Mount Yasur

Mount Yasur, Tanna Island: Address, Mount Yasur Reviews: 5/5

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This relatively short volcano (360 meters above sea level) is regularly active.
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1-2 hours
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RonLawrence
Poole, UK182 contributions
The earth moved for me
Oct 2020
Wow what an experience. Its fair to say that the earth moved for me. Not only that the volcano was in excellent form. Well worth a visit.
Written June 10, 2021
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JudefromAus
New South Wales, Australia27 contributions
Worthwhile adventure
Jan 2020
This was a great adventure although their safety standards are not as stringent as ours in Australia so you need to be very careful and, although children were there, not sure I'd be keen to take kids up there. It's a bit of a hike but no one rushes you. Once the sun goes down - WOW!
Written April 23, 2020
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Oliver M
Fuerth, Germany65 contributions
Breathtaking volcano trip
Mar 2020 • Couples
Wow. What an epic and mind blowing adventure. You get a straight view right into the heart of our planet. It is a mix of hell and purgatory :-)
The tour is profesionelly managed and easy to do. After a short but good security briefing, you drive a few minutes up to the crater. Then a short steep walk and you are at the rim. There are a lot of guides and securitys to keep everyone safe. There are also helmets, glasses and ash coats available - use them ;-)
If you are lucky, Mnt. Yasur is on level 2/5 activity, so you can get really close and walk to an epic view point. Nether bother what level 4/5 or 5/5 would mean. You will see the gas vents, the red glowing openings, ash and steam erruptions and finally a lot of bigger erruptions with lava bombs. And the whole time the volcano is grumbling like a thunderstorm. When the sun fades away, the epic lava show begins.
As long as the wind blows the usual path, you can enjoy it. If it turns around you get light acid ash rain and lots of sulfur gases, whitch lead to no fun ;-)
We did the afternoon/evening tour twice and it was a good choice. There is also a sunrise tour, but we did not manage to rise so early (start at 3am). You get 30% discount on the second visit and a 100% on the third. You never now the mood of the volcano, so you should spend a second day on Tanna as an option for a second try.
Written March 18, 2020
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CPPCN
London, UK33 contributions
Could’ve been way better. Seeing Lava not guaranteed.
Mar 2020 • Couples
First off the cost is very high especially when booked as a tour (15750 vatu). We were ok to pay though as the experience we expected would be worth it.
We were told on arrival that as the volcano was at a level 3 we couldn’t go to viewing points other than first one (point 5), this means we missed out on the best viewpoints. I get the safety but to charge full amount seems a little unfair.
This view might be good when the volcano is spewing lava high into the air. It didn’t on our visit so we really felt like we were missing out. We asked to go to higher viewing points to see into crater but were told it’s too dangerous. Just as it was beginning to get dark we were told abruptly that it was time to go. The glow was getting better even if there was no lava in sight.
We then went back to visitor centre for refreshments and were then informed that person responsible for them went home - so no refreshments. It could’ve been so much better. Not the easiest place in the world to get to and whilst we understand nature doesn’t always play by our rules they could’ve made the experience much better. Just by giving us some extra time to see the glow at least (rather than taking us to visitor centre to hang around for refreshments that never came). Frustrating to say the least.
Written March 12, 2020
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Dietrich F
Cleebronn, Germany106 contributions
An unforgettable experience
Feb 2020 • Couples
Visit the volcano in the late afternoon, then stay with the tour group until after sunset. (At daylight, it’s much less impressive).
The fire, the glowing stones been ejected and the earthshaking rumbling will be unforgettable.
Written February 26, 2020
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Lyn A
Bozeman, MT260 contributions
A must do if visiting Vanuatu, amazing.
Feb 2020
We took an Air Taxi tour from Port Vila to Tanna Island with George the pilot and booked with Mili. Spectacular views/eruptions from this active volcano. Air Taxi did the extras to make this a wonderful tour, including flying back the next day a mobile phone we left in the truck and was delivered to our hotel. What a great experience from the flight, the ride across Tanna Island and then the hike up to Mt. Yasur Volcano.
Written February 18, 2020
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Greg F
Auckland Central, New Zealand965 contributions
A once in a Lifetime Experience! Do it and you won’t regret it!
Apr 2019 • Couples
We booked the “Mount Yasur Classic Tour” with Tanna Adventures for 40,000 Vatu for 2 people. The prices are more or less the same through all the agencies, the only difference being on which side of the island you stay on. The cheapest I’ve seen was 15000 Vatu per person, if you don’t need transport.
Even though we changed our accommodation at the last minute, our pick up was on time. Esso and his brother in law picked us up for the drive across Tanna at 2.30 pm. I do wish the pick up was earlier as there was hardly anytime to stop along the way. Having said that Esso did stop twice (once for a view of the coast and the other once we were on the ash plain), but it did feel rushed.
We got to the visitor centre at 4, right in time for the briefing. All the different companies bring their clients here at 4 and then it’s over to the guys at Mount Yasur.
After the briefing we were put in a few trucks as we made our way up to the crater. Once up there, there are 3 different “minders” or guides who you need to stay with depending where you want to watch the explosions from. You are free to move about as long as you let them know.
Once you get past the initial awe and shock at where you are, Then comes the spectacle, the probably once in your lifetime experience. It gets better as the light fades and you can see the lava spitting out from the crater and literally feel the explosions beneath you feet. Nothing I would say here would describe the feeling, except that you would have goosebumps when you realise where you’re standing.
Initially during daylight it just looks like smoke everywhere depending on the wind direction, however give it some time. Again, I do wish we could wait a little longer once the sun went down but then again safety comes first. We did get a good 15-20 minutes of twilight to really bring out the colour. FYI: if you have a tripod, there is space to set up, just mind the wind and the ash. I would say you get a good hour in total at the top.
Would highly recommend this trip if you’re into adventure travel, though it’s not for the faint-hearted, you are standing on the rim of an active volcano after all. At times it does feel commercialised but I ask you to look past that and enjoy the experience. Snacks and soft drinks are provided back at the visitor centre. And we reached our accomodation at White Grass by 8PM.
Written January 23, 2020
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Sue A
Paradise Point, Australia11 contributions
Amazing
Jan 2020
Must see when visiting Tanna Island. It's a bumpy ride to the summit in a 4WD then a climb up some rough steps/path to a viewing area. This is not for the faint hearted!! The show this "Old Man" puts on is awesome. You can get some wonderful pictures and video from your mobile phone as well as the sound. You are that close!! Beware it can get very windy and rainy and the ash is like being sandblasted. They do provide rain coats, goggles and helmets to make it a bit more comfortable. A once in a lifetime experience.
Written January 20, 2020
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Liam M
Bangkok, Thailand75 contributions
Breathtaking! Doesn’t feel real
Oct 2019 • Couples
We got to witness a live volcano and we loved it. Would recommend this to anyone, it’s a once in a lifetime experience, walking through the warm ash ground looking down into the eyes of the volcano.

Don’t let the events of White Island volcano deter you, you can’t predict Mother Nature but you even do a cava ceremony before you go into the volcano which is meant to protect your journey to the top !

I was picked as the guy to give the cava to the chief and it meant a lot to me.

Honestly do a trip to Vanuatu you will love it.
Written January 2, 2020
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Anthony
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
One in a lifetime experience
Dec 2019 • Couples
We send in the evening tour. The sight of the volcano erupting at night was breathtaking. Highly recommend doing it at dusk.
Written December 29, 2019
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