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Tanna Travel Guide: 73 reviews and 167 photos

Preservation of the Past

Located just an hour flight away from the capital of Port Vila, Tanna Island is not only geographically separate from its counterpart in Vanuatu, but it is also worlds away in appearance and ambience.

Where Port Vila offers resort hotels, and a bustling central marketplace and social scene, Tanna Island is for those who cherish an unaffected small island lifestyle that fondly preserves the past and follows its own pace.

It's where a peaceful solitude is served up with a smile.

It's a blend of contradictions: mystery and simplicity, hardship and high hopes, solitude and solid community.........that has conspired to create the magical patchwork quality of Pacific Island life. It is a reality onto itself, with isolated beaches, rugged coastlines, volcanic peaks, and unique pockets of local island history wrapped up in traditions which add depth and dimension to its island flavor.

Today it is a remnant of a life and tradition not quite forgotten.

For me, it was a lesson in appreciation of simplicity.

Celebration of the Daily Life


  • Last visit to Tanna: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Firestar24's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2007 at 7:43 AM

    Oh - it's lovely! Simply lovely! :)

  • Nov 19, 2006 at 10:22 PM

    the bratwurst is leaving tonight for melbourne, so there goes that idea. will be another long dry spell of bratwurst im sure... until italy. loooooooooool

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2006 at 8:22 PM

    What an amazing place! Maybe I can travel there one dya...dreams, dreams. Happy birthday from Finland!

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2005 at 3:06 AM

    Simply amazing! Merry christmas and a happy New Year!

  • Dec 9, 2005 at 10:09 AM

    Some fabulous pictures here G_G! A long way from home, but one never knows..... Perhaps I shall get to this part of the world .....some day!:) Have a fab w/end!

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2005 at 6:09 AM

    Very interesting indeed. Tanna and all of Vanuatu remind me of my fathers photos from WWII.

  • Norali's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2005 at 8:28 AM

    Kava... Watching the preparation on Tv is already ..err... disgusting. Now, you talk about "sipping".. aargh !! Btw, what to do with a man with numb lips ? lol....

  • Bunnylbj's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2004 at 8:56 PM

    White Grass is such a beautiful place to stay!! My husband & I were there 2 months ago & loved it! I feel like Im looking at my own pictures! At night the sky is full of so many stars... it's definitely the most remote and romantic place I've stayed.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2004 at 3:53 AM

    Interesting and evocative.

  • tak_pap's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2004 at 7:41 AM

    impressive - I'm sure I'll need a month there to relax...


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