Epi, more than it appears to be
Epi is at the northern end of the Shepherd Islands , in Shefa Province . The island is of volcanic origin, and its highest point, Mount Pomare , which reaches a height of 833 m above sea level, is a quaternary volcano. It lies 13 km from the more prominent Lopévi volcano. To the east is the largely submerged underwater volcano of east Epi. On the northwest edge of the island are the sandy beach Lamen Bay , and the nearby small island of Lamen . The bay has some coral reefs which are the habitat of the dugong. On the west coast is Cape Forland . In the southeast is Valesdir. In the northeast is Drummond Bay , with the Nikaura Marine Protected Area, established in 2000 by the community of Nikaura. To the south is the small uninhabited islet of Namuka. There are also black (volcanic) sand beaches, and three small freshwater lakes.
Epi is relatively close to Vila with good transport connections, a variety of accommodation options and much to see and do. Epi's economy is largely dependent on agriculture. Many people visit Epi for a few days and then return to Port Vila. If you want to spend more time and see the best of Epi you can walk around the island, and go island hopping by ship between Epi and Ambrym which is easy, with weekly services through Lamen Bay.
Epi is relatively close to Vila with good transport links, a variety of accommodation options and much to see and do:
- Swim with Bondas the friendly dugong at Lamen Bay.
- Admire the richly coloured sunsets at Lamen Bay.
- Surf at northeast Epi.
- Snorkel at Nikaura's Marine Protected Area.
- Walk around the island are soem of the contracts you can find on Epi