Nguna volcano summit hikeNguna Island, Vanuatu
Nguna Volcano Summit Hike isn't the hardest walk you'll ever do but there's a fair chance that it's the best view of tropical islands you'll find anywhere in the world.
Reaching Nguna Island and the dormant volcano is just as enjoyable as the walk itself. You'll drive 45 minutes to the north of Efate from Port Vila the capital and then head over to nearby Nguna Island on a local banana boat and here the walking starts in one of the picturesque water front villages. As you reach the summit their are stunning views of the islands and tropical Vanuatu.
The hike is about 3.5 hours to the top and and back and takes you through the community gardens, the well used paths around villages and through the jungle. The final climb is steeper and across the grassy planes to the summit looking down into the dormant crater.
At approximately 500 metres of elevation it's not Everest, but you'll work up a sweat and be impressed with the view. It's all big blue sky and island after island literally as far as you can see.
When you descend to the base you'll be well rewarded with a mouth watering tropical fruit platter and once you wipe the mango juice from your chin don't forget to have a swim. Ask for a snorkel and mask if you didn't bring one. The coral, turtles and fish life are next level and it's a fitting denoument that rounds of a perfect day.
- Walking through villages and seeing everyday life on a real pacific island with no electricity or sophisticated infrastructure
- Chatting to the locals who love to share their stories and make new friends
- The stunning view of all the other islands from the top of Nguna
- The refreshing snorkel and swim at the end of the hike
- Toilet facilities will be really simple. Bring a few tissues
- Pack some snacks and water, the local shops don’t have much beyond rice and necessities
Air Vanuatu flies direct to Vanuatu from major airports on the west coast of Australia. Vanuatu is closer than many other pacific islands so its usually only a 2.5 to 3.5 hour flight making a quick escape easy. From the capital Port Vila, you will drive up to the north of the island and take a small local boat to Nguna Island.
It’s uphill and through small local paths with no prepared walkways or route signage. You’ll need a local guide.
It’s not just the views from the Nguna volcano summit…it’s the people, the swim, the villages we want you to experience, that’s why we’re sharing this highlight with you provided by our buddies at santo.travel