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The best of the best in Luganville, Vanuatu

Luganville is Vanuatu's second largest city with a population of just over 13,000. It's certainly a small population, but when you're on holiday, doesn't that work in your favour? It's nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!

But for those who are used to a daily routine, after a couple of days of enjoying the pure bliss that is doing nothing on vacation, the novelty tends to wear off. You get antsy and need to do something. Don't fret! The city of Luganville might be tiny, but there's plenty to do!

Here's a quick run down of all the best activities you should take advantage of when you're in Luganville.

Millennium Cave 

In order to get to this destination, you have to be prepared for a hike through Vanuatu's lush jungle before you get to the famous Millennium Cave. Arriving at the cave, you'll have to descend rope ladders and maybe even use a touch of rock climbing skill - but trust us, it's worth the effort. Once you're in the cave, you won't be able to help but stop and gawk at this amazing natural landmark. The cave is 20 metres wide and 50 metres high, and features the echoes of trickling spring water. It's an experience you can't miss.

Lysepsep Culture Park

The story goes that the Lysepsep were the first people to inhabit Santo - they are about a metre tall and grow out their hair as a form of protection. Locals will tell you they still live there, though they try to stay out of the way of normal people, so you probably won't see them! The Lysepsep Culture Park will teach you a thing or two about their strange customs and rituals.

Million Dollar Bay

If you're looking for a scuba or snorkelling adventure, go no further! This bay is littered with old World War II wreckage, including sunken boats and artillery among many other exciting bits of history. Of course, there is also lots of cool marine life to see as well. Once you're done with your underwater expedition, you can go back to spending some sun time on the beach.

Luganville Market

Don't forget to check out the hub of the city - the Luganville Market! Surround yourself with the city's culture by perusing art stalls and see what the local artists have conjured up. Once you've feasted your eyes on all the brilliant colours, duck into the food stalls for a real feast! Sample all the flavours of Vanuatu first hand.

Now the only question is which of these places will you visit first?