Regions in Vanuatu
Vanuatu’s islands are divided into six geographic provinces, with names derived by combining the initial syllables or letters of the main islands in each.
Torres Islands and Banks Islands
Espiritu Santo and Malo
Pentecost/Pentecote, Ambae and Maewo
Malakula, Ambrym and Paama
Shepherd Group and Efate
Tanna, Aniwa, Futuna, Erromango and Aneityum/Anatom
Matthew and Hunter are uninhabited islands located to the southeast of Aneityum. The Aneityum people believe the islands are part of their ancient homeland. Aneityum seems to have supplied New Caledonia’s forefathers, and there are cultural ties, especially with the Loyalty Islands.
Other destinations in Vanuatu
- Epi Island
- Espiritu Santo is Vanuatu’s largest island and is known as a diver’s paradise. It has excellent ship wrecks for scuba diving, beautiful beaches, coconut plantations, rainforest, and traditional communities where young men still participate in age-old traditions to mark their coming of age, and where ladies are supplied with special accommodations during their menstruation. Champagne Beach can compete with any other beach in the South Pacific, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations.
- Malekula is an excellent location to immerse yourself in the many cultural traditions of Vanuatu’s indigenous peoples. This is a site where legends about cannibals and spirit caves come to life, and it’s a great place to see the ceremonial kastom dances of the natives, in this instance the Small Nambas and Big Nambas people.