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Top things to do in Vanuatu – A quintessential Pacific adventure

Vanuatu is a nation of islands spread across nearly 1300 square kilometres in the Pacific Ocean. Recent years have seen many visitors from across the world come to explore this unexplored paradise.

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Millennium Cave

If you're staying at the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu which is easily one of the best hotels in Vanuatu – you can without any trouble arrange a guided tour to this massive cave which is hidden in the jungle. You will have to trek through the rainforest, pass by waterfalls, wade through rocky pools and cross rapids to arrive at this wondrous place – but it is truly worth the journey.

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National Museum of Vanuatu

A one-hour guided tour through this amazing museum includes a traditional instrument demonstration and sand drawing – which is very insightful to the local indigenous culture and intriguing to witness. The main attraction of the museum is, however, it's an amazing collection of traditional artefacts such 'tam-tam', outrigger canoes, ceremonial headdresses, shell jewellery and beautiful Lapita and Wusi pottery.

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Mele Cascades

Mele Cascades is one of the most visited places in Vanuatu. It is a gorgeous series of clear blue pools that culminate in an awe-inspiring 35m waterfall hidden amidst the rainforest. The location is as photogenic as it gets and shutterbug's delight. The path to reach the falls are a bit slippery but quite navigable. There is also a nice cafe near the cascades which is a great spot to relax a bit after the trek there.

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Port Olry

Port Olry is a quaint fishing village which demands a few days at least of your stay in Vanuatu. The village is set beside a gorgeous curve of white sandy beach and clear turquoise water. There is a stunning reef just off-shore which offers amazing snorkelling opportunities and the locals rent out boats which can take you to any of the three nearby islands. There are a few beachside restaurants which are definitely worth checking out also.

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L'Houstalet

This restaurant has been in operation for over 40 years and is somewhat of an institution. L'Houstalet is most famous for its exotic cuisine which combines local unexpected local ingredients with a French culinary etiquette. The restaurants most popular dishes include; flying fox, wild pigeon and garlic snails. However, they do also serve more ordinary fare like pasta and pizza.

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Wahoo Bar

This is one of the most laidback restaurants you'll come across anywhere in the Pacific. It overlooks the Havannah Harbour and serves some of the best fresh fish. The burgers and steaks are quite popular but even if you don't stay for a meal have a beer and enjoy the view. Customers are offered free snorkelling gear if they are tempted to go for a swim straight of the deck.

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Kesorn's Exotic Thai Kitchen

Kesorn's is a true and authentic Thai experience – they serve delicious food including fragrant curries such as; red duck curry and Penang prawn. The ingredients are sourced locally and are as fresh as fresh can be. The restaurant is quite popular and you might have to book ahead, however. But there is no question – it is really worth it.