Vanuatu Expedition & Land Diving Festival

11 Days | Experience Vanuatu’s vast natural beauty and rich local cultures

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Hop and skip your way across Vanuatu then jump over to South Pentecost on this 12-day adventure in the South Pacific. From Port Vila, start by exploring the magic of these rainforest-rich islands. Meet the local community of Tanna, snorkel among protected coral reefs and trek to the rim of Mt Yasur. Then take the adventure up a notch as you travel to Pentecost Island. There, take in the legendary naghol festival – the original bungee jumping – and get an insight into local communities that few visitors receive. Relaxing and exhilarating all in one – this is Vanuatu.

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
TESLC
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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).
  • Travel to the home of the John Frum movement in Tanna, learning about 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 in the evening watch the smoke and lava billowing create a natural fireworks display (from a safe distance, of course).
  • Snorkel in the clear waters around Pele and see the remarkable coral reef that is protected as part of a marine reserve.
  • Visit remote villages accompanied by local leaders who’ll ensure you have an immersive experience of Vanuatu's unique cultural practices.

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.
  • Your accommodation on Tanna, Pele and Pentecost is in traditional bamboo bungalows. These have standard beds with mosquito nets and bathroom facilities, however those facilities may be limited to bucket showers (with cold water only) and toilets. 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!

Itinerary

Map of Vanuatu Expedition & Land Diving Festival including Vanuatu

Inclusions

Meals

10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Boat, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Village Bungalows (5 nights)

Activities
  • Efate - River Kayaking
  • Efate - Rarru Cascades
  • Tanna - Rainforest hike
  • Tanna - World's largest banyan tree
  • Tanna - Kava Bar visit
  • Tanna - Village & community visits
  • Tanna - Mt Yasur volcano crater hike
  • Tanna - Sulphur Bay Hot Springs
  • Tanna - Port Resolution village visit
  • Pele - Snorkelling
  • Efate - Coffee roaster visit
  • Efate - Run & gin distillery visit
  • Nguna - Village walk
  • 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
  • Nguna Island - Extinct volcano hike - Free
  • Port Vila - Port Vila Town Tour - VUV3000
  • Port Vila - Discovery Bushwalk - VUV4750
  • Port Vila - National Museum - VUV1000

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Vanuatu Expedition & Land Diving Festival
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EUR €4,325