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Vanuatu is the former New Hebrides, a chain of 83 islands separating the Coral Sea from the rest of the South Pacific Ocean. It straddles the circumpacific Ring of Fire, and Vanuatu's active volcanoes are many. Here British and French colonial administrations lorded over the native Melanesian or Ni-Vanuatu people until independence in 1980.

Today a mix of scuba divers, yachties, honeymooners, and adventure tourists arrive to tour one of the Pacific's most colorful destinations.

All photos on are by David Stanley, author of Moon Handbooks South Pacific. The images on this page are details. To view the complete photos, click on the thumbnails.

Yasur Volcano, Tanna, Vanuatu

Yasur Volcano, Tanna

Yasur is one of the most accessible active volcanoes in the world. Visitors can easily walk right to the crater's edge, and the island of Tanna is also well known for its traditional culture and Jon Frum Cargo Cult.
Ambrym Carving, Vanuatu

A pole carved in the style of the tamtams (slit drums) of Ambrym.

Beach, Efate Island, Vanuatu

A white sandy beach on the west side of Efate Island, Vanuatu.

Downtown Port Vila, Vanuatu Parliament Building, Port Vila Custom Dancers, Vanuatu

A lively street scene in downtown Port Vila, Vanuatu's capital.

Vanuatu's Parliament Building was built with Chinese aid money.

Custom dancers on Independence Day in Port Vila.

Childrens Day, Tanna, Vanuatu Captain Cook Rock, Tanna Interisland Ferry, Vanuatu

A parade on Tanna for Children's Day, a public holiday in Vanuatu.

This rock off Tanna is mentioned in Captain Cook's Journal.

Passengers preparing to embark on the interisland ferry Dinh I.

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