Dive into the customs and landscapes of Vanuatu

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.


Start
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Finish
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Destination
Vanuatu
Style
Original
Theme
Festivals and Events
Code
TESL
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

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 sandy 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.

Itinerary

Welcome to Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu. Your adventure begins today with a welcome meeting at 6 pm at your accommodation. There are no other activities planned for the day. If you arrive with time to spare before the welcome meeting, the heart of the city and the waterfront promenade are just a short walk from the hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be checking insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late, please let an Intrepid representative or your travel agent know.
Start the day early to catch a flight to Lonorore on Pentecost island, where you will have the chance to witness and understand the cultural practices of the land-diving Indigenous people, as well as explore the remote South Pentecost region. Transfer straight to the land diving tower to see the heart-stopping naghol ceremony. You’ll be amazed at what Lonely Planet has described as ‘the most remarkable custom in all of Melanesia’. Watch the jumpers haul themselves off the platforms as part of a ritual that functions as a coming-of-age for young men, a blessing of the earth for upcoming harvests, and a nod to an age-old Pentecost legend. Afterwards, when day trip visitors board their vehicles to head back to the airport, you will make your way to a nearby coastal village for the chance to meet your local hosts and enjoy a traditional lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring the village, when you’ll have the opportunity to meet and talk to some of the men who dived from the tower in the morning. As the sun sets across the ocean, your hosts will prepare a traditional kava ceremony to formally welcome you to the village.
Accommodation
  • Beach bungalow (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pentecost - Naghol (Land Diving) Ceremony
  • Pentecost - Traditional kava welcome ceremony
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today you’ll explore the natural beauty of the region through a half day trek through rainforest and villages, which is another chance to meet and connect with the communities who call this special place home. End the day swimming and relaxing at the beautiful sandy beaches. Your beach bungalow accommodation is the perfect way to soak up the island paradise vibes.
Accommodation
  • Beach bungalow (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pentecost - Half day island trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning your new land diving friends will take you for a paddle in a traditional outrigger canoe, before a morning transfer to the airport for the Air Vanuatu flight back to Port Vila. In the late afternoon, you will take a 10-minute drive to Pango Peninsula for an easy walk along the coast and bays to a special snorkelling spot, where you can get acquainted with the underwater world and enjoy spectacular coral gardens, all before a sunset across the harbour. Farewell your leader and group tonight with an optional final night dinner.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pentecost - Traditional outrigger canoe ride
  • Pango Peninsula - Snorkelling
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your Vanuatu experience concludes today after breakfast. There are no activities included today and you are free to depart at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Beach bungalow (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Pentecost - Naghol (Land Diving) Ceremony
  • Pentecost - Traditional kava welcome ceremony
  • Pentecost - Half day island trek
  • Pentecost - Traditional outrigger canoe ride
  • Pango Peninsula - Snorkelling

Dates & availability

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Important notes

A Single Supplement is available for this trip, excluding Days 2 & 3 when we stay on Pentecost Island.

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