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Ambae Island - Vanuatu Highlights:
Bali Hai, Active volcano
Ambae Island lies in the north of Vanuatu in the south western Pacific Ocean. Covered in thick rainforest, this beautiful island is said to have been James Michener's inspiration for the mythical island of Bali Hai in his epic book, ‘Tales of the South Pacific'. James Michener watched the island of Ambae mysteriously disappear in the morning mist from his WW2 post on Espiritu Santo - the magical island of Bali Hai was born in his imagination. Ambae's pyramid shape is due to its volcanic origins. By far the largest of the Vanuatu volcanoes (its base is 3,000m below Sea Level!) after a slumber of 400 years, Ambae shocked its inhabitants by awakening in 1991. Twin crater lakes adorn this jungle isle. The distinctive bright blue and green lakes are rarely see, for the tall island (4,907 ft) is perennially capped in rain clouds, a micro climate formed in part by the verdant tropical rainforest. On the few days in the year the lakes can be seen from the air, they are stunning jewels nestled in a verdent setting.

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