109,000 Annual Visitors
Where? Exactly. This small cluster of roughly 80 islands in the South Pacific, off the coast of Australia and tucked somewhere between the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Fiji, is one of the least visited destinations on the planet. With only 109,000 annual arrivals reported, it’s about as remote a destination as one can find.
The reason for the lack of major tourism is purely based on location and flight frequency: it is far removed from other countries, and flights are limited unless you’re coming from Australia, which offers direct flights from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to the capital, Port Vila.
That said, those who make the effort to travel to this far-flung corner of the globe will certainly be rewarded.
Adventurists will relish the deserted beaches, world-class diving, rugged coastline and epic waterfalls. You can even hike the active volcano, Mt. Yasur, and then literally ashboard back down.
Culture vultures will love the opportunity to drink the mystical beverage, kava, with a local village chief. And divers will forget the world above the waterline once they discover the treasures underneath the waves that can only be found in Vanuatu.
It might be a trek to get here, but it is worth every long layover.