Call me a daredevil
For the first article about my trip to Vanuatu, I'm taking you immediately to the last Island we've visited, Tanna. The reason why I start with this story is because I'm preparing bigger articles about the main Island Efate and it's capital city, Port Vila. I hope you enjoy reading it!
Tanna is one of the eighty Islands that form Vanuatu, a country in the South Pacific. Its main attraction is probably Mount Yasur, the most accessible dry volcano in the world because you can stand on top of the rim looking in. It has been nearly continuously erupting for centuries, although usually it can be approached safely.
From the Volcano Museum you can book tours to go and visit the volcano during the day or even by night. Both are completely different vibes you get. Because during the day you get to witness how giant and impressive the volcano mountain is. By night you can see the red hot magma exploding in the air. I'm a daredevil, always have been. That shows how fearless I am in life and how daring I am to take risks. Yet this time I thought to myself: what the hell did I do! It does something for you to walk on the edge of a volcano, with on your right loads of ashes and gases being blown into your face at crazy speeds and on your left that deep abyss of which you know: I'm going to have to get down from it. Did I mention that I went ash boarding?
My first time ash boarding
I was really looking forward to this whole trip. Because I'd never been on an active volcano before. Funny things is that I've never even been on a snowboard! But I've always wanted to. So I thought since I've never had the opportunity to go snowboarding before and there I was: then why not go and do some ash boarding?
Then you are on top of it and ready to descend. Quickly a picture for the gram (of course!) and let's go! It went very fast that descent. Probably too fast when you know that a few seconds later I was upside down. Luckily I was able to get back on my feet and descended further.
The pride I felt when I came down: Victory and euphoria!
Would I do it again? Yes, without a doubt! It was one the most exciting and terrifying things I've tried in my life. But the thrill of going down a Volcano is beyond amazing.
How to get there?
1.5 hour drive from White Grass Airport and 1.25 hour from Lenakel. You can book a trip through Trip Advisor or ask the local Vanuatu Tourist Office in Port Vila. Or just send me an e-mail or leave me a message and I'll point you in the right direction and tell you who to contact and how.
Are you a thrill seeker too? Tell me about your most adventurous experience at @angeloveroofficial.