Tanna Island

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Tanna Island

Known for its active and accessible volcano, this Vanuatu island also has intriguing culture, beautiful scenery, great diving and delicious local cuisine.

Tanna Island is a beautiful island in the Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean. Visit to see its active volcano or snorkel along the coral reef surrounding the island.

Look toward the southeastern side of Tanna Island after dusk to see bright red flares of projectile magma and fiery gases rising from Mount Yasur. This active volcano has Strombolian eruptions, meaning that the volcano has frequent small to medium eruptions. When visits are deemed safe, hire a guide to drive near the peak and hike for 15 minutes to reach the rim. Relax at Sulphur Bay in the hot springs warmed by the volcano.

Join a guided tour to Yekel and other local villages to experience the culture of Tanna Island, which is largely unaffected by Western influences.

American influence is limited but lasting, continuing long after the presence of soldiers on the islands during World War II. Some local residents are part of the John Frum cargo cult, with the belief that Americans will one day return, bringing wealth in the form of valuable cargo. Observe their Friday evening ceremonies. Visit for John Frum Day’s parade, prayers and other festivities in February.

Wear reef shoes to walk out from the shoreline for snorkeling in rock pools and blue holes filled with colorful marine animals and coral. Take a boat to Lemnap underwater cave to snorkel in a 200-foot-wide (60-meter) grotto. Dive near the 1916 wreck of the Fijian in 65 feet (20 meters) of water.

Try sport fishing for marlin, wahoo and barracuda and have your fish prepared for your dinner. Try kava, a relaxing herbal drink.

Fly to Bauerfield International Airport near Port Vila on Vanuatu’s main island and then catch a 45-minute flight to Tanna Island. Walk, mountain bike or ride on horseback to enjoy the relaxation of the island’s beaches and the excitement of its volcano.

Alofa Beach Bungalows
Alofa Beach Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
Lenakel, Tanna Island, Tanna
The price is AU$98 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Situated in Tanna Island, this beach cabin is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Lowanatom Church and 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from Lenakel Port. Friendly Beach and Sulphur Bay are ...
3.9/5 Good! (7 reviews)
"So wonderfully friendly, welcoming and natural. Beautiful surroundings, pristine white beach with happy locals & traditional outrigger canoes going out fishing everyday. Great local food, big portions at reasonable prices. All staff were so kind and generous & went out of their way to make us feel ..."

Reviewed on 23 Dec. 2018

Alofa Beach Bungalows
White Grass Ocean Resort
White Grass Ocean Resort
3.5 out of 5
White Grass, P.O. Box 5, Tanna Island, Tanna
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$285 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Located near the airport, this family-friendly resort is 5 mi (8 km) from Lowanatom Church and 7.2 mi (11.5 km) from Lenakel Port. Mt. Yasur is 22.8 mi (36.8 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (72 reviews)
"nice and well maintained. Not that many activities so wouldn't recommend more than 2 days, 3 max. Food options could be expanded"

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2020

White Grass Ocean Resort
Tanna Evergreen Resort & Tours
Tanna Evergreen Resort & Tours
3 out of 5
White Grass Road, Tanna Island
The price is AU$109 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Tanna Island resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Mt. Yasur, Friendly Beach and Lenakel Port. Sulphur Bay and Lowanatom Church are also ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (36 reviews)
hotel but dirty pool
"Nice hotel however the pool was so dirty we did not want to use it and on one of the days they actually fully emptied it to clean it. Other that that the staff was very friendly and the spot in front of the hotel to snorkel was amazing."

Reviewed on 9 Mar. 2020

Tanna Evergreen Resort & Tours
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Alofa Beach Bungalows
Alofa Beach Bungalows
2.5 out of 5
Lenakel, Tanna Island, Tanna
The price is AU$98 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Situated in Tanna Island, this beach cabin is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Lowanatom Church and 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from Lenakel Port. Friendly Beach and Sulphur Bay are ...
3.9/5 Good! (7 reviews)
"So wonderfully friendly, welcoming and natural. Beautiful surroundings, pristine white beach with happy locals & traditional outrigger canoes going out fishing everyday. Great local food, big portions at reasonable prices. All staff were so kind and generous & went out of their way to make us feel ..."

Reviewed on 23 Dec. 2018

Alofa Beach Bungalows
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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