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Mystery Island

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Published October 21st 2016
Discover the mysteries of paradise at Mystery Island
The gentle waves crash upon the shore with little might and the palm trees sway side to side as the slight breeze offers comfort from the strength of the heated sun. Whilst crystal clear waters tempt you and the pure isolation provides serenity, you then realise that you have found paradise!

A view of Mystery Island from our cabin-


Located on the southernmost point of Vanuatu, this secret gem is certainly the jewel of the South Pacific.

Enjoying a stroll around the relaxing tropical setting...


It is completely uninhabited and formerly was used as an Allied forces landing strip during WWII. Today this piece of heaven is filled with palm trees, sweet seclusion, white sands and crystal clear tranquil waters.

View from the pier of the mysterious Mystery Island...


Mystery Island is only reachable by cruise ships or tours from Port Vila or surrounding islands. The locals live across the waters on Tanna and visit during the day when cruise ships are in port. The warmth and friendliness of the people offers more tranquillity to the mysteriousness of this island.

The entire island...


Getting stuck on a deserted island cannot be more fun, as there are plenty of things to do, see and experience on this piece of paradise.

Admiring the relaxing tropical views from the water...


Stop and admire the peace and tranquillity on this majestic island. Enjoy the clear and placid turquoise waters, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. The snorkelling is one of the best in the South Pacific, as you discover the mysterious that lay beneath with the many marine life and surrounding coral reef.

Some of the many marine life we discovered while snorkelling the clear waters...


There are no official shops on the island, but the locals come to the island to sell their handicrafts goods. So be sure to check out the creations and why not take back home an authentic memento!



The Beach Village Markets are the perfect stop to wander through and meet the friendly happy locals selling sarongs, postcards, island trinkets and much more. There's a large open air braiding hut and various food and drink stands. Be sure to try the freshly caught lobster and banana pie!

It certainly is your very own aquarium at the waters of Mystery Island...


Take a local tour to swim with turtles and sharks, enjoy a massage under the palm trees or by the sea for $10, take a boat ride around the island which is around 20 minutes or just simply take a walk around the island (takes around 45 minutes) which is the perfect way to explore the seclusion and beauty of the island.

Anyone up for human soup?


There is an array of activities to enjoy here as well as doing absolutely nothing but admiring the beauty and relaxing.

The overcast weather did not stop us from having a great time!


Mystery Island is a gem like no other, and being uninhabited makes it more intriguing. The beautiful surroundings, the friendly locals and the mysteriousness of the water, as well as the mysteries of what really happened here during the war, are some of the reasons why I keep coming back to this haven.

Even on an overcast day, the beauty does not disappoint


An interesting fact about Mystery Island; In 1974 while Queen Elizabeth was sailing from Port Vila to Australia as part of a Pacific Tour, she made an unscheduled stop at Mystery Island for a royal picnic in paradise. Many of the community elders fondly remember meeting the Queen!

We spotted this large sea cucumber while snorkelling


Upon arrival to Mystery Island, it is not hard to see why Queen Elizabeth did this unscheduled stop in paradise. The beauty is beyond description and with a stamp of royal approval, it is the ultimate attraction on the bucket list.

Can you spot out the camouflaging fish?


If you want to escape it all, be in pure paradise and explore the wonders of islands, then this is a must visit attraction!

The local currency is Vatu (VUV), however, the Australian dollar is accepted. Bring cash only as there are no card services.

The locals speak English, so no worries there!

We went on Princess Cruises. Most cruise lines do stop at Mystery Island.

Some of the local tours you can enjoy for a great price too!


The massage shack...

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Why? Explore pure paradise...
When: All year round
Where: Mystery Island, Vanautu
Cost: Free - there are also tours on the island for a fee
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Spent a week in Vanuatu a few years ago and must say we loved it!
by Elaine (score: 3|5154) 639 days ago
Vanuatu is amazing. Keep coming back for more! - Thanks Elaine :)
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