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Looking forward to your island holiday? Vanuatu is the perfect place to relax under a palm tree with a freshly cut coconut, watching the clear blue seas. And in case you want something more from your island paradise, here’s my selection of top things to do in Vanuatu.

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1. Snorkeling and diving

The coral reef seems to be everywhere in Vanuatu and it’s easily accessible, right off the beaches and even next to the main port. The coral creates fascinating shapes and you can spend hours exploring the underwater environment and observing the numerous colourful fish dashing around.

2. Cascade waterfalls

I thought this would be just another waterfall and I didn’t want to go at first, but I’m glad I got overruled. I loved this cascade of waterfalls set in a beautiful rainforest, with natural rock swimming ponds. You can easily enjoy a whole day there, wandering around, swimming and taking shelter from the heat.

3. Ekasup cultural village

The perfect place to experience the local customs, learn about traditional way of life, medicine and food. You’ll also learn about cannibalism from the not-so-distant past – the last officially recorded human sacrifice in Vanuatu was in 1969, that’s only 46 years ago! It’s scary, but fascinating history… and I’m glad it’s history.

4. Local markets

One of the highlights of my visit to Vanuatu was browsing the local markets on the Port Villa harbor front, where women sell handcrafted souvenirs and clothes. I wasn’t going to buy anything at first until I talked to a few of the women about the way they worked. They made everything themselves and those who couldn’t sew would pay the more crafty local women to make some goods for them. It felt good to pay for something and know that all of the money went to the person who put their heart and soul into the item I was buying.

5. Underwater post office

You can get special waterproof post cards and stamps to post at the world’s only Underwater Post Office. To do that, you need to make your way to Hideaway Island, then dive down about three meters under the water to give your card to the staff or put it in the mailbox. Not your usual experience for sure!

With so many things to do in Vanuatu, your holiday can’t possibly be boring. Have fun!

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