About the Islands

The islands of Vanuatu have a rich and colourful history with unique cultures and traditions and some of the most unspoilt natural beauty in the South Pacific.

Explore Efate, home to the capital of Port Vila, where you will be met with a colourful mix of shops, restaurants, markets and beaches.

Discover Santo, Vanuatu’s largest island, with world famous diving, blue holes and pristine beaches.

Be amazed on the island of Tanna, home to fascinating custom villages and Mount Yasur, one of the world’s most accessible live volcanoes.

These are the three most popular islands in Vanuatu for tourists but there are 83 islands full of hidden gems and natural wonders. For a more remote island experience consider Pentecost, Ambrym, Malekula or another to explore untouched nature and get a rare taste of a more traditional way of life. If you only have hours not days to spare then island hop from Port Vila and discover some of the stunning islands surrounding Efate.

A stunning island nation just hours from Australia and New Zealand, has been right in front of you all along.

Vanuatu map compass
    • Efate

      Efate is the main island of Vanuatu, home to the capital Port Vila. With a rugged coastline, rich marine life and an abundance of restaurants and bars, Efate is the most developed island in Vanuatu and the perfect place to kick start your holiday. Island hopping is possible from Efate, with Epi, Lelepa and Pele just a few of the many islands accessible from Port Vila. View itineraries

    • Santo

      An island of hidden treasures, Santo is the largest island in Vanuatu and boasts impressive diving, the world-famous Champagne Beach, turquoise blue holes, stunning natural landscapes and welcoming friendly people. Further north are the Banks and Torres islands, renowned for their custom dances, enormous coconut crabs and giant turtles. View itineraries

    • Tanna

      Tanna is filled with natural wonders including Mount Yasur, one of the world’s most accessible live volcanoes. Also known for unique culture and Kastom villages, Tanna affords a fascinating insight into a very different way of life. Tanna is located in Tafea province along with island paradises, such as Mystery Island, a hidden gem popular amongst sailors and cruisers. View itineraries

    • Malekula

      Relatively untouched by tourism, Malekula is renowned for its custom dances and traditions and offers a rich Vanuatu experience. Mountainous and rugged, Malekula offers iconic jungle treks and bird watching. Small neighbouring islands offer sand beaches and bright coral reefs for those keen to snorkel. Stay in a local village to sample a more traditional way of life. View itineraries

    • Ambrym

      With awesome twin volcanoes and beautiful wood, stone and fern carvings, Ambrym offers a unique, remote experience. The island is renowned for sorcery and black magic, with ancient customs playing a significant role to this day. The striking custom Rom (or masked) dance is a tradition which is not to be missed. Stay in a village to experience this volcanic paradise. View itineraries

    • Pentecost

      Famous for the daring land diving ritual (Naghol). Pentecost is well worth exploring. This awe-inspiring ceremony is said to have inspired the modern day bungee jump and takes place every Saturday between April and June. The island is also known for its ritual dancing, mat and basket weaving and sand drawing, as well as spectacular waterfalls and pristine rainforests. View itineraries

About the islands