Waisisi, Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Waisisi is a bay and a village located on Tanna’s eastern shore. The black sandy beach –an indication of the volcanic activity of the island- and the lush forest belie the fact that this has been an important site in the White Sands region.

A famous war was fought here and a tree planted to mark the end of it can still be seen. This area is also home to the John Frum Cargo Cult. Waisisi will be the gateway to see Mount Yasur -the most accessible explosive volcano in the world. Locals believe their spirit god dwells in there so it is a sacred place to the local tribes. The volcanic firework display at sunset is awe-inspiring.

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