This short 30 second video that I shot will let you know what this post is all about, and turn up the volume for the full effect:
Mt Yasur Volcano, Tanna Island, Vanuatu.
I had the desire to go really far away. The South Pacific seemed really far away. I found an app online that was called something like, ‘What South Pacific Island is Best for You?’ I answered a handful of questions and it generated this answer: Vanuatu.
Vanu-what???? Mind you, I’m reasonably good at geography but I needed some Google-action with Vanuatu.
Hmmm. Remote island-nation. Check. Never heard of it. Check. Has a volcano. Check. So I bought a ticket and off I went.
More about Vanuatu in future posts.
Experiencing Mt Yasur Volcano. I stayed in a guest-hut (Volcano Island Paradise Bungalow) in a wonderful village near the volcano. Please note that all photos and videos in this post were taken by me with my Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS.
Getting to the volcano was a reasonable walk up, but hitching a ride for a few Vatus (the currency of Vanuatu) was easy too.
The volcano is best shown in photos and video.
And then the activity really started.
As night fell the activity got stronger.
About Mt Yasur Volcano. “Mt Yasur volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It is estimated that the volcano has been consistently erupting for about 800 years.” It stands about 405 meters (1328 ft) about sea level. The cone is about 400 meters (1312 ft) in diameter. There is a fee from the village/tribe that owns the land of 2250 Vatu (about 20 USD) for the first visit and less for any additional visit – well worth it for this up close, unique, and intimate experience with our planet earth. The activity rating of the volcano is on a 4 point scale. If the level is 1 or 2 you can go up to the crater. If it is 3 or 4, then access is restricted. It was level 2 when I was there.
More to come about the wonderful nation of Vanuatu, its capital Port Vila and Efate, Tanna Island, and getting there.