Vanuatu Adventure

8 Days | Snorkel coral reefs, hike an active volcano and encounter cargo cults

4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews submitted.
CAD $3,475
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Encounter raw beauty and vibrant culture on the tiny islands of Vanuatu on this eight-day expedition. Leave the resorts of Port Vila behind and fly to rainforest-rich islands where you can meet locals, immerse yourself in nature and enjoy true adventure travel. Encounter communities where kastom – traditional culture and law – still rules, including the legendary John Frum 'cargo cult' villages. Snorkel among the gorgeous coral reef that is protected by law. Trek through towering greenery and learn about living among active volcanoes and tropical wilderness. Embrace a side of Vanuatu that few tourists seek out, but one that those who do will never forget.

Trip overview

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Port Vila, Vanuatu
Port Vila, Vanuatu
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Min 15
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Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Encounter the cargo cult communities of Tanna and see for yourself how these indigenous villages have incorporated WWII iconography into their religious traditions.
  • Hike to the rim of Mt Yasur, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and watch the smoke and lava billowing (from a safe distance, of course).
  • Snorkel in the clear waters around Nguna & Pele and see the remarkable coral reef that is protected as part of a marine reserve.
  • Go beyond the walled-off resorts and discover the beauty and cultures of Vanuatu. Hike, paddle, swim and snorkel in some of the most beautiful places in the tropics.
  • Walk through the towering rainforest to find a banyan tree that is said to be the largest in the world, with hundreds of prop roots that support it.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Your accommodation on Tanna and Pele is in traditional bamboo bungalows. These have standard beds with mosquito nets and bathroom facilities, but showers are cold water only. Your meals on these islands will be home-cooked with love by the village mamas using fresh, organic produce from the gardens and the sea.
  • Part of travelling with Intrepid is respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. In Vanuatu, female travellers can be respectful by wearing clothing that covers from shoulder to knee when outside the hotel pool area. An old t-shirt and a pair of board shorts are a good alternative to bikinis for island snorkelling adventures! 


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7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners


Private vehicle, Boat, Plane


Hotel (4 nights), Beachside bungalow (3 nights)

  • Rentapao River - Kayak tour
  • Rentapao River - Rentapao Cascades
  • Tanna - Rainforest trek
  • Tanna - World's largest banyan tree
  • Tanna - Mt Yasur volcano crater trek
  • Tanna - John Frum cargo cult villages community visit
  • Tanna - Hot Springs
  • Tanna - Port Resolution
  • Tanna - Kastom village community visit
  • Nguna Island - Community conservation area walk
  • Nguna Island - Tree planting activity
  • Pele Island - Lagoon or Marine Conservation Area snorkelling
Add on activities
  • Port Vila - Discovery Bushwalk tour - VUV4750

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Important notes

1. The Group Meeting is at 5 pm on Day 1.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 3 to 6 where you will be in shared accommodation, includes accommodation in Port Vila only, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. You must provide us with a copy of your passport no later than 30 days before your departure in order for us to book the domestic flights included on this trip. We are unable to book your flights without a passport copy.
4. Due to frequent flight delays, we highly recommend allowing additional days in Port Vila before and after your tour and considering flying Virgin or Fiji Airways.

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4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews submitted.
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Douglas · Traveled June 2023
The local guide made a good itinerary fantastic. Story time with Alan was one of the days highlights. Accomodation and meals are basic but acceptable. More time on Tanna island would be great.
Review submitted 26 Jun 2023

Haochen · Traveled December 2022
A good trip with a lot of excellent travel activities (cultural and natural).
Review submitted 30 Dec 2022
Vanuatu Adventure
CAD $3,475