An unspoiled tourist destination that is not as well known as it deserves to be, Champagne Beach on the Pacific Island of Vanuatu is waiting to be discovered.
Champagne Bay – one of the most picturesque settings in the Pacific – is found on the east coast of Vanuatu’s largest island, Espiritu Santo.
A crescent shaped beach of white powdery sand sloping up from a picture perfect coral fringed lagoon of calm, crystal clear blue water with the coastal hinterland gradually rising to jungle clad mountains – the setting is exquisite.
The name originated from the observation that at low tide the waters of the lagoon had an effervescent quality reminiscent of champagne. Sadly this appearance is not always evident today – but who could have conjured up a better name for a beach that is truly of vintage quality!
Truly, this is one of the most beautiful beaches one can ever experience. It is no small wonder that most of the cruise ships taking tourists around the Pacific isles make this a mandatory stop on their itineraries.
James A Michener and South Pacific
During World War 2, Espiritu Santo was a major American military base. One young US Navy officer who spent several months here, Lieutenant-Commander James A. Michener, went on to become a world famous author. The first of his best selling anthologies, Tales of the South Pacific was based on what he experienced here. It made this area world famous and was the basis of the popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific.
Sit on the beach at Champagne Bay and just take in the scene as the sun warms you – it is a dream come true for anyone who has ever dreamed of being on a deserted beach on a tropical island. Immerse yourself in the warm blue waters – the lovely lagoon is protected by a coral reef, allowing you to swim or snorkel in the warm shallow waters, admiring the colourful plants, sea anemones and little fish that dart among the coral formations. Admire the palm-fringed beach of fine white sand and its greener than green backdrop – a densely vegetated mountain range that goes up to 1700 metres.
People of Vanuatu
Exchange pleasantries, if you like, with one of the friendly locals- Melanesian Ni-Vanuatu people from Hog Village whose ancestors are believed to have come here from south-east Asia around 5000 years ago. The pace of life here is so slow and relaxed. The rest of the world seems so far away.
Who needs to check emails or be in phone contact in a place like this?