Champagne Beach, Vanuatu (South Pacific Island Nation "Happiest Place on Earth"?) The crescent of sand at Champagne Beach looks upon a lagoon fringed with coral. The beach gets its name from the shallow waters that appear to fizz at low tide, as if the beach is swimming in bubbly -- an effect caused by gas escaping from volcanic rocks on the sea floor. On the east coast of Espiritu Santo, Champagne Beach is a relatively popular tourist destination, but does retain a quiet, laid-back feel.
Luganville, Vanuatu | Journey through the tropical foliage along a crystal-clear river in a traditional wooden dug-out to one of the island's famous blue holes for a swim in the naturally blue pool of fresh water.