During my amazing visit to Vanuatu, Australia’s closet tropical island neighbor, I was so very fortunate to be able to visit the stunning Tranquility Island, arguably one of the Pacific’s top snorkeling and scuba dive paradise.
This is a not a grand resort, but one that does really exude what tropical Vanuatu is all about, a 2 star eco beach front property of 900-acres with only 8 clean, well equipped and rustic beach bures, all island-style and featuring a balcony with ocean views … and for those staying, the price includes full board. For those on a budget there is also the choice of mixed dormitory room with shared bathroom facilities.
am not really into diving but the snorkeling is simply superb and I loved that the island has an endangered Hawksbill turtle program and I made a donation of AUD60.00 to release a tagged adolescent turtle, which was a very special experience.
There are so many coral gardens and plenty of beautiful coloured fish, right off the beach and I was so fortunate to encounter a huge turtle, with the snorkeling just amazing!
They also told me that Tranquility Island Resort is a world renowned scuba diving base offering over 18 different dive sites, with
The tour desk specialises in scuba diving courses for all levels as well as snorkeling trips, with free kayak rental and across the island offering heaps of hiking trails and of course visits to the native turtle breeding site and I was told that the fishing off Tranquility is amazing and fishing charters can also be arranged on request.
For those that want to remain connected, Wi-Fi is available in the public areas and for great eating, the Beach House Restaurant overlooks the ocean, serving a 3 meal international cuisine menu that changes each day and there is a great bar that offers light refreshments.
Tranquility is also very easy to get to, located 20 minutes’ ferry from Havannah Harbour, which is around 1 hour from Port Vila’s Bauerfield International Airport via ferry and shuttle bus.
When I am stressed at work Tranquility is somewhere I think about and somewhere I must most certainly visit again!
An on location report from Efate and Tanna, Vanuatu by Jodie Hill.