Mystery Island, Vanuatu
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Discover the world under the sea without getting wet on a glass-bottom boat adventure.
Unspoiled Mystery Island is a petite island pearl located at the southern end of the Vanuatu archipelago, one of more than 80 in the Vanuatu island chain. This uninhabited island boasts some of the most spectacular natural beauty you'll ever see. With crystal-clear waters and sugary sand beaches shaded by swaying palms, this is a true island oasis of tranquility and tropical splendor in the South Pacific. The waters off Mystery Island are a Marine Protected Area, offering a wonderful opportunity to see marine life and the ecosystem of the colorful coral reef.
A one-hour glass-bottom boat ride, suitable for all ages, may be the perfect way to take in all the ocean's splendor. The vessel offers both sun and shade. The coral formations and marine life are seen through large windows that line the hull of the boat.
A kaleidoscope of color and picture-perfect tableaux are captured as you gently glide at a speed that allows for photography. Tropical fish and other sea creatures come out to say hello, and if you are lucky, friendly sea turtles will make a guest appearance. Above sea level, the landscapes are breathtaking, and the crew will point out points of interest and unusual flora on the horizon.
You'll also learn the history of the island, officially called Inyeug, which was used during World War II as an Allied forces landing strip. In 1974, Queen Elizabeth was so intrigued by the island's beauty that she made an impromptu stop here for a picnic on the beach.
Cruising back along the sunny shores, take in the incredible vistas and plan the rest of your day on the magical Mystery Island.
Wear light clothing and comfortable walking shoes; bring a hat and sunscreen. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.