will be served to you in a coconut half-shell. It tastes like dirt and plant roots (no surprise there), or somewhat like brackish bathwater. Don't be fooled by...

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  • Mt Yasur Volcano

    You really must visit Mt Yasur Volcano if you get the chance...it is amazing!! We arrived just on sunset to find the hot lava being spewed in the air. We could also hear the huge 'booms' from a long way away...very scary when you get up close but fantastic all the same!!!Mt Yasur is on the opposite side of the island to the airport so you can...

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  • Black Sand Beach

    The Black Sand Beach on Tanna Island is amazing... We only saw a small part of it while doing our 4WD Tour but it was great to see.The 'sand' has come from the volcano. It's the first black sand beach I had ever seen and I loved it!

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  • Tanna Villages

    The village people in Tanna are wonderful. :) They are very friendly and extremely welcoming.We did a tour around the island in a 4WD and the whole way the kids were yelling out hello and running along side the car. Although some couldn't speak English they still waved and smiled...Most villagers have 'grass huts' as their homes - they are so well...

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  • Visiting Yakel village

    A visit to Yakel village (or "custom village" as it is commonly known) provides visitors with the opportunity to experience traditional ni-Vanuatu culture untainted by Western influence. For 2000 VT (about US$18), you are permitted to walk through the village and you're given a warm welcome by the villagers themselves. The homes are all leaf huts,...

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  • Going to the top of Yasur Volcano

    Visiting Yasur is probably for most people the highlight of their trip to Tanna. It certainly was for me. There are not many places where you can peer over the edge of an active volcano rim as it spews out lava. There are no doubt many operators on the island who can take you here, and they seem to do so primarily in the late afternoon and into the...

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  • Take a Hike? Take a Beer !!

    The hike up to view the crater of the volcano is about a 15 min. walk up the black ash. When the wind kicks in, it could make visibility a bit tricky.........add in some drizzle of rain and voila! That makes for one thirsty hiker!Note: Bring Beer !! ;-)

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  • Don't mess with Mother Nature!

    Tanna's Mt. Yasur is just 360 meters above sea level.....but what it lacks in height, it certainly makes up in activity.Bits and pieces of molten rock and ash spew out on a regular basis.It was a very impressive show for us at dusk.......hiking up the side on a windy day and being entertained by the volcano with its awe-inspiring fireworks display...

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  • The Tempermental One - Mt. Yasur

    One of the biggest draws to Tanna Island, is one of the world's most accessible active volcanoes, Mt. Yasur.Just 360 meters above sea level, reports show that Mt. Yasur averages about 500 explosions per day, which is typical of the volcano's normal activity.Arriving into this part of the island was like stepping onto an entirely different planet!

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  • White Grass Plains

    The beautiful White Grass Plains of Tanna. Famous for being home of the wild horses that roam free.Such a beautiful sight to see!Not even our driver knew why they called it the White Grass plains when, obviously, the plains were very green.When we were en route from our hotel to hike up the famous Mt. Yasur volcano, our driver in his 4 x 4 drove...

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Tanna Restaurants

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    White Grass Resort Restaurant & Bar

    by CandS Updated May 18, 2004

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    The restaurant at White Grass Ocean Resort is very good. The restaurant overlooks the ocean and has plenty of space to sit. The food is all local (except some steaks I believe) and the menu depends on what local foods can be bought at the markets... They also have a well stocked bar...

    Favorite Dish: The parrotfish was my favourite...along with the yummy sweet potato...

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Tanna Nightlife

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  • The "Red Light District" of Tanna!

    Drinking kava at the "red light district" of Tanna was a unique experience.Every house along the road with a kava bar displays a red lantern at the front door.What is kava?It's a very popular intoxicating drink made from the roots of the Piper methysticum scrub (also called the Intoxicating pepper).Kava drinking is a ritual amongst the Melanesian...

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  • I dipped my lips!!

    The thought of consuming this muddy liquid that was prepared by humans chewing spit up roots, didn't sit too well with me. Watching the "bartender" stir the concoction in a dirty bucket didn't enhance the mood either.I was curious of the effects, however, so I did take just a "sip" from the bowl. Suddenly, the lips started to go numb!! Oh no!! Not...

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  • Step Aside, Men !!!

    Along with our co-guest from our hotel, we were the only 2 females in the group of men at the Kava Bar.Nowhere else in the world would I step into a strange, dimly lit setting with a group of men sitting in the dark......staring into space.......and drinking a strange substance.But when in "Rome"...............

