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Ambrym Island, Vanuatu

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Ambrym Island, Vanuatu

The spectacular volcanic island of Ambrym lies within the archipelago of Vanuatu in the South Pacific Ocean. The island is famous for its active volcanoes, Mount Benbow and Mount Marum, which have erupted numerous times during the 20th century. Ambrym’s spectacular natural landscape boasts lush vegetation and pristine coastline, where white sandy beaches meet crystal clear ocean waters, ideal for diving and swimming. The island also has a vibrant, deeply spiritual culture rooted in so called black magic, which is demonstrated through the various traditional wood carvings found across the island as well as the mysterious dances performed by the welcoming local population. Ambrym is a beautiful and idyllic paradise, cut off from the modern world, where visitors can relax in a peaceful and secluded environment.

Sight-seeing in Ambrym

The north coast of Ambrym is an excellent place to participate in scuba diving and snorkelling in the clear ocean waters that surround the island. Fascinating wildlife including dugongs, sea turtles and an abundance of colourful species of fish inhabit the oceans off the coast of the island, which makes them an ideal diving location. Northern Ambrym also has an exquisite natural spring where dugongs and turtles also reside.

Mount Benbow and Mount Marum

Mount Benbow and Mount Marum stand at an astonishing 1160 metres and 1270 metres respectively and are known to vent regularly throughout the year. Bold ramblers can choose to go on volcano treks to view the breath-taking views from the top and appreciate the astounding volcanic scenery on the way up. Hikers will need to arrange volcano treks with a tour guide to make sure that they stay safe during the walk.

Local Culture

Ambrym’s fascinating local culture is on display all over the island and visitors should take time to discover more about the local people and their ancient customs. Sculpted tree trunks, known as tam tams or slit gongs, can be found in villages across the island and mark the area in which the local people will perform sacred dance rituals. The most remarkable of these traditional dances is the Rom dance, which is a male only affair and is shrouded in secrecy. Other more public dances that visitors can witness for themselves include the Hipipur, Welele and Roplar dances, which are usually performed to celebrate weddings or important dates on the Vanuatu calendar.

Craig Cove

Craig Cove is a craggy bay to the west of the island, popular with local fisherman. The bay is situated close to the island’s airport and offers spectacular coastal views out over the Pacific Ocean.

Shopping in Ambrym

A small selection of stalls and gift shops are open on the island of Ambrym, where visitors can purchase souvenirs and mementos of their time on the island. Souvenirs usual come in the form of traditional arts and crafts or locally grown produce.

Eating Out in Ambrym

A variety of local cuisine can be purchased across the island. The local dishes usually consist of freshly grown fruit and vegetation as well as locally caught seafood dishes.

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