During the epic World War II Battle of the Coral Sea, our Pacific fleet was staged out of Vanuatu, known at that time as the New Hebrides. There are a few real historians in Port Vila, and I heard some incredible stories of the war, some passed down and others told by the original old-timers themselves. If you are a scuba diver, you can see so much of the war underwater (do not miss “Million Dollar Beach” in Santo Harbor). At the end of the war, the Americans gave the islands to both the French and the British. We tried to sell all of the equipment to the French, but they didn’t want it. So we built a big old ramp and drove every last stinking piece of equipment into the bay. That’s how it got the name Million Dollar Beach. You can dive this today and still see a jeep sitting on a tank, sitting on crushed trucks. The main port of call in the islands is Port Vila on Efate. This is where most of the charter boats operate. Some of the same guys I fished with eight or more years ago still fish out of Port Vila. These guys are true marlin fishing pros, since they live year-round in the best marlin waters in the South Pacific. The international airport hosts daily flights to Australia and elsewhere, with weekly flights from Fiji and New Zealand, so travel is very easy. Vanuatu is a tax haven, kind of like the Caymans, so a lot of ex-pats own homes on the islands. (They do not own the land however; you can only lease land here from the native Nivans.) Since there is no income tax, some items are very expensive due to the heavy import tax placed on anything coming into the country. A case of beer that costs $25 in New Zealand will cost $50 or more in Vanuatu. Beer, wine and imported foods cost a bomb, so take full advantage of duty-free coming into this place. Local foods and products are much more reasonable at the open-air markets. There are a lot of really nice resorts on the various islands, and there are some interisland flights, while other islands can be visited only by boat. I found some outlying coastal villages in my travels in these waters, and the elders said they had never seen another game boat there. Untapped? Yeah, I guess you could say that.