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  • Le Sybarite had a double (or was that...

    The traditional method of making kava is to have pre-pubescent boys carefully wash the roots, then prepare them by chewing them into a mushy substance and spitting the hard bits onto leaves.The "mush" is then placed in a container and mixed in with water.The liquid is a muddy color .......not very appetizing at all.....but the upside is that it's...

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  • Kava Bar

    If you wanted to do something at night you could go to a Kava Bar for a drink or two. They are very quiet and laid back - nothing like a bar here. You will find kava bars in almost every village and all along the roads where ever you drive. Kava usually costs around 20 - 50 vatu each so it is very cheap.

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  • Nightlife

    There's not much in the way of nightlife on Tanna Island. You could try to find a kava bar but even those are very sedate. The best we could do was to sit out enjoying a drink while watching the sunset. ;)

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Tanna Transportation

  • Welcome to Fantasy Island!

    Vanair is Vanuatu's domestic airline and has 2 (sometimes 3) roundtrip flights each day from Port Vila to Tanna Airport.The aircraft is one of those small, propeller driven aircrafts and the flight takes about an hour.

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  • Local Transport

    The locals usually pile into the back of a 4WD for travelling distances in Vanuatu... Not everyone has a car but usually someone in the village will have one at least. Everywhere you go you will find locals sitting or standing in the back of a 4WD...it isn't illegal over there.

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  • getting to Port Resolution

    If you intend to go to Port Resolution from the airport, I would highly recommend doing so immediately. I stayed in Lenakel overnight after arriving thinking it would be no problem getting to the eastern side of the island in the morning, and ended up waiting an entire day for a lift. I was very, very bored and there is really nothing to do in the...

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Tanna Local Customs

  • Butcher Day

    Once a month (on a Monday), the locals wait for the day the butchers come to acquire their meat.There are overnight workers who try to ensure their "catch of the day" in the fields reaches the butcher shops first for purchase.

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  • Wherever you go, the smiles will follow

    One of the most cherished things I took back with me from my visit to Tanna Island, was the warm welcoming by the locals.As we drove through the unpaved roads, every chance they had, the locals would run up to the car with their waves and glistening smiles to shout out, "Bon Jour!" and "Hello!"It's common courtesy on the island to wave at...

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Tanna Warnings and Dangers

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    Sharp edges

    by Geisha_Girl Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    Although in Tanna, a spectacular underwater adventure awaits......be careful of the sharp rocks and coral while snorkeling!

    The winds happened to kick up which made the water quite choppy that day, so getting across the designated snorkeling area was a bit tricky.

    It's a beautiful, vast ocean blue.......but take precautions!

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Tanna What to Pack

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    A house on Tanna Island

    by CandS Updated Sep 6, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Try to take as little as possible to Tanna Island...the plane from Efate is only small... We packed our things into one suitcase and left the other at a resort in Port Vila.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light and casual clothing is about all you will need. Plus maybe one pair of long pants and a light jacket.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You should bring most stuff from home or buy it in Port Vila before going to Tanna Island - you won't be able to buy a lot of things there...including snack foods, medicines, toiletries and any other 'conveniences'.

    Photo Equipment: Take lots of film or huge memory cards! And a tripod will come in handy too...especially if you go to the volcano at night.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Insect repellant with DEET in it is a must...as well as sunscreen and lots of it!

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  • Our Tanna and Yasur Volcano experience...

    For people wanting to visit Tanna Island to see Yasur volcano and experience the true tradition of the locals; you must stay at Yasur Camping Site. This is located at the Base of Yasur near the entrance to the volcano. You can’t get any closer.We arrived on Tanna in the afternoon and were met with our Host Jackson. After loading our gear and...

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  • Villages

    I loved the villages in Vanuatu and especially at Tanna Island. They had a cyclone (Ivy) hit only a couple of months before we arrived so a lot of the houses and huts had damage but there were also a lot that had been rebuilt or saved from the cyclone. They all look so great and the people that build them really put a lot of love into their...

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  • Mt Yasur Volcano Toilet

    Hehe...if you need to use the toilet while on the volcano tour, just wait till you get to the top of the volcano... We laughed when we saw a little hut at the top of the volcano and joked that it was a toilet...when we stopped our guide asked if any of us need to go and we laughed even more! ;) It was definitely an experience and the view from the...

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