With friendly Melanesia people, great snorkeling and diving, a strong village culture, and good shopping, Vanuatu is often considered the prime pick of the South Pacific. Each of the main islands has its own charms: Efate contains the capital Port Vila, along with the best eateries and resorts, plus good snorkeling; Tanna claims one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes; Espiritu Santo (or Santo) lures with beautiful beaches and shipwreck dive sites; and Pentecost Island is home to the legendary land divers.

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