Mystery Island, Vanuatu

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This tiny, uninhabited inlet, originally named Inyeug, is located at the southernmost end of the Vanuatu archipelago approximately half a mile from the mainland, Aneityum Island. Used during World War II as an airstrip for the allied forces, it was dubbed "Mystery Island" because its location prevented the Japanese from seeing it from the water, making the appearance of allied planes a "mystery." With its white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees and spectacularly clear waters, Mystery Island still holds the allure of a secret oasis. You are greeted upon arrival by live music wafting through the air and a colorful marketplace with rows of stalls selling everything from handicrafts to local treats to hair-braiding services. For the adventurous, aquatic activities, snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddleboards beckon, while a glass-bottom boat offers a more sedate and drier way to enjoy the Technicolor marvel of the surrounding coral reef. Round out your visit with a trip to a nearby cultural village to learn more about the traditions and customs of island life.

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  • Marketplace  Marketplace

    Stroll among the colorful stalls displaying locally produced handicrafts, woven hats, sarongs and other souvenirs, and chat with the friendly locals. A hair braiding service completes your island look.

  • Snorkel Experience Snorkel Experience

    With visibility up to 50 feet, the crystalline waters surrounding Mystery Island's coral reef make for a memorable snorkeling experience. Tours provide gear and fish food to entice the marine life for up-close views.

  • Glass-Bottom Boat Glass-Bottom Boat

    Explore the underwater paradise hidden within the unspoiled waters off Mystery Island without getting wet. Glide over the complex ecosystem of the coral reef, revealing the colorful marine life below.

  • Glass-Bottom Kayak Glass-Bottom Kayak

    Paddle through tranquil island waters with an experienced guide on a tour of the island's landmarks above sea level, and look through your vessel's transparent window for views of the spectacular coral reefs.

  • Stand-Up Paddleboard Stand-Up Paddleboard

    The latest beach craze, a SUP is a fun and exciting way to see the sights. An ideal exercise that strengthens the "core" muscles, it's an exhilarating way to explore the bay between Mystery Island and the mainland.

  • Cultural Village Cultural Village

    Immerse yourself in the ancient traditions and customs of this indigenous tribal people.

  • Modern Village Tour  Modern Village Tour

    Explore the daily lifestyle of the Aneityum people in this quintessential island experience when you are invited into local residents' homes to learn about village life, food cultivation, and cultural celebrations.


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