Republic of Vanuatu (map) is an island country located in the South Pacific Ocean. There are several active volcanoes in Vanuatu, including Lopevi (map), Mount Yasur (map) and several underwater volcanoes. Volcanic activity is common, with an ever-present danger of a major eruption. The wettest and hottest months are December through April, which also constitutes the cyclone season.
The many islands rimmed with perfect sandy beaches offer lovely Pacific views. The Bank Islands (map) boast great beaches combined with rugged terrain. Tourism peaks from July to December. January to June is quietest. Experienced travellers take advantage of these tourism troughs to travel, as airlines, accommodation providers and other tourism-related businesses discount heavily during this period.