White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa opened for business in 2000 and has been the premier resort on Tanna ever since. It has undergone continual improvements and upgrading over the years to offer our guests a comfortable stay on this enchanting remote island of Tanna, one of the southernmost islands of the Vanuatu Archipelago.
It is the perfect place to experience the real Vanuatu with it’s unique culture and unchanged traditions, and most of all, it’s mighty Mt. Yasur volcano. Yasur means ‘Old Man’ in the local language and is said to be one of the most accessible volcanos in the world with continuous eruptions for centuries.
The resort is located 2 kilometres from the Whitegrass Airport and the island is serviced by daily, 40 minutes flights from Port Vila.
White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa is situated on the north west coastline of Tanna, overlooking the South Pacific Ocean, providing stunning views and sensational sunsets. The 14 island style Bures and 4 family villas overlook the sapphire blue coastline and are surrounded by manicured tropical gardens. Our guest lounge, outside deck area and the restaurant have beautiful uninterrupted views over the ocean and are the perfect places to dine or to relax with a tantalising cocktail. Our own underground spring supplies pure drinking water.
Our menu changes daily and our talented local and experienced chefs create delicious meals incorporating fresh, locally sourced and organic fruit and vegetables, grass fed Vanuatu beef and freshly caught fish and seafood.
The warm ocean temperatures provide excellent diving and snorkeling on the coral reef, 100 metres from the Bures with easy access from our private jetty, or try the two beautiful swimming holes in the reef, called ‘Blue Holes’ by the locals.
INFORMATION AND NEWS:
Best Boutique Accommodation in 2015/2016:
White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa won the Vanuatu Tourism Award for Excellence 2015/2016 in the category ‘Best Boutique Accommodation’. We are very thankful to the sponsors, organisers and judges for their contributions, time and assistance and for this fantastic event. Without our wonderful, hard working and dedicated staff we would not have been able to achieve this prestigious accolade. Read more here.
Nabisa Day Spa – NEW in 2016:
We are very excited to announce our newest addition – Nabisa Day Spa. After a day touring, Diving or snorkeling, enjoy one of our special treatments in our new Nabisa Day Spa. It is located in an open bure with uninterrupted views over the rugged coast line. Our local therapists are highly trained and can offer a wide range of treatments to enhance your mind, rejuvenate your body and inspire your soul during your stay at White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa. See for more information here.
Tripadvisor Award 2016 & Hall of Fame 2015
Again in 2016 we received TripAdvisors’® Certificate of Excellence, the 6th award in the last 6 consecutive years. In 2015 it was announced that White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. This award, celebrating excellence in hospitality, is given to businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Thank you to all our guest who completed a review on TripAdvisor and of course many thanks to our wonderful staff for their efforts over the last years.
Volcano Island Divers & PADI Dive Centre
New since 2015 is our PADI dive operation ‘Volcano Island Divers’ to explore the untouched, unexplored and unbelievable caverns, walls, reefs and the aquatic life of the ‘Fire Island’. Read more on our diving page by clicking here
Excursions, 4WD Safaris and Activities
Enjoy the FREE use of bicycles, sea kayaks, Stand up paddleboards and snorkel equipment or have a game of lawn tennis, pitch ‘n’ putt golf, Petanque, beach volleyball, badminton or croquet or just relax in our swimming pool. Complimentary WIFI is available in our lounge/bar area.
Our in-house tour desk offers a variety of excursions that provide an insight to the Tanna island life and culture.
There are several airlines servicing the south of Vanuatu and Tanna island. Air Vanuatu, the national airline, has daily scheduled flights. Their ATR takes less than 40 minutes from Port Vila, capital of Vanuatu. Several smaller airlines also fly to Tanna – Unity Airlines, Air Safari and Air Taxi.
We hope that you will have a memorable stay on this beautiful island of Tanna, a secret jewel of the Pacific!
Awards and Recognitions
Involvement in the Vanuatu Tourism Industry
Member of TAFEA Tourism Council
Member of Vanuatu Hotel & Restaurant Association (VHRA)
Member of the South Pacific Tourism Association (SPTO)
South Pacific Tourism official visitor information
Member of Vanuatu Scuba Operators Association (VSOA)
Member of PADI and official status of 'PADI Dive Centre'
Member of the North and Central Tanna Tourism Sub Association (NCTTSA)