Papaua New Guinia
History of World Map
Vanuatu, once known as the New Hebrides, attained independence from Anglo-French Condominium, set up in 1906 to administer the archipelago, a string of more than 80 islands in the South Pacific. Vanuatu has been untouched by the hostile conditions that raise their ugly heads in the neighbouring countries like Fiji and the Solomon Islands. A rebellion in the largest island, Espiritu Santo, in 1980 was quickly suppressed.
Mainly mountainous, most of the islands are inhabited. Some of them are home to active volcanoes. Much of the archipelago is covered by tropical rainforests.
A really novel excursion is a visit to the Pentecost, where tourists enjoy diving and cherishing its kava and cocoa plantations.