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Vila, Vanuatu

Vila is the capital of Vanuatu, an archipelago of some 83 islands in the Coral Sea. Vanuatu is a new republic, having achieved independence from France and Britain in 1988. Before then the archipelago was better known as the New Hebrides, the name given the islands by Captain Cook. Cloaked in dense rainforest, these volcanic islands were little known until World War II, when the islands of Espiritu Santo and Efate served as Allied bases. Today increasing numbers of travelers visit Vila, drawn by its easy-going charm, superb white-sand beaches and pristine rainforest. The islands are also renowned for their excellent dive sites and for their big game fishing.

Vanuatu's visibility on the American scene increased when the CBS television series "Survivor" filmed in the archipelago. Vanuatu is also noted among anthropologist - its island of Tanna is home to the unique "John Frum" cargo cult.

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  • Secret Garden Secret Garden

    Stroll amidst magical botanical gardens, visit a reptile house, and view a collection of historical photographs. Take a peek inside reproductions of traditional huts, including a cannibal's house.

  • Mele Cascades Mele Cascades

    An energizing hike through lush rainforest flora leads you to spectacular Cascade Falls, a 150-foot-high tumbling waterfall that boasts naturally eroded rock pools perfect for a refreshing dip.

  • Eksasup Cultural Village Eksasup Cultural Village

    Experience the culture of Melanesia on a visit to a traditional village nestled in the rainforest. Watch hunting demonstrations, learn their customs, see sand drawings and hear tales of cannibalism.

  • Outdoor Adventures Outdoor Adventures

    If it's speed you crave, try a dune buggy tour or a jet boat cruise. For a more leisurely pace, enjoy floating on "The Barge," taking a glass-bottom boat excursion, or paddling an outrigger canoe.

  • Aquatic Adventures Aquatic Adventures

    The crystalline waters off Vila offer intimate views of colorful coral beds and tropical sea life. Thrill to diving excursions, which explore the dramatic reefs and the thrilling "Konada" shipwreck.

  • Traditional Village Traditional Village

    Leave Vila behind and explore Iarofa, a traditional island village. Warriors in ceremonial regalia greet you and teach you their customs and traditions. Thrill to a traditional fire walking ritual.

  • National Museum National Museum

    This exceptional museum showcases the natural history and culture of the Vanuatu island people. Peruse galleries of traditional artifacts, ceremonial headdresses, fine pottery and photographs.

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