Ambrym Island is located in Vanuatu's Malampa Province. The island covers a total area of approx 678 km2 (262 mi2), ranking it Vanuatu's 5th largest. Its population (around 7,000) live mainly off coconut plantations in the 3 corners of the isle.
Ambrym's volcanic activity includes lava lakes in 2 craters close to the summit. The island was discovered in 1774 by James Cook (1728-1779 / Royal Navy Captain, explorer, cartographer). Located close to the center of Vanuatu archipelago, Ambrym is roughly triangular in shape, with a width of approx 50 km (31 mi). Island's summit is dominated by a desert-like caldera covering an area of 100 km2 (39 ml2). Excepting the human settlements, the rest of the island is covered by jungle.
The caldera measures 12x8 km (7,5x5 mi) and has 2 active volcanic cones (Marum and Benbow). Several times per century, Ambrym volcano makes destructive eruptions. Benbow's last eruption (in 1913) caused the evacuation of the locals to Mele, close to Port Vila (Efate Island).
In March 2017, Google Streetview added the Marum crater with its lava lakes. Ambrym Island attracts tourists with its active volcanoes, tropical vegetation, local customs, traditional accommodations (bungalows). The island can be accessed by sea (cruise ships and chartered tour boats) and also via two airports - Ulei (south-east coast) and Craig Cove (central-west coast). Both airports serve only domestic flights (by the flag carrier Air Vanuatu) linking to Luganville (Espiritu Santo), Malakula Island (Norsup) and Paama Island.
Port Ambrym Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|25 March, 2021|