Espiritu Santo, Spanish for “holy spirit,” is the largest island in Vanuatu – and arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth. With sparkling blue waters, picture-perfect beaches, and lush island vegetation, this South Pacific archipelago provides endless opportunities for scuba divers and snorkelers looking for something new to discover.
Attractions in Espiritu Santo are varied. Exploring the crystalline waters off the coast reveals hidden treasures – including dumped World War II memorabilia and the wreck of the SS President Coolidge. The Millennium Cave, tucked in the rainforest and surrounded by waterfalls, is an incredible experience for any tourist.
Travelers can choose from many options for accommodation in Espiritu Santo, from hostels full of young explorers from around the world to private vacation rental properties. Luganville, the provincial capital located on the southeast coast of Espiritu Santo, boasts a range of hostel and hotel choices, as well as plenty of restaurants and bars to allow visitors to experience a bit island nightlife.
Day tours and excursions can be booked in advance or on site, letting tourists get up and close and personal with this tropical paradise. Cruise ships stop here frequently, so expect to see many guests passing through the markets or heading out to explore the area. Much of the island’s economy is supported by their tourism industry, so the locals are always happy to greet new visitors.
For travelers who want to explore more of the island’s wildlife, consider making a visit to the Loru Rainforest Protected Area in the lowland rainforests of Espiritu Santo. This large reserve was established in 1993, and is home to a wide variety of the archipelago’s plant, bird, and bat life – as well as marine species that dwell in the reefs just off the coastline.
Direct flights are available to Espiritu Santo’s main airport, Pekoa, with shuttles and taxi services available to bring guests to their hotel or hostel in nearby Luganville.
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