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It’s no mystery why this destination is a cruise favourite.

It’s no mystery why this destination is a cruise favourite.

Believe it or not, there’s more to cruise holidays than just lounging poolside and drinking copious amounts of cocktails. Cruising is also a really fun way to discover exciting new destinations - and getting to those places by cruise is a whole lot more enjoyable than flying there.

One destination which has continued to capture the hearts and imagination of cruise enthusiasts over the years is the glorious Mystery Island. A tiny uninhabited islet located at the southern reaches of Vanuatu, this diminutive dot of land is the perfect example of a South Pacific paradise. White sand, crystal clear blue water, coral reefs, turtles, shipwrecks… there’s no denying this is a dream holiday destination. The slice of tropical perfection that is Mystery Island is really only accessible by cruise ship, so before you book your next cruise holiday read up about this spectacular vacation spot.


Natural Attractions

Mystery Island’s coral reefs are home to all kinds of colourful creatures.

There’s not a whole lot of man made features on Mystery Island so the islet’s natural beauty is the main attraction here - which suits most cruise holidaymakers just fine. With such a gorgeous land and seascape on offer, the almost complete lack of civilisation is a bonus rather than a drawback. Stroll along the pristine white sands, lie in the shade of gently swaying palm trees or step into the balmy waters armed with mask and snorkel to admire the wildly colourful marine life. Luxuriate in the very best that the South Pacific has to offer on Mystery Island - nature has it all laid out for you.


Island Activities

You won’t be at a loss for things to do on the beautiful Mystery Island.

While Mystery Island’s natural features are undoubtedly the main draw, there are a few slices of civilisation which you can enjoy while you’re here. Locals from the nearby Aneityum Island make their way across to the islet when cruise ships weigh anchor, bringing with them a pop-up market of sorts where you can take a brief break from lazing on picture perfect sands to pick up a souvenir or two, savour fresh lobster or just enjoy the sounds of a local band. Moving away from landbound activities, cave snorkeling is a popular choice for cruise guests here, as is swimming amongst shipwrecks and colourful coral reefs. You can even explore Mystery Island’s watery surroundings while staying completely dry on a boat trip. Bring a little balance to your time here and dive into activities that complement the natural South Pacific beauty.


Shore Excursions

Organised shore excursions can take your Mystery Island visit from pretty good to incredible.

Speaking of activities, various cruise lines offer organised shore excursions which give you the chance to really make the most of your time on Mystery Island. Available excursions will vary depending on which line you happen to be holidaying with but here’s a handful of experiences you might treat yourself to during your time here:

  • Fishing - Head out with a local guide in pursuit of yellowfin tuna, mahi-mahi and other tasty local specimens.
  • Glass-Bottom Kayaking - Glide over vibrant coral reef habitats and marvel at their colourful inhabitants while still enjoying the sun on your back.
  • Village Tour - Take a short ferry trip across to the larger island of Aneityum and discover what modern life is like for the locals here.
  • Snorkel Tour - Get right up close to Mystery Island’s coral reef residents with a guided snorkel tour which will show you all the best bits of the reef.
  • Glass-Bottom Boating - See all the brilliant majesty of the coral reef around Mystery Island in total comfort, without having to dip so much as a toe in the water.


No matter how you choose to spend your time on Mystery Island, this is sure to be a highlight of your cruise holiday. See sailings from lines such as Celebrity Cruises, P&O Australia and Royal Caribbean out of popular cruise ports like Sydney and Auckland to discover your very own chance to explore this breathtaking island.

From party cruises in the Baltic to a classy Cunard voyage, I’ve been lucky enough to experience the full spectrum of cruise life. Onboard you’ll probably find me by the pool with a doorstop sized book in one hand and a mojito in the other, or sampling an array of delicious foods.

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