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Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Roger Allnutt
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Mystery Island

A regular stopping place for South Pacific cruise ships, this tiny islet off the southern tip of the Vanuatu archipelago is totally uninhabited. Surrounded by clear blue waters and sheltered by coral reefs, it's the perfect spot for swimming and snorkelling. It only takes about 20 minutes to walk around the sandy shore. The marine life close to land is dazzlingly beautiful, and there's an array of colourful flora.

Used as an Allied forces landing strip in World War II, the grassy landing area dominates the centre of the island. When ships moor, villagers come from nearby Anatom island (off the larger volcanic island of Tanna), displaying a range of local artefacts for sale. Local children also entertain visitors with charming dancing and singing.  

--By Roger Allnutt, Cruise Critic contributor

About Mystery Island


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


Not much else to do if beaches do not appeal

Bottom Line

An uninhabited island for swimming, snorkeling, markets and a stroll

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Mystery Island Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards

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