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Vanuatu Travel Guide
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Vanuatu is a part of an Island group which has been settled since BC 500. Up to and beyond the 13th century AD, it was at the centre of the empire of Tonga. During the 19th century, the islands making up Vanuatu (then called the New Hebrides) were settled by British and French missionaries, traders and planters. The United Kingdom and France finally agreed on a condominium over the 2 islands.

After World War II, an intricate power struggle began between the indigenous islanders and the dual colonial interests over the future political and economic course of the islands. The constitutional position was settled in 1977, at a conference between French, British and New Hebridean representatives in Paris, and the islands became fully independent in 1980.

A drive since then to persuade overseas tourists to travel to Vanuatu has led to ever increasing numbers of visitors. It is easy to see why they come. The islands are an adventure devotee’s paradise. The geologically active archipelago is a natural playground of colourful reefs, bubbling volcanoes and thriving jungle. Visitors can drive up to the crater of Yasur, quoted as the most reachable active volcano in the world, sea kayak round the islands' shorelines, explore underwater World War II relics, or hike and bike through coconut plantations and tropical rainforest.

Those less inclined to exert themselves can relax on the many stunning beaches, sample the multicultural cuisine in the capital, Port - Vila, or charter a boat from 1 island to the next.

Tourism is centred on the islands of Tanna, Efaté, and Espiritu Santo. International visitors arrive in Port - Vila, on Efaté, and from here can travel by boat or plane to explore the rest of Vanuatu.
Useful travel links
Lonely Planet Guide to Vanuatu from lonely planet
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