VANUATU BY RICHARD SHEARS

Vanuatu. Where to go? What to see? What to do? Richard Shears, a well-known British journalist and the author of a fantastic book called ‘The Coconut War: Vanuatu and the Struggle for Independence’ gives his recommendations.

Visit Mount Yasur, Tanna Islands

Vanuatu in recent years has lost much of its traditional way of life, so I think it would be valuable for people to try to experience that which is left. Of course some things are ‘immovable’ – so I would certainly suggest a visit to the active volcano on Tanna, which is the only volcano in the world where tourists can stand on the actual rim and look down into its interior.

Watch the land divers of Pentecost Island

While these are tourist activities, it is also quite a sight to watch the land divers of Pentecost, the Vanuatu version of bungee jumping!

Trek into the interior of Santo

An organised trek into the interior of Santo is also an experience to be enjoyed for those who are prepared to battle the humidity, heat and the mosquitoes. And depending on the time of the year, it can also be quite cold.

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