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5 amazing experiences on Tanna Island in Vanuatu

There's more to this Vanuatu island than meets the eye. Travel blogger Megan Singleton finds out more.
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The Pacific Island of Vanuatu is undoubtedly a tropical paradise, but there is more to this island nation that just beautiful beaches.

Tanna, one of Vanuatu’s many islands has everything you could ever want in an exciting getaway – despite it being just 40 km long and 19 km wide.

Whether it be taking a death-defying leap, climbing to the top of one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes or swinging through the lush rain forest tree-tops, it has something for everyone.

Travel blogger Megan Singleton made the trip to Tanna, and narrowed her time there down to five, must-see attractions.

The climb up Mount Yasur

1. The Volcano

There’s no way you would want to miss this once in a lifetime experience, visiting Mount Yasur volcano is amazing. It’s an hour and a half drive one way to get to it, and it’s not a smooth ride but absolutely worth it. Leave at 3pm to get there for late afternoon, you’ll hear the rumbling before you see it! Once you do, it’s amazing to watch the colours of the smoke change and see the molten embers flying out of the volcano as it starts to get darker. It’s mesmerising.

Kustom Village

2. Kustom Village

There are villages of people on Tanna Island who embrace the traditional ways of Vanuatu living, they live off the land and are completely self-sustainable. Visitors are welcome; you’ll be shown through the village by a guide who will explain how they grow and cook their own food, they’ll also perform traditional song and dance.

Giant Banyan Tree

3. Giant Banyan Tree

They say it’s the world’s largest Banyan Tree, and if it’s not the largest it must be close, walking below it makes you feel slightly insignificant! The tree is on the amazing Tanna Island – the perfect place for a cultural and down-to-earth Vanuatu experience. A flight from Port Vila to Tanna takes around 40 minutes.

Tanna Farm worker

4. Tanna Farms

These farms are New Zealand owned and locally operated. They grow coffee beans, peanuts, coconuts and more. They produce pure coconut oil by roasting it and then pressing it by hand. Their products are great quality and you can buy it online here.

White Grass Ocean Resort

5. White Grass Ocean Resort

It’s worth it to stay the night on Tanna Island – White Grass Resort is a beautiful, secluded place to stay and is exactly what you need after a long drive seeing the sights around the island. They’ll organise your trip to see the volcano and even have dinner and dessert waiting for you when you get back.

Find out more about booking your own Vanuatu holiday at discovervanuatu.co.nz

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