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Mount Yasur, Tanna Island

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Marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty of Mount Yasur, an active volcano on Tanna Island that has been erupting continuously for 800 years. Mild eruptions still occur several times an hour. Despite its activity, visitors can approach this attraction safely according to strict government guidelines. Consider visiting late in the day so you can view the eruptions during both daylight and nighttime. Access involves a bumpy ride on rough roads and a short hike to the viewing point. When you go, keep in mind Captain James Cook himself was once drawn to the island by the volcano's glowing light and tried to climb the attraction before villagers stopped him, saying the volcano was sacred. Plan to visit Mount Yasur and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tanna Island attractions using our Tanna Island trip generator.
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  • An amazing up close experience with Mother Nature at her most powerful and beautiful. Worth traveling a long way to see. The tour operator did a great job leading us to a safe spot and making sure we ...  more »
  • Opinion in French and English. the Yasur volcano is exceptional and impressive. If there is only one thing see to Tanna it's this one. Once at the top you'll be mesmerized by the incandescent bombs explosions and the roar of the volcano. It is an exceptional show that few volcanoes offer (I've seen quite to Ambrym, Java etc...) A must see. The company that manages the volcano has two towers, one at 16:00 (dark) and one at 4:00 in the morning (Sunrise). 1st visit is the second to 4500 Vt Vt 7500, and then it's free. We made 3 visits, two at 4 pm and one at 4:00. Frankly, you'd be well returned a 4th time so it's magic. I recommend the 4 o'clock in the morning round because very few people and beautiful sunrise. With regard to the organisation of the tour, what a disappointment. It is organized as to Disney land, with speeches delivered by heart type of mass tourism. The traditional dance is soulless. For us who know Vanuatu for over 20 years is a real disappointment to see that. Little advice for those who come back twice and have no desire to be fader folklore 3 slot: during our second round we insisted to walk (45 minutes); We arrived at the same time that the Group and the rise is really pretty (take a headlamp). The Yasur volcano is BREATHTAKING and the main reason for a visit in Tanna. Don't miss it. We've made the turn 3 times (2 at 4 pm and one at 4 am) and I would have loved a 4th time. We've been hypnotized by the explosions of glowing bombs and the loud rumble of Yasur. The first visit is 7500 vt, the second 450 vt and it's free from the third. I advise the 4.00 am tour because there are very few people and the sunrise is magical. Concerning the organization it's another story. Everything looks fake (welcome, dances...) and far from the Vanuatu Spirit we know for years. They probably try to copy the worst of mass tourism, everything the tourists coming to Vanuatu want to avoid. Little suggestion for those who go for a second visit and want to escape this fake, Disney Land like welcome: insist to walk from the top of the volcano by yourself instead of beeing driven by car, this takes about 45 minutes and is easy if you are in good health condition (take water and a front torch). The walk is pleasant and you'll happen before the group.
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  • This was a highlight of our recent trip to Vanuatu. I was in awe and cant thank William and Luke enough for guiding us safely up, around and down the volcano...really incredible and i cant recommend t...  more »