Tanna is all about the volcano for the wider tourist trade, however Tanna is the most exciting island of Vanuatu. Tanna has retained a large amount of its culture with minimum influence from the west. It is the true "black man" island.
Island Dream Bungalows its owners and staff, remind you that there is a whole bunch more to do and see on Tanna! They are very close to Mt Yasur (on the best side of the island) near Port Resolution and offer tours and transport to this most amazing volcano, and its surrounds.
First things first, the accommodation. I stayed in, (a stand alone bungalow built from local materials with a shared bathroom) was simple comfortable and offered and amazing view of the volcano smoke. The bedding was warm and was a spring mattress. The shared showers were excellent by Vanuatu bungalow standards. Another traveler who caught the airport transport with me (arranged when I booked my room) stayed in a bungalow with a bathroom attached was very impressed also. I saw an awesome looking tree house but did not get to look inside. Check out the pics.
The food and service really impressed me. Food first, It was a perfect blend of island food (Kai Kai), and western influence. By this I mean it was tasty yet used the freshest of ingredients. The evening meal was amazing. The breakfast was also a treat, and after almost four months of Vanuatu travel and Kai Kai (food) you know when you get the good stuff.
The owners and staff. These guys are way ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding tourism in Vanuatu. They are genuine,friendly and open people, like all Tanna and Vanuatu folks, but they also understand your needs. You will be picked up at the airport (with all the important questions asked of you whilst booking), where you will then be driven for 2.5 hrs to the bungalows passing across the ash plain and close to Mt Yasur on-route. Its in a 4WD and its neededed because the roads in Vanuatu are rough. Once on the property you can arrange the activities for the rest of your stay. Sam and Nancy the owners will help you out when it comes to all advice.
I insist you do the afternoon to evening tour to Mt Yasur. Its Unbelievable! I went to Port Resolution, the white beach and to the hot springs, both were very good. There are plenty of other activities also Shark and Turtle bays. Ask about a women's centre near the yacht club where you can buy shells, hand woven bags, mats, and other cool stuff. Your cash goes directly to the community.
My only regret is not staying longer at this amazing place. I can always go back.
Transport to the bungalows from the airport is 5000 vt ($50 AUD) approx per car, same return. The cost is shared between all travelers. All other tours come at a cost, arranged at time of organising. Entering the Volcano has its own separate entry fee so expect to be charged extra for any tour price quoted by the 4WD driver.
If you require any further assistance with advice about any part of Vanuatu do not hesitate to contact me.