Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Vanuatu The coolest new things to do in Vanuatu Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Pacific Islands / Vanuatu The coolest new things to do in Vanuatu story by: Anna Sarjeant 1. Active volcanoes Mount Yasur, a volcano on Tanna Island, is far from new. But peering into its magnificently fiery mouth is certainly novel. As one of the planet’s most active volcanoes this hot headed beast offers projectile magma and glowing lava. Not without risk, violent explosions and regular bouts of ground shaking call for the supervision of a local guide. There’s a daily danger rating ranked between 0 and 4; anything above 2 and the area is closed. But don’t be disheartened, level 2 still offers plenty of shudders, shooting debris and a deafening roar. 2. Off-road buggies Strap in and explore Vanuatu from a different perspective. Self-drive off road buggies are an exciting way to reach the island’s most remote villages and patches of unknown. Led by guides, on two-seater, 250cc buggies, there are various tours to suit your mood; go for a swim, cross the jungle, stop for a snorkel or get acquainted with a muddy bush track. Buggy Fun Rental and Off Road Adventures offer the experience from Port Vila. 3. Mama’s Market With so much nattering and general commotion, never has the term ‘mother’s meeting’ been so appropriate. Port Vila’s Mama’s Market isn’t new per-se, but every visit is unique. So called because it’s run by ladies selling various products, everything bought comes with a niche back story. From bright baskets to Vanuatu jewellery, ask which island it’s from and how it was made. Also a fantastic place to try local delicacies such as lap-lap (cooked yam roots with coconut cream and meat), fresh fruit and native vegetables. 4. Beach life Sometimes all you want from a holiday is the exact opposite of new. No fancy new-builds or shiny, span dangled resorts. Vanuatu’s distinct lack of over development allows the beaches to be refreshingly untouched. Half an hour from Port Vila, Eton Beach (in Efate) boasts a shoreline that slopes into the water and provides a natural sand ledge for sunbathing. While Champagne Beach, on the island of Espiritu Santo, is defined by a curved sliver of plati¬num sand which is as pure today as it was centuries prior. UNMISSABLE REVAMPED RESORTS: Iririki Island Resort & Spa Vanuatu: After an extensive multi-million dollar upgrade, new additions include a casino and hilltop spa. Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu: Re-opened in July 2016. Famed for its private beach, two dazzling pools and Thursday night fire shows. Ramada Resort Port Vila: Due to open April 2017, this premier resort nestled into the cliffs of Erakor Lagoon will deliver 100% luxury. Vanuatu is just 3 hours and 15 minutes from Auckland. Bet we can tempt you with some of these awesome Vanuatu holiday deals... Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - March 2016 Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Are these Vanuatu’s best-kept dining secrets? Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.