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No electricity. No running water. No roads. No telephones. No worries. Mystery Island is the perfect escape to paradise.

Welcome to Mystery Island Sign

Refusing to give in to the pressures of a modern, commercial world, Mystery Island is like no place we have ever been. The uninhabited island is a mere drop in the ocean, protected by a sheltering Intao reef and cared for by the friendly neighbouring villagers of Aneityum Island. It spans just 1.5 kilometres and is among the very few completely untouched paradises.

Mystery Island

But don’t worry. They do have bathroom facilities …

toilet at mystery island, vanuatu

On arrival we laid our feet into the soft white sand as hermit crabs darted around our toes. We were greeted by local bands playing songs of welcome and women selling shells, local jewellery and sarongs. We first made our way along a little sand track that took us under lush greenery and palm trees. We could see out into the crystal blue waters that were in the perfect conditions for snorkelling. It only took us 45 minutes to walk right around the island.

Pathways Mystery Island

Markets Mystery Island

Something that stuck out to us was a landing strip smack-bang in the middle of the island. It was built by the Americans during WII and today still has 2 flights a week to the provincial capital of Tanna Island.

Mystery Island Airport

We suggest if visiting the island that you complete the 3 S‘s – swim, snorkel and sunbath. You can also drink from coconuts, get your hair braided and even try lobster cooked on the island by the locals.

Coconuts on Mystery Island


We suggest if you are ever near the south of Vanuatu, either by cruise or flight, you make your way to Mystery Island to spend a day in serenity.

Have you ever been to an uninhabited island?

Stephen and Jess signoff


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