Tanna is an island where tourism is new to local inhabitants. A small number of guesthouse, village “bungalows” and “resorts” have been established by the local villagers and do not fit any Western standard of accommodation criteria. Most are built of local materials (wood and leaves), floors can be mats on dirt or bamboo; beds are made of locally processed wood; toilet facilities can be very basic; running water is not common.
Food is always locally grown and what is available on the day. As there is little or no power, cold storage is non-existent. Preserved and tin supplies are generally in stock for local consumption and often below the standard you are used to. Traveller’s cheques or credit cards, are not normally accepted. Payment is in cash only. Many of these accommodation houses depend on public transport.
There are taxis and a few buses on Tanna Island. Taxis can charge up to two times your accommodation rate for a trip to the Volcano, so negotiate the rate before your journey starts. Other expenses incurred from taxis can be airport transfers, trip to the shops to supplement the diet, sightseeing trips or a trip to the hospital.
Tanna’s climate is subtropical. Drier and milder than the rest of the archipelago. The island’s near constant all year round ideal climate is one of its best assets (Tanna is on the same latitude as Townsville Australia).
You can expect average summer temperature (November to February) to sit around 28º to 30ºC with some warm tropical showers. A little humidity can be expected. To many well travelled pacific adventurers, this is considered to be the best time to experience the real tropics when the local fauna and flora displays their hidden secrets and waterfalls are in full flight.
Winter temperatures (March to October) sit around 25ºC to 28ºC with long spells without rain. Humidity is negligible and nights are cooler.
Revealing sexy clothing (especially beach wear) is not advisable, as over 100 years of missionary work has had its effect on the perception of what is considered as respectable attire in the islands. Firm footwear and a light jacket/pullover or wind jacket is highly recommended for night viewing of the Volcano.