A dot in the ocean, the tiny island of Wala lies a short canoe-paddle away from Malekula, the second-largest island in Vanuatu, and is situated some 200 kilometres northwest of the capital, Port Vila.
Inhabited by just a few hundred people, Wala has no electricity, telephone service, roads or cars. Passengers are ferried ashore by tender and are free to wonder along the coral-strewn beaches, snorkel or take a dug-out canoe ride. Tours of the village and the cave that was reportedly once inhabited by cannibals are also available, while the villagers set up market stalls brimming with handmade souvenirs.
Passengers are greeted with a welcome dance performance heralded by the sound of the conch shell. And just as they do in Fiji, the local men will invite visitors to hang out at the "kava bar" (usually a makeshift tent with a few mats on the ground) and partake in a few bowls of the much-loved Pacific libation.
--By Caroline Gladstone, Cruise Critic contributor