Tanna Adventures gives you the MT Yasur Big Day Out Tour

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Tour 1 - The Classic Mount Yasur Trip.

Tour 2 - Port Resolution / Shark Bay Trip.

Tour 3 - Mt Yasur Tour - "THE BIG DAY OUT"

Tour 4 - Blue Cave Trip.

Tour 5 - BlackManTown / Giant Banyan Trip.

Walk 1 - Second (Lenuingao) Waterfall & Beach Walk

Walk 2 - 'Kastom' Trails Walk to Esso's.

Walk 3 - 'Kastom' Trails Walk to Black Magic.

Walk 4 - First (Lenuanatuaiu) Waterfall Walk.

Walk 5 - Central Highlands River Pools & Cascades.


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Tanna Adventures-Coffee logo ........ MOUNT YASUR VOLCANO.

Mount Yasur is one of the most active volcanoes and has been in fairly continuous Strombolian and mild Vulcanian eruption for at least 700-800 years. The mainly unvegetated Volcano, with a 400m wide summit which is nearly circular is located at on the south eatern section of Tanna Island. It is termed a Stratovolcano for the alternate periods of activity associated with it (Strombolian and Vulcanian actions).

Stratovolcanoes .................. Stratovolcanoes are composed of lava flows and other ejecta in alternate layers, the strata that give rise to the name. They are are made of cinders, ash and lava. Cinders and ash pile on top of each other, lava flows on top of the ash, where it cools and hardens, and then the process begins again.

Strombolian Volcanic Activity .... Strombolian activity is denoted by short-lived, explosive outbursts of lava ejected into the air. They eject relatively viscous basaltic lava from the throat of the volcano due to a build up of high gas pressures, which fragment the lava, the end result is periodic explosions with booming blasts. Typically, strombolian explosions eject bomb- and lapilli-sized fragments that travel in parabolic ballistic paths before accumulating around the vent to construct the volcanic edifice. Typically, these eruptions form scoria cones composed of basaltic pryoclasts.

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Vulcanian Volcanic Activity ........ Vulcanian eruptions occur as a series of discrete, canon-like explosions that are short-lived, lastingminutes through to hours, usually with fast ejections of bombs and material. Once the volcano "clears its throat," however, the subsequent eruptions can be relatively quiet and sustained. Vulcanian eruptions are more explosive than Strombolian eruptions with eruptive columns commonly between 5 and 10 km high.





bushwaking the trail up to one of the main villages on Mount Mareun






Tanna Adventures-Coffee logo ....... PORT RESOLUTION TODAY.

Today, Port Resolution is a popular amongst yachties as one of the four entry points into Vanuatu. Port Resolution is an excellent natural harbour sheltered from the prevailing south easterlies, and in the peak season is believed to host between ten and a hundred yachts at any day. It remains unspoilt however as land access is difficult and consequently its vast scenic panorama, and natural beauty remain much as it was in Captain Cook's day.

On top of this there is a number of added attractions, with an outstanding white sand beach, the'best beach' on Tanna, located on the oceanside of its southern arm. Spending at least an hour here is well worth a visit to Port Resolution alone. On top of this, on the northern arm, both on the inner harbour beach, but to a greater extent along the rugged outer coast, a number of fumaroles occur which are unpredicatable and can display quite violent spouting of extremely hot water and steam. They are offshoots of the main Mount Yasur activity and in the past local villages used them for cooking.

view of yachts  abchored at Port resolution on their voyage through Vanuatu















[Updated 12th April 2017]

Tanna Adventures walk up Mount Mareum looking over Mount Yasur

* Photo supplied by Tony Morley (Resource Exploration & Production Photography - Archean Photography)

MT YASUR VOLCANO - THE BIG DAY OUT TOUR - An amazing day that will never be equalled ........

The 'Big Day Out' is the most popular Tour that we do, and is simply what it says .... a big day out.

It actually started from investigating the possible attractions and activities in different areas, to see what had the best fit together. After a while various 'Tours & Walks' developed similar synergies, and fitted well together to make a larger 'day'.

Being close to each other the Classic Mt Yasur and the Port Resolution / Shark Bay Tours, just naturally fitted well together. These have been combined together to form the Big Day Out tour.

THE MT YASUR - BIG DAY OUT TOUR has attracted a wide following from our guests ( generally most include this in their trip to Tanna island).

• We recommend it as a 'must do' as both destinations are in 'fairly' close proximity to each other, and consequently cuts down the total travel time. It will be a day you will not forget.

Travel Tour Overview from Esso's Nima:

• Travel Tour 2 - Port Resolution / Shark Bay normally starts at about 8.30am in the morning. This is to get the best viewing of Shark Bay and to time lunch at Port Resolution.

• Travel Tour 1 - Classic Mt Yasur Volcano normally starts mid afternoon, and so naturally fits in to follow on from Port resolution, but allows a greater time for Participants to roam over the Volcanic Ash Plain.

• The 'Big Day Out' involves several hours in a 4WD over rough roads (only way in). An approximate itinerary for the day is :-

A number of vantage points along the way so that you get a good view of the landscape.

An explore of the Ash Plain (old lakebed ) around Mt Yasur Volcano. You go past Mt Yasur and can climb part way up one of the spurs of the mountain.

A visit to Port Resolution and the geothermal area there. The village does a tour there which covers all the features.

A swim at a beautiful white sandy beach at port resolution, which i think is outstanding and remarkable as alot of the other beaches on Tanna are black sand. Lunch at either a Restaurant at the white beach or at the Port Resolution Yatch Club ( a great experience, but remember that these are basic island establishments).

Travel on to shark bay where sharks are drawn in to the the warm water due to a number of volcanic springs there.

Onto Mt Yasur itself by mid to late afternoon and stay there through dusk until after dark.

• For more detailed itineraries have a look at both the Port Resolution / Shark Bay & the Classic Mt Yasur Volcano Tours

Tanna Adventures- viewing bush on the Mt Yasur Ash plain looking towards Mt Mareun
view of Mount Yasur from Mount Mareun

Tanna adventures-Coffee logo Ways to Book Tanna Island Tours & Walks.

Check out our 'no obligation' Personalized Booking Service which will give you a number of personalized options from us, to suit your requirements. Click the buttom below to be taken to our booking queries page.

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Tanna adventures-Coffee logo Tour Rates - MT YASUR - BIG DAY OUT TOUR.

Tour rates are in Vanuatu Vatu for the following Participant numbers. You will pay the rate in Vatu as shown - the displayed amount in AU$ is indiicative (* see below) and the actual rate will be based on the exchange rate at the time of booking.

Please note that the Single Participant rate applies if there is only one person in the Vehicle ( person must be over 18 yrs old). If a single traveller does the tour when there are other Participants, then the rate will reduce to that of the two or more Participant rate. The Single Rate applies due to the extremely high running costs of Vehicles on Tanna Island.

• ONLINE BOOKINGS - Rates specified in table below apply. A deposit of is required at the time of booking, with the balance paid in Vatu (Cash) to Esso at the time of departure.

• CASUAL (IMPROMPTU, NON-ONLINE) BOOKINGS - Rates specified in table below PLUS a 15% surcharge apply. Full payment rquired in Vatu (Cash) to Esso at the time of departure.

• TOUR START/FINISH POINT - Rates apply from Departures from Esso and Rachel's accommodation, or from Whitegrass Coast near to Tanna Airport ( and including Evergreen or Whitegrass Accommodation's). Other localities may incur additional pickup/dropoff costs)

- per Adult. [18 yrs and older] Vatu 30,200 (AU$ 398.00)
- per Adult. [13 yrs and older with
adult 18yr or older]
Vatu 26,700 (AU$ 352.00)
  - per Child. [ 5yrs - 12 yrs ] Vatu
  - per Infant. [5 yrs and under] Vatu
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Important Note : Mt Yasur itself is managed by a Government appointed organisation, who also sets the entrance fees. As of 1st April 2016 they increased the entrance fee per person by 124% for the year 1st April 2016 until 31st March 2017. The administrators have further increased the entrance fee on top of those imposed in 2016 by 40% as at 1st April 2017, and we understand that these are to apply until 31st March 2018. The charges are across the board and affect everyone who enters the facility - we are sorry for the imposition of the increased fees, which are beyond our control.

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* Approximate equivalent rates are given in Australian Dollars to provides prospective guests with an FX comparision. Australian FX Rates given here are per Average of ANZ Bank and Westpac Bank Published Rate Dated 12th April 2017 ( 1 AU$ = 75.80 Vatu).