Ocean Ports of Call

Epi Island - Vanuatu Highlights:
Lamen Bay, Valesdir, black and white beaches
Epi is one of the islands of Vanuatu in the south western Pacific Ocean. It is a peaceful place with beautiful white sandy coves, many white and some black sand beaches, and inshore reefs. The interior is the rugged terrain of recently volcanic activity covered with lush rainforest. There are several small lakes where you can fish and swim and may get a chance to see wild birds, wild pigs and cows.

You may land at Lamen Bay where there is a long beach is considered to be Epi's finest and there is plenty of shallow coral for spectacular snorkeling. The beach is an unusual combination of black volcanic sands to the south, then suddenly changing to white coral sands at the northern end. The waters are safe and best of all, there are resident dugongs. The settlement here has two small stores and is surrounded by coconut trees. Between the airstrip and the waterís edge is a canoe park where villagers from nearby Lamen Island stow their boats when they come across.

There is also a settlement at Valesdir where rows of coconut palms stretch along the road towards the plantations buildings. The volcanoes on Ambrym and Lopevi Island can be seen from the northern point of Epi. There is a hot spring accessible on the northeastern tip. Epi has two submarine volcanoes close to its shores, Mt. Nitaia, part of the collapsed Kuwai volcano, 3 km offshore, occasionally steams or bubbles up and Cape Kone, also part of Kuwai, which is intermittently active. Throughout Vanuatu, magic is believed to work best near active volcanoes, consequently the Epi people are known for their ability to make magic and invoke ancestral spirits.

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