Port Resolution is located on the southeast side of Tanna Island. The island is a young, mountainous island covered in lush rainforest, except for the areas near Mt. Yasur where it is barren and covered in dark ash. Mt Yassur is one of the world’s most easily accessible, active volcanoes. During the day clouds of ash rise above the crater, and at night the explosions light up the sky. In fact, it was the glowing light from Mount Yasur‘s eruptions that attracted James Cook, in 1774. He landed in an inlet on the south-eastern tip of the island and named the bay Port Resolution after his ship HMS Resolution. He also named the island Tanna - the local word for earth. During WWII, exposure to modern material goods by the locals led to the development of cargo cults, which remains strong on Tanna today.