Tanna Travel Guide

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Tanna Things to Do

  • Mount Yasur

    On the crater rim ,there’s a machine like this ,using solar power.I think it should be some kind of seismic monitoring that can detect and record the vibration ,earthquake,seismic and dynamic activities.This helps to forcast when the volcano could erupt.At least 3 signs that should happen before big eruption could happen,1.Seismicity or earthquake...

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  • The crater.

    Yasur normally is in level 1 or 2 which is safe enough to reach crater rim but on your own risk.In June 2010, activity was at level 3 and involved several vents in both the north and south craters. These adjacent craters are seperated by a small ridge and together have a maximum diammeter of about 400 meters. The southern crater is the main focus...

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  • Lava rock.

    The rock in this picture, I saw it around the crater rim ,it should be “Volcanic bombs” which are blobs of lava that have been ejected from a volcano during eruption. Any chunk of rock spewed out of a volcano that’s larger than 65 mm in diameter (2.5 inches) is considered to be a volcanic bomb, or lava bomb. Some bombs cool and harden before...

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  • Volcano observatory.

    On the crater rim ,there’s a machine like this ,using solar power.I think it should be some kind of seismic monitoring that can detect and record the vibration ,earthquake,seismic and dynamic activities.This helps to forcast when the volcano could erupt.At least 3 signs that should happen before big eruption could happen,1.Seismicity or earthquake...

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  • The ash plain.

    I didn't go to visit any local village in Tanna because I plan to do it in another island ,so In Tanna I specified only Yasur volcano and around. I walked to the ash plain to see Yasur from it's foot ,even couldn't see the lava but the volcano allure me so much .We brought some snack and drink cuz planed to be there the whole afternoon ,just to be...

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  • Yasur firework

    Yasur is most well known ,most visited volcanoes in Vanuatu and is one of the world's most active volcanoes.The continuous eruption has been over 200 possibly 800years, emitted persistent strong explosions that could be heard and felt by nearby residents. It lies at the boundary of the Indo-Australia and Pacific tectonic plates.It is mostly...

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  • Up to the crater rim.

    I arrived my hostel around 3pm. ,and went to vocano at 4 pm.I planned to walk to volcano cuz it’s only 45 minutes walk but that day I had fever so I agree with my driver to go by his truck cuz the Australian couple will go by truck anyway so I just join them, but ..not free.. We have to pay to “Pilippe” our driver that will be our guide too. He...

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  • To Yasur.

    When approaching the volcano ,we took a break again around the ash plain to see Yasur from there.It's beautiful. After that we had to ford the river ,I think the name is "Siwi " river.The water level wasn't deep ,can ford easily by 4x4.

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  • Going to Yasur volcano.

    These pictures are the view along the way from airport to Yasur volcano which is located at the southe east tip of Tanna Island and is about 2 km. from the coast "sulpur bay" It's about 30 km. from airport along the rough road and need 4 wheel drive only,because of the road condition that's why it takes about 2-3 hours to reach the volcano area.I...

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Tanna Restaurants

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    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

  • Tanna petrol station.

    Petrol in Vanuatu is expensive by world standards ,it's about 2 AUD$ (180VT) / litre.But I talked to people who live in another island which is not Efate ,..for example in Tanna ,Malekula and Ambrym...they said the petrol there is more expensive ,about 250 vatu for diesel and 300 vatu for benzine.This picture is a local petrol station in Tanna ,not...

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  • Whitegrass airport ,Tanna.

    Whitegrass airport is a very small airport with very basic facilities. I got seat number 16 B which is second row from the back .I’m not sure about their policy to assign seat for passenger that the one who come first get the better seat or the worst seat. In my country Thai airways will assign passenger who check-in earlier to sit in the front row...

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  • Flight from Port Vila to Tanna.

    I flew with Air Vanuatu flight NF 240 From Port Vila to Whitegrass airport in Tanna.It was ATR 72 .If I remember well they served just one drink cuz flight time was only 40 minutes.There are quite many passenger on board ,about 75 %. The onboard magazine.. “ Island spirit “ is quite interesting ,with good articles and some nice map.

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Tanna Shopping

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    by rosequartzlover1 Written Dec 11, 2014

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    In Tanna island,there's no proper place to shop or buy anything we want , it's kind of remote area.About the food..most accomodation will provide you breakfast and dinner.Dinner was quite nice and filling, but not as cheap as you might expect.For budget travellers like me ,I just simply had no lunch ,only some snack and water is enough.But if you want to buy some fresh vegetable and fruits ,just ask the driver to stop along the way .There are few stalls that sell veriety of vegetable including "kava" root if you know how to make it.
    I like the stall under a big Banyan tree ,impressive. In pic 3 you can see my new friend ,he travelled budget too so he bought some vegetable for his dinner instead of pay expensive dinner. The one in the orange short is my driver and guide.. "Philippe" He bought some vegetable according to my hostel's owner ordered ,it's for my dinner tonight..Lets see how will it be ? I heard that she cook very well.

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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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    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!

    Sharp edges

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Tanna What to Pack

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    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!

    A house on Tanna Island

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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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