Vanuatu & New Caledonia Adventure

14 Days | Venture to the tropical paradise of both Vanuatu and New Caledonia

Expedition
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ZAR  97,100
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Get the perfect mix of South Pacific rest and play on this 13-day adventure. In Vanuatu, you’ll snorkel around the protected coral reefs of Pele, hike to the rim of Mt Yasur and learn about the John Frum movement in Tanna. In New Caledonia, you’ll feel the mix of Melanesian culture and French influence in Noumea, admire the natural beauty of Blue River National Park and Giant Fern Park and experience the longstanding tribal Kanak traditions with an overnight village stay. Add in plenty of time to relax beachside with your like-minded travellers and this’ll be an island excursion like no other.

Trip overview

Map of Vanuatu & New Caledonia Adventure including New Caledonia and Vanuatu
Start
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Finish
Nouméa, New Caledonia
Theme
Expedition
Destinations
Vanuatu, New Caledonia
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 8
Trip code
TESVC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • 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.
  • Gaze in awe at the diverse landscapes of New Caledonia