11 December, 2018
Remote and untouched Vanuatu is a top place to channel those castaway vibes. Set 1,000 miles east of the Queensland coast, this string of 82 islands covers everything from cloud-white beaches to volcanic cinder cones to lush forests of mangrove and java apple. One day you could be swinging in a hammock as the sound of bamboo pipes echoes across the aquamarine lagoons of Espiritu Santo. The next, you could be hiking through misty rainforests in the company of banded iguanas and flying foxes, or scuba diving down to old WWII wrecks. Almost all cheap flights to Vanuatu from Australia will whisk you into the Bauerfield International Airport in the capital of Port Vila.
Head to Tanna to witness the powerful metamorphic forces that have shaped Vanuatu over the millennia. Spying out smoke-spluttering Mount Yasur is must!
You're likely to arrive on the isle of Efate, where the markets of Port Vila thrum with local life and rustic villages spill into the ocean just around the corner.
The sugar-soft sands of Champagne Beach meet bat caves and primeval rainforest reserves on gorgeous Espiritu Santo island.