Feeling in the mood for adventure in a far away exotic place? Perhaps you seek a unique way to experience the natural beauty in Vanuatu, South Pacific? You’ll find several options to help you enjoy the splendor of this archipelago. However, for the adventurous sort, island hopping is the best way to experience your Vanuatu holiday adventure.
What’s island hopping, you ask? Simply put, it’s visiting one island, perhaps staying the night in a hotel or camped on the beach and then moving on to the next island. This form of travel allows you to enjoy each island and islet in Vanuatu, or as many as you can during your time in the islands.
Adventurous Island Hopping
Island hopping is perhaps best suited for those with the craving for adventure. Many of the islands in the archipelago are uninhabited, yet still features the swaying palm trees, verdant jungles and pristine white beaches of the other islands. Island hopping can help you enjoy as many of these jewels as possible. Explore the jungles, enjoy the beach, bath in the ocean or rivers… It’s the life of adventure you crave.
One of the best islands with which to begin your island hopping adventure is Espiritu Santo; you’ll find virgin forest, the ruins of WWII US troops, such as crashed planes and abandoned Quonset huts and more.
For the very adventurous, Ambrym island offers a wealth of opportunity. This volcanic island, home to two active volcanoes Benbow and Marum, has long been an ideal place for a true adventure. Ambrym is famous for sorcery and magic, wood carvings, and Rom dances.
Malekula island is an incredible place to explore. The customs of of the islanders remain largely unchanged and it’s a favored destination by anthropologists around the world. The warm and welcoming tribes of Malekula act as guides for exploring the island and take great pride in discussing their culture and heritage.
Island Hopping for the Couple
Are you looking for a romantic getaway in the midst of the South Pacific? Island hopping can give you that, as well. Island hopping for romance is somewhat different than adventure hopping. The premise is the same, however. Visit one of the uninhabited islands and pack a picnic lunch for the beach; explore secluded lagoons and inlets, or walk hand in hand through coconut groves and the water’s edge. You’ll find no more romantic spot in the universe.
How to Do It
So, you’re sold on the idea of island hopping, but are unsure of how to accomplish it? You can do so very easily. Local charter aircraft can put you down almost anywhere. Alternatively, charter a sailboat and enjoy the trip that much more. You can easily cruise the waters between many of the islands in only a few hours, giving you a broad range of destinations every day. For the romantically minded, there are charter cruises that will even provide you with the picnic lunch, as well as set you down in the most secluded places possible.
You’ll find numerous islands to visit in this chain of over 80 islands in Vanuatu. There are many islets to explore, which are just tiny spits of land. If you want proximity to the city, visit the main island of Efate (home to Port Vila), or the largest Espiritu Santo island (home to Luganville). Many other islands have towns and villages around them as well.
Whichever of the islands your choose to visit, you will find your Vanuatu island hopping an amazing experience.
The author of this article writes for Vanuatu Holiday web site. You will find comprehensive Vanuatu holiday and travel information on Resort-Vanuatu.com, including a useful guide to Vanuatu islands and what each island offers. There’s also useful and practical Vanuatu Guide in PDF available free to download. For more information and regular updates about Vanuatu subscribe to The Travel Bug newsletter.
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