The Torres Group are Vanuatu’s northernmost islands. Geographically, the group lies north and west of the Solomon Islands. As with all of Vanuatu, the main islands are volcanic in origin. The Torres islands feature four islets, Hiu, Tegua, Loh and Toga.
The Banks are the northernmost islands just below Torres. As with all of Vanuatu, the main islands are volcanic in origin with active volcanoes. The Banks islands make up the following three island groups.
Maewo boasts dense forests and most beautiful rivers and waterfalls spread across the entire Island enabling local prawn farming and water taro gardening as the primary day to day activity for the inhabitants of Maewo.
Epi is a peaceful island with beautiful white sandy coves, and several black sand beaches, and inshore reefs. The interior is the rugged terrain of recent volcanic activity covered with lush rainforest. There are several small lakes where you can fish and swim and a chance to see wild birds, wild pigs, and cows.
Ambae is exceptionally beautiful, and its legendary disappearing act is quite real. When seen from the East coast of Santo, the Island displays itself as a bright blue pyramid rising from the ocean in the early morning light. But when the sun climbs higher, the Island quickly disappears behind a glare of sea haze.
Erromango is part of the Vanuatu rain forests ecoregion. Lying within the East Melanesian Islands biogeographic region, this dense evergreen forest covers nearly three-quarters on the windward or eastern side. At the same time, a combination of grassland and woodland occupies the north-west. Cloud forests exist at higher elevations here as much of the vegetation is secondary growth.
Aneityum’s white sandy beaches and coconut trees are the ideal images of paradise. Mystery Island is a pristine marine ecosystem protected for over a decade. Swim with fish turtles, and stingrays, and explore some of the healthiest marine life in the archipelago. Here there are no roads or much urban development, making the Island a playground for nature lovers. Bird watching, forest walks, waterfalls, orchid and flower walks, and mountain top views of the coast and interior of the Island--are welcome respites from the stresses of urban life.