When we think of adventure, riding up to the entrance of an active volcano to witness splashes of molten lava lighting up the night sky is high up on our must-do list. Sound like an adventure story you want to be part of? This bucket list tour will give you a front row seat to the fiery action.
If you thought Vanuatu was all swaying palms and sipping cocktails, think again. At the heart of this tropical paradise lies an adventurous streak – from diving to the depths of awe-inspiring blue holes, to scaling up the sides of an active volcano.
Forging out of the centre of the island like a dark and brooding beacon, Vanuatu’s Mount Yasur Volcano is a sight to behold. Rising up over the east coast of Tanna in Vanuatu’s south, the volcano’s smoking interior contrasts against the lush tropical paradise that surrounds it.
Traverse across the moon-like landscape towards the volcano’s entrance and you will feel like you have been transported to another planet – one far away from the clear blue water and tree-lined shores below.
While ancient and dormant volcanoes are commonplace throughout the Pacific Islands, the chance to witness an active volcano from the rim of the crater is another story. This unique experience on Tanna Island takes visitors to the base of the Mount Yasur Volcano, and from there it’s just a short 10 minute walk up to the bubbling crater to witness the splashes of molten lava that emerge from within.
The multi-hour tour crosses from dusk to darkness – as the night sky fills with sparks of gold, this will certainly be one sunset show to remember.
At the foot of Mount Yasur, an active volcano on Tanna, an island of Vanuatu, performing a "gratitude" celebration, which is a common occurrence
Ambrym is an island of Vanuatu, which has two active volcanoes: Benbow and Marum. Tourists, photographers and volcano enthusiasts travel from all over the world to view lava lakes, rain-forest coated hills, and the other-worldly black sand beaches.
If an adventure story is on your horizon, don’t miss this exclusive ongoing offer for DAE Members for the Mt Yasur Volcano Safari Tour when you book a stay at White Grass Ocean Resort in Vanuatu.
• Adults at AUD $99 per adult
• Children at AUD $55 per child
*Must be booked via DAE – cannot be arranged or booked at the resort or direct with the operator.
Port Vila is said to be the most beautiful capital in the Pacific. It lies on a horseshoe-shaped bay on the south-west coast of the island Efate and is charming mix of cultures, blending elements of Melanesian, English, French and Chinese. A welcoming smile, friendly hospitality and good service are part of the culture at The Melanesian. <br /><br />DAE allocations are Orchid Garden View Bungalows. Guests have access to an outdoor swimming pool and two tennis courts with night lights. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby area. Oasis Poolside Bar & Grill features cultural entertainment and a variety of tropical cocktails. Guests can try Vanuatu-Western fusion cuisine at Le Melanesian Restaurant. Daily Continental breakfast for two is included. <br /><br />Apart from the pool and tennis sports, there are myriad of sporting activities which can be enjoyed including golf, scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, small craft sailing and personal watercraft. It is a 10-minute drive to Pango Beach, which is famous for surfing. One of the main attractions of Port Vila is the famous Port Vila Market which comes alive every day except Sunday. Wander through rows of tropical fruits, vegetables, flowers, shells, artifacts and souvenir stalls. Along the main street there are duty-free shops, restaurants, and handicraft galleries. <br /><br />Make your visit to Port Vila memorable, let The Melanesian Port Vila be your home away from home!
White Grass Ocean Resort is located on the north-west coast of the island of Tanna in the Vanuatu archipelago. Double Ocean Bures available through DAE will suit singles or couples and are well-appointed, designed in a traditional style featuring local art. <br /><br />The rooms offer a mini-fridge, tea/coffee, laundry facilities, ceiling fans and a verandah to enjoy the ocean breezes. Enjoy a complimentary tropical breakfast daily as well as free use of all non-motorised sports equipment including kayaks and SUPs. WiFi is provided free of charge in the public lounge area. <br /><br />Around the resort there are a multitude of activities to keep you entertained and as active as you want to be. Jump on one of the free bicycles and enjoy an easy ride to a nearby village or beach with a prepared picnic lunch, or slip into the water and discover the incredible underwater world that opens up to you by snorkelling or diving. Explore the reef or take a run on the jogging track. Get a team together and have a game of beach volleyball or badminton – all equipment is free of charge. Venture a little further out on the reef in a kayak or take a whale watching or turtle tour. If that all sounds a little exhausting a trip to the Nabisa Spa may be just what you need. Further afield take a trip – and maybe even climb – up the Mt Yasur volcano and on the way stop to experience the local Vanuatuan culture and way of life with a guided village tour. <br /><br />One thing is for sure, there is no shortage of things to do on Tanna Island, and the best place to enjoy it all from is the White Grass Ocean Resort.