Ambae has been known by many names. It's one of the islands claiming to be the inspiration for James Michener's "Bali Ha'i." The island, which gets very heavy rainfall, has a large volcano with three lakes in its extinct crater. The adventurous can take an all-day hike up the volcano and swim in the warm-water lakes. We recommend hiring a guide to avoid breaking local taboos and getting lost in the fog. 30 mi/45 km east of Espiritu Santo.
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