Mystery Island (Inyeug) is usually uninhabited . . . until a ship arrives or a plane lands. Until then the inhabitants live next door.
The southernmost inhabited Vanuatu island is Aneityum. What you see in the picture above isn’t it. That’s Inyeug, also known as Mystery Island. They’re easy to tell apart because Aneityum looks like this:
and Inyeug looks like this:
Mystery Island is small enough to circumnavigate on foot in much less than a couple of hours. But just in case you get lost:
Despite the small size, Mystery Island has a lot going for it. There’s Queen Elizabeth II Beach, for instance, which was renamed in 1990 in honor of the Queen’s visit to Vanuatu back in 1974.
MS Oosterdam arrived offshore the morning after we departed Lifou, New Caledonia. Below you can see the ship anchored between Inyeug and the much larger Aneityum.
It was from this anchorage that we tendered onto the island.
On Wednesday we’ll take a look at Mystery Island’s bustling airport and some of the native flora and fauna, including some really big spiders.
Until then please enjoy the slide show below: