The Havannah Vanuatu

The Havannah Vanuatu

Vanuatu is more than just a beach. There are so many things that you can see, do and experience. Here’s a few tips to combine some beachfront bliss at The Havannah Vanuatu with a spot of heart-thumping adventure experiences involving some of the volcanoes of Vanuatu.

Mt Yasur Volcano - Tanna

There are 22 volcanoes in Vanuatu. Nine are active with 2 of them underwater and 7 on the land and 13 of which are dormant.  Here’s some ideas that may help you plan a holiday to Vanuatu that encompasses relaxation, re-connection, and rousing exhilaration! Combine your stay at The Havannah Vanuatu with either a day tour (Nguna only, as for others we recommend at least 1 night stay) or an overnight stay on some of Vanuatu’s other islands.

Ambrym Island

Map of Vanuatu Islands For more information on Ambrym click here.

Ambrym is a large basaltic volcano with a 12-km-wide caldera. It is not only one of the most active volcanoes of Vanuatu, but also in the world. Known as the “black island” after the expansive ash plain covering the interior, Ambrym’s caldera is an impressive moon-like landscape containing the ash plain, cut by innumerable erosion gullies and containing several active craters and recent lava flows. Benbow and Marum are the two currently active craters within the caldera that have produced lava lakes, explosions, lava flows, ash, and gas emissions, in addition to fissure eruptions.  Both Benbow and Marum attract adventurous trekkers from all around the world.

Mt Benbow and Mt Marum on Ambrymvolcano on Ambrym

Gaua Island

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Gaua is the largest and second most populous island in Torba Province, way up north in the Vanuatu archipelago. It is well known for its stunning landscape. Boasting an active volcano, Vanuatu’s largest lake and highest waterfall, it’s the perfect destination if you’re looking for an adventure! The volcano here last erupted in 2010 after many years of dormancy. If you are looking for a memorable experience and you enjoy good health and fitness, you can cross Lake Letas and challenge yourself to the steep climb up the slopes of the dormant volcano. When you get to the top, you will discover why Mt Garet is known as the world’s most colourful and scenic volcano, with many different shades and tones or earthy red, brown and orange spread across the summit, including the crater lake which creates an unforgettable landscape.

Gaua is the island from where our Water Music group hail. They perform for our guests at The Havannah Vanuatu each Wednesday evening.

Gaua - image cc David Kirkland

image cc David Kirkland

Water Music Performance at The Havannah Vanuatu

Water Music Performance at The Havannah Vanuatu

Tanna Island

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The most famous active and most easily accessible volcano in Vanuatu would have to Mt Yasur. Combining a stay at The Havannah Vanuatu with a trip to Tanna would make for an amazing holiday: a great combination of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and some beachfront, blissful, total relaxation.

Mt Yasur - Tanna

Mt Yasur volcano is a ‘young’ volcano, only 100,000 years old. It is one of the most amazing life experiences to be able to get so close to the perimeter of an active volcano. It’s a ‘dry’ or a ‘strombolian’ volcano; exploding magma hundreds of metres into the night sky. We’d recommend an evening visit to enjoy the stunning colours and explosion displays in the night sky. The journey to the volcano is just as exciting: moonscapes made of ash, rivers cutting their way through the soft limestone or even softer volcanic ash, cascades, breathtaking panoramic views, coffee plantations, local villages, lush forests and the road of a thousand pot holes! You can even post a letter from the only post box in the world on a live volcano!

If you choose to visit Tanna we’d highly recommend at least an overnight stay.

Mt Yasur - Tanna


Where is Nguna For more information on Nguna click here

Nguna is off the northern coast of Efate in Undine Bay. Sitting between Pele Island and Moso Island, it is dissected by two extinct volcano craters. The highest of these craters is the peak of Mount Taputoara at 593m. You can actually see Nguna whilst relaxing at The Havannah Vanuatu.


The island is part of the MPA Nguna-Pele Marine Protected Area and is a popular diving location bountiful in marine life.

To get to Nguna, why not let us arrange for you a special Northern Explorer & Extinct Volcano Tour? We’ll organise for Vanuatu Helicopters to pick you up on the beach in front of the resort and take you on this amazing scenic flight over the northern shores of Efate. You will experience fantastic views of a second world war US Corsair wreck near Kakula Island, and then fly over Pele Island and on to the extinct volcano of Nguna. Here the helicopter lands for a brief stop off on the crater rim before taking off again and making your way back to The Havannah Vanuatu. On the return trip you pass Moso Island. Look out for turtles, whales, dugongs and pods of dolphins as well as the breathtaking scenery. The helicopter returns you to The Havannah Vanuatu in great style, landing back on the Samoa Point beach.

Nguna Vanuatu Helicopters over Nguna Nguna

For more information on bookings this tour during your stay at The Havannah Vanuatu, email

If you’d like to see more of Nguna, check out our story video right here.

The Havannah Vanuatu is committed to sustainable practices and to protecting natural and cultural heritage. It prides itself on providing an authentic, enriching, intimate and exceptional experience, inspiring guests to connect with their destination in a meaningful way and to play a part in safe-guarding it for the future. The Havannah Vanuatu is a member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World.

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We look forward to welcoming you to The Havannah Vanuatu very soon… but in the meantime….