Welcome to Tanna


Apart from the fuming, furious Mt Yasur, the landscape features undisturbed rainforests, coffee plantations, mountains, hot springs, blue holes and waterfalls, with some areas formed into marine and wildlife sanctuaries by local chiefs. Kastom is important in traditional villages, where all natural phenomena have a fourth dimension of spirituality and mystique, while strange cargo cults (John Frum and Prince Philip, in particular) still hold sway in some villages.

Lenakel is the main town with a market, port, several shops and a hospital, and it’s near here that Tanna’s more upmarket accommodation is located. The volcano and most of the island's basic bungalow accommodation is about 30km southeast on the rugged cross-island road via a central fertile, dense forest, aptly called Middlebush. The ‘road’ crosses Mt Yasur’s remarkable ash plain on its way to Port Resolution.


Top experiences in Tanna

Tanna activities

$109.45 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Coongoola Day Cruise, Havanah Harbour, Moso Island, snorkelling, turtles, beaches

Full day trip on the Auxiliary Ketch "Coongoola" a 74 foot timber Ketch which is a former world cruiser and mother ship in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race.  Your day starts with a pick by mini bus in the morning between 8.00 am and 8.30 am. then over the jungle clad hills to beautiful Havana Harbour with a commentary by the driver or tour guide on the way. At around 9.00 to 9.15 am arrive at our mooring base where you board the ship. the area we cruise is in the rain shadow side of the island so we have more fine days than most other areas. We board the ship by way of a small tender boat then once on-board the tour guide presents a short safety talk before leaving the mooirng. On the way morning tea and coffee is served with some tasty sweet buns and the coffee is organic and from Tanna island in Vanuatu. after a short time we go ashore at Tranquillity Island resort which is a sister company to the cruise where a 30 minute stop-over takes place to visit a turtle conservation project aimed at increasing the number of Hawksbill turtles which are on the endangered specie list by the United Nations. Back on board the ship again we proceed to go to a beautiful sheltered beach and go ashore once again in a small tender.to a white sandy beach with its crystal clear water, guests can find A shady spot for the day before going out to the reef for a snorkel. If not interested in that, lazing on the beach and swimming in the beautiful clear warm water is a favorite, Then it is lunch time and guests are served tasty local steak or sausages with lots of organic vegetables and French bread. icy cold drinks are available from the bar at reasonable prices.. After lunch and a bit of a siesta, a second snorkeling trip is organized this time to a different location. Free snorkeling gear is provided for guest to use. for those just interested in relaxing it is a perfect location to just do that. at around 3.00.pm guests are taken back to the ship where some fish are fed with left overs from lunch. then the mooring line is cast off and we are on our way back to the mainland. Weather and winds permitting the sails go up and we sail to the passage back into the harbour. Most days we have our dolphin friends come and play with the bow waves of the ship, they are spinner dolphins and love to jump and spin out of the water. We often do a circuit to keep them happily before they peel off and go on their way. With the sun getting lower in the west the water shimmers in the light and after afternoon tea and a fruit platter we are back to the mainland and the other world once again. this is about 4.30 pm where guests join the mini bus to return to Port Vila by 5.00.pm.

$600.88 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Night Adventure Package on Tanna Island

Arrive on Tanna by plane and our driver will bring you to White Grass Ocean Resort where you will be accommodated in a double or twin Ocean View Bure at the premier resort on this island. The package includes airport transfers, daily cooked breakfast, complimentary WIFI in guest lounge, tourism levy and VAT.The following tours are included:Yasur Volcano & Tanna Highlands Safari:The safari will take you through the Middle Bush area, past the wild horses on the White Grass plains, coffee plantations and many highland villages before reaching Mt. Loanialu at 552 meters. Across the ash plain moonscape Isiwi area, terminating at the foot of Mt. Yasur a further 10 to 15 minute walk will place you at the crater's edge (depending on volcano activity at the time), where one can ponder the awesome power of nature.Lagalangia Kastom Village (Lowinio)Depart at 8.30am, Lagalangia village is approximately a 45 minute drive into the jungle where you have the opportunity to experience a way of life that has not changed in centuries. The villagers have resisted the trappings of Western culture and continue to embrace a subsistence way of life dominated by their belief in 'Kastom". This tour allows you a brief and interesting insight into the daily life of a local tribe. Some handicrafts are available for purchase and you will pass through the main town of Lenakel.Then choose from either of the 2 tours below:Louniel Surf Beach and Waterfall SafariA thrilling 4WD adventure to the magnificent Louniel waterfall, hidden deep in the forest. Enjoy a picnic lunch (included) on the spectacular black sand surf beach on the east coast of Tanna before a swim or surf on body boards provided. Bath in fresh water spring before your afternoon return to the resort. Black Magic and Kava Tasting TourDeparting at 1pm, experience the rituals of Black Magic practiced by a Warrior tribe in the highlands of Tanna. Never before has this tribe, who still live the way they have for hundreds of years, shared its black magic secrets. The warriors will explain their practices and trickery which are still used today on rival villages. See the art of ambush in action. The warriors will challenge you with their traditional weapons (bows & arrows, spears). See the Kava plant before it is prepared and then taste the 'real thing'. See the coffee plant and the process of harvesting. All of your senses will be aroused and your adrenaline will pump on this special, spiritual tour.

$88.15 Tours & Sightseeing

Grand Efate Tour (Full Day Tour)

Enjoy an informative, fun-packed, full-day of activities and visits to attractions on Efate. This tour includes cultural performances with fire walking, and you can learn about traditional hunting and fishing methods along with ancient food preparation and preservation methods.Enjoy a quick swim at Efate`s popular fresh and salt water blue lagoon at Eton.A visit to the hot springs on this side of the island also provides evidence of active volcanic activity on Efate. Enjoy the hot springs with refreshments of tropical fruit and cold drinks before the next stop.A buffet lunch of gourmet local dishes and tropical drinks are served at the most beautiful scenic spot of Vanuatu – Mele Cascade`s brand new restaurant “Le Spring”.After lunch, we take a short drive to the biggest village on Efate - Mele village – from where we can visit Tanna Coffee for sampling and a more in-depth “tree to cup” tour on small-holder farming.Grand Efate is more than a tour…it is a life experience!!!Tour Includes• Return Transfers • Tour Guide Services• Evergreen Chilled Bottle Of Water • Tropical Fruit Refreshment• Admission Fee • Buffet Lunch

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