The uninhabited Mystery Island (Inyeug) is a small isle located at Vanuatu's southernmost end, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Cruise ships to Mystery Island anchor in Anelcauhat Harbour (Aneityum Island) and their passengers are transported via the ship's tender boats.
Aneityum is Vanuatu's southernmost island. It covers a total area of 159 km2 (62 mi2) and has highest elevation point (Mt Inrerow Atamein) of 852 m / 2795 ft. The isle has 2 villages on both sides. The larger (Anelcauhat, aka Anelghowhat) is on its southern coast. Cruise ships to Aneityum Island dock (anchor) at Anelghowhat - port town on the western coast.
Mystery Island only offers a few huts for overnighters, walking trails and some basic amenities for cruise tourists. Mystery Island is a great spot for snorkelling, usually offered via boat tours. No one lives on the isle as it's considered taboo to do so. Local people come across from nearby Aneityum on days when cruise ships visit the island and set up stalls. Local kids perform native songs in English.
In February 2015, Carnival Australia (division of Carnival Corporation) launched the first-ever Mystery Island shore excursions. Carnival cruise passengers have a choice of 4 different land tour experiences - guided snorkelling reef safari, stand-up paddleboarding, glass-bottom boat tour and glass-bottom kayaking excursion.
According to Carnival Australia, cruise ships visit Mystery Island since the 1990s, but land tours were not offered until 2015 due to lack of satellite communications, fuel supply, proper management and insurance coverage. Another obstacle was the deployment of recreational equipment here. Since Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises started itineraries that include the island, seakayaks and paddleboards had been carried progressively on the cruise ships. Two additional land tours are offered to Anelghowhat (on Aneityum Island) visiting the Presbyterian church ruins and a fishbone hut. Aneityum Island is Vanuatu's southernmost (located in the Tafea province).
Besides Carnival, also Holland America and Princess offer Mystery Island tours. The first-ever passengers enjoying the new island excursions were guests on Carnival Spirit during the ship's call on February 13, 2015. According to Carnival Australia, Mystery Island is the company's most popular South Pacific island destination.
Mystery Island cruise terminal
Vanuatu Islands (officially Republic of Vanuatu) is an island nation located in the South Pacific. The islands cover a total area of approx 12190 km2 (4706 mi2) and population around 290,000. Large cruise ships to Vanuatu Islands dock (anchor) either at Luganville or Champagne Bay (near Hog Harbour, in the northeast part of Espiritu Santo Island).
The archipelago is of volcanic origin and is situated some 1750 km (1090 mi) east of northern Australia, east of New Guinea, 540 km (340 mi) northeast of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and southeast of Solomon Islands.
The tourism industry in Vanuatu is a major revenue source as the archipelago is widely recognised as a premier vacation travel destination - especially for coral reef scuba diving. A unique attraction to scuba divers is the wreck of the US luxury cruise ship President Coolidge (converted troop carrier) on Espiritu Santo Island. Sunk during WW2 (1939-1945), the vessel is among the world's largest shipwrecks accessible for recreational diving.