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Vanuatu Expedition: Land Diving Festival

5 Days | Dive into the customs and landscapes of Vanuatu

Expedition
Festivals and Events
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CAD $2,256
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Uncover raw beauty and vibrant culture on the tiny islands of Vanuatu on this five-day expedition that takes in the legendary land diving ritual of Pentecost island's Indigenous people. Leave behind the resorts of Port Vila and fly to rainforest-rich islands where you can meet locals, immerse yourself in nature and enjoy true adventure travel. Be amazed by the naghol festival, the original bungee jumping, which has been called ‘the most remarkable custom in all of Melanesia’, and get an insight that few visitors receive. This is Vanuatu like never seen before.

Trip overview

Map of Vanuatu Expedition: Land Diving Festival including Vanuatu
Start
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Finish
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Theme
Expedition, Festivals and Events
Destinations
Vanuatu
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 7
Trip code
TESL
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Witness naghol, the unique land-diving ceremony of South Pentecost (and the inspiration for the modern sport of bungee jumping).
  • Visit remote villages accompanied by a local leader who will ensure you have an immersive experience of Vanuatu's unique cultural practices.
  • Stay in traditional bamboo bungalows and enjoy meals cooked with love by the village mamas using fresh organic produce from the gardens and the sea.
  • Snorkel and swim in pristine blue waters and relax in the sun on the beautiful beaches of the South Pacific.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in an authentic island community and experience the culture and traditions. It's a fascinating insight into South Pacific culture and a world away from your typical resort holiday.
  • The people on the Pentecost welcome tourists and are forgiving of inadvertent cultural transgressions. Even so, it is inappropriate for women to wear bikinis or skimpy clothing. Women should wear knee-length dresses or skirts with modest tops when visiting. T-shirts and board shorts make good ‘island-style’ swimwear as an option to bikinis.
  • Pentecost is a remote island with little infrastructure and very undeveloped villages. Your accommodation on Pentecost 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.

Itinerary

Map of Vanuatu Expedition: Land Diving Festival including Vanuatu

Inclusions

Meals

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Village Bungalow (2 nights)

Activities
  • Pentecost - Naghol (Land Diving) Ceremony
  • Pentecost - Traditional kava welcome ceremony
  • Pentecost - Half-day island hike
  • Pentecost - Traditional outrigger canoe ride
  • Pango Peninsula - Snorkelling
Add on activities
  • Port Vila - Produce market - Free
  • Port Vila - Handicraft market - Free
  • Port Vila - National Museum - VUV1000
  • Port Vila - Discovery Bushwalk - VUV4750
  • Port Vila - Port Vila Town Tour - VUV3000

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Important notes

1. This trip starts in Port Vila on Day 1 at 5pm. You must arrive by this time as our flight to Pentecost departs early morning of Day 2.
2. This trip finishes in Port Vila on Day 5 by mid afternoon
2. A single supplement is available for the nights spent in Port Vila if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. It excludes Days 2-3 where you will be in shared village bungalow accommodation.
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 to considering flying Virgin or Fiji Airways for international connections.
5. Due to restrictions on our charter flight from Pentecost to Port Vila, we require the weight of all travellers at time of booking.

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Vanuatu Expedition: Land Diving Festival
From
CAD $2,256