Aneityum ground orchid, Vanuatu
Mystery Island beach, Aneityum, Vanuatu
Aneityum sunset, Vanuatu
Aneityum tree orchid, Vanuatu
Port Patrick beach, Aneityum, Vanuatu
Port Patrick petroglyphs, Aneityum, Vanuatu
Cooling down after a morning bushwalk, Aneityum, Vanuatu
Walking Aneityum Miko Guesthouse Kenneth's Bungalows Mystery Island

Aneityum, a tropical island paradise
Aneityum is Vanuatu's southernmost inhabited island. The interior is mountainous and covered with wet, dark forest. Along the coast, pine plantations contrast with coconut palms, white sand beaches and coral reefs. Aneityum is a good island for walking, not too large and with a cooler climate. Mystery Island is all beaches and reefs and a popular cruise ship destination.

Aneityum's main source of income is tourism (cruise ships) followed by small scale logging of the pine plantations. If planning a private and quiet retreat to Mystery Island then check the cruise ship itineraries with the Vanuatu Tourism Office in Port Vila before setting out. There are very few other visitors and ample accommodation so you needn't worry about crowds at other times. Most visitors have Mystery Island to themselves.

Aneityum is far from Port Vila and it's an expensive flight. To get the most value out of your airfare then, and if you have time, visit Tanna and/or Erromango on the same ticket (it costs only a few thousand Vatu more).

There are basically three choices for accommodation on Aneityum:
Island Breeze Bungalows, Anelgauhat
Mystery Island Bungalows, Mystery Island
Miko Guesthouse, Anelgauhat

There are two flights a week to Aneityum, you can download a schedule from the Air Vanuatu domestic website.
The grass airstrip is on Inyeug Island. A return air fare from Port Vila is 35233 Vatu (May 2006). Exchange Rates. Tourists with a return Air Vanuatu ticket get a 20% discount on this price. There are no regular shipping services to Aneityum.

The tourism project has a dedicated speed boat with transfers to and from the island free for guests (about 200 Vatu for non-guests or when travelling in other boats).

Services and Suggestions
Anelgauhat, in the south is Aneityum's main settlement. There are a couple of basic stores, telephones, and a medical dispensary. It's a good idea to have a warm shirt when visiting Aneityum and a light rain jacket in the cooler months (around August).

Aneityum is malaria-free. Expect to be tested on arrival at the airport!

Last updated: Jan 2014 by Stephen

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