How to get back to nature in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Back in the 17th century, Spanish explorer Pedro De Quiros first set foot on Espiritu Santo, mistakenly thinking he had found Australia. Although nowhere near as large as Australia, it is the largest of Vanuatu’s 83 islands and has a multitude of experiences to offer visitors keen to look further than tourist mainstay Efate.
Increasingly accessible thanks to air services from Brisbane with Air Vanuatu, a growing number of visitors are being wooed by Santo’s offer of pristine beaches and a low-key tourist experience.
Swim to a waterfall
Everyone’s seen a waterfall before, but few can say they have ever done it quite like this. The staff at Oyster Island Resort will strap a life vest on you, then encourage you to leap off a three metre ledge into the Sarakata River. The gentle current will carry you past rocky hill faces until you arrive at the base of the spectacular Mount Hope Waterfall. The adventure doesn’t end there. After clambering out of the river and up the face of the waterfall with the aid of your guides and fellow adventurers, you’ll be rewarded with the reverse view of the cascade.