This is the show producer Mike Bhanas’ home away from home. He’s been there more than 20 times and knows this region of the Pacific like the back of his hand. If you want a really safe adventure and you’re not afraid to get away from it all, then Vanuatu offers some exceptional opportunities from the land divers of Pentecost Island (home of the bungy jump), to live volcanoes, traditional villages, and the largest accessible wreck dive in the world.
Diversity is the word we’d use to describe the culture here. There are more than 130 different languages across 80 or so islands creating a wealth of culture,all with subtle differences from language to dance to food. The nation was governed jointly by the French and the English until independence in 1980. Today the locals speak a mix of their own languages, Pigeon English, English and French.
Fishing around Vanuatu is all about the pelagics and the formidable Dogtooth Tuna. There are a number of top-notch operators in and around Vila and Havanna Harbour as well as to the north at Santo.
There is so much to dive on here in Vanuatu. The reef diving is extraordinary and you don’t even have to leave the Vila region to experience it. Hideaway Island Resort caters for both divers and snorkelers while more hard-core divers should head north. In Santo is one of the diver bucket list dives – the President Coolage. You simply cannot come to Vanuatu and not do this dive – the largest accessible wreck in the world.
Yakel Village – fully traditional village.
Yasur Volcano – stand on the edge of a lava-spitting volcano at night.
Cascades Waterfall – A short trip from Vila, take your swimwear.
Vila Markets – colourful and full of tasty treats.