Putting boats and Papua New Guinea in the same sentence these days doesn't automatically evoke visions of luxury or expectations of wonder. But Orion Expedition's Melanesian cruise, from New Zealand via Norfolk Island, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands in March 2014 is a boat trip to PNG with plenty of appeal.
Louise Southerden lives dangerously on a series of tours for vulcanologists and other lovers of lava.
Vanuatu is a destination that does the "Pacific island" thing to perfection.
From digging for dinosaurs to a cooking school, Deborah Dickson-Smith comes up with six holidays you may never have thought of.
Daniel Scott talks to Ni-Vanuatu on Tanna Island, among the happiest people on Earth.
Melanie Ball signs up as a crew member on a sailing adventure to Vanuatu's remote northern islands.
Heidi Davoren finds peace and pampering on the island paradise of Vanuatu
David Whitley relaxes at Vanuatu's best-kept secret for chic, budget accommodation in the perfect spot.