Better known simply as Santo, this is Vanuatu's largest island and one of its most enjoyable. It doesn't have quite the activities and infrastructure of Port Vila, but it does have world-class diving, some excellent upmarket island resorts and some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches in the archipelago.
A 40-minute flight from Port Vila, Epi is an agreeably rugged and remote-feeling island where days can be spent snorkelling in search of dugongs or sampling ni-Van village life. Lamen Bay in the north is the main destination, from where you can head across by boat to Lamen Island (about 1km west) to spot turtles and lots of marine life in the fringing reef.
The lovely vehicle-free Maskelyne islands are only a short truck-and-boat trip from Lamap but seem a world away from mainland Malekula. The main attractions, apart from the peaceful village life, are the coral reefs and marine conservation areas, swimming, snorkelling (BYO gear), canoeing or fishing, all of which can be experienced DIY or with organised tours.