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About Mystery Island

It might only be a drop in the South Pacific ocean but Mystery Island has captivated the hearts and imaginations of Australian cruisers.

Inyeug (as it's known by the locals) is an uninhabited paradise on the southernmost tip of Vanuatu. From a distance, the coconut trees and sandy beaches look inviting, but it's not until you're nearly at the dock that the true magnificence of this unspoilt tropical island becomes apparent.

Island life moves at a different pace and one of the first things visitors are enveloped by is the serenity. There are three sounds that will tickle your ears here: the sublime harmonies of the locals that fill the humid air; the lapping of gentle waves; and the hacking of machetes against young coconuts. There is a fourth sound -- a twin-engine Air Vanuatu plane, however only a handful of people witness this rare occurrence (twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays).

The beauty of Mystery Island is that you can do as little or as much as you want. If snorkelling and swimming are what you desire, then this sublime spot provides some of the clearest, pristine waters in the Pacific. If you'd like to explore the island on foot, it's an easy half-an-hour walk -- just don't stumble onto the grass airstrip. Local tours are available, and the operators are organised and friendly. Cruise passengers can also peruse the market stalls for souvenirs or get your hair braided.

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DAY 1: Sydney

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DAY 1: Sydney

32 Night
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DAY 1: Sydney

13 Night
Cruise to Mystery Island

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Royal Caribbean International
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DAY 1: Adelaide

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14 Night
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16 Night
Cruise to Mystery Island

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Cairns
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Cruise Line:
Silversea Cruises
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Why go to Mystery Island?

Pros:

Makeshift shacks sell fresh seafood and snacks to snorkellers coming in from the beach.

Cons:

Not much else to do if beaches do not appeal.

Bottom Line:

An uninhabited island for swimming, snorkelling, markets and a stroll.

Good to Know?

Getting to Mystery Island via cruise ship tender only takes a few minutes, but due to the rough swells, it's also a port that is sometimes missed. The island itself has no residents (according to local legend, it's haunted), so the local tour operators arrive every day from nearby islands such as Aneityum. Ensure you bring adequate bottled water with you, as there is no fresh water on Mystery Island (although fresh coconut water is sold for AU$3). Food and drink is very limited.

Sunscreen and hats are essential and reef shoes are a good idea due to the amount of coral. Take a first-aid kit as any cuts or scrapes can be treated immediately. Also be mindful that, at certain times, bluebottle jellyfish are in the water and deliver a nasty sting. There are limited bathroom facilities (just a bush toilet).

Hair braiding on Mystery Island is well organised and there are quite a number of local women who deftly create a number of different styles. Prices range from AU$10 to $25 and a full head takes about 20 minutes to complete. It's not necessary to take your own combs and elastics, but the braiders appreciate any extra accessories that visitors bring ashore.

If you're bringing school supplies ashore, a note from a Customs Officer must be obtained from the ship prior to arriving (see reception the day before for details).

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Australian dollars are accepted on Mystery Island and it's best to take small denominations. Most souvenirs are under AU$20 and some start from as little as AU$3.

Language?

Due to the constant visitors, most locals communicate well in English, however many speak French and also native languages.


Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2018 Top-Rated South Pacific Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated South Pacific Destinations
  • 2016 Top-Rated Asia & South Pacific Destinations
  • 2015 Top-Rated Asia & South Pacific Destinations

Mystery Island Cruise Reviews

wheels1000
Sail Date: Feb 2020
I stayed on board but went last year and its a small island of 1 km long. Drinks, swimming etc and a village visit nearby is all on offer. WW2 short airstrip still used for supplies. Mystery island is not the... Read More
Russell Stephens
Sail Date: Dec 2019
For a small islet, Mystery Island is quite good. There are nice beaches and a walking track around it that only takes about 45 minutes. There are also a few small shops.... Read More
JAC646
Sail Date: Mar 2020
Toured round the island ourselves... Read More
Lisa.I
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Lovely small Island with snorkelling opportunities. Make sure you eat a good breakfast as there is not much food offered on the island, as everything is bought in for the day by boats from the main island by the... Read More
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