Mystery Island, Vanuatu
A tiny, uninhabited island at the far southern end of the Vanuatu archipelago, Mystery Island (or ‘Inyeug’) is one of the more unusual South Pacific cruise destinations. Once a landing strip used by the allied forces in World War II, today its only visitors are cruise ship passengers and Ni-Vanuatu who travel to and from neighbouring islands to sell handicrafts and tours.
How to Get Around
- Currency - the local currency on Mystery Island is the Vanuatu Vatu (VUV), although Australian dollars are accepted. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 vatu denominations. Notes are not in circulation.
- Time Zone - Mystery Island uses Vanuatu Standard Time. It is 11 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - the climate of Mystery Island is subtropical – humid and sunny with occasional rain showers. Average temperatures range from 26° Celsius in January to 21° Celsius in July and August. The dry season is May to October.
- Snorkelling - surrounded by coral reef and with a spectacular array of fish species including barracudas, clown fish and parrot fish, Mystery Island is a great spot for snorkelling. It’s warm, shallow waters are stunningly clear and offer plenty of opportunities to watch exotic marine life. The best snorkelling can be found at the end of the old airstrip, while the western side of the island is ideal for swimming.
- Local Attractions - market stalls hosted by locals from neighbouring islands are set up on and around the beaches and offer a selection of goods ranging from sarongs to freshly boiled lobster. There are also a number of local tours available including turtle, reef shark and ray snorkelling. Ni-Vanuatu children regularly perform songs for visitors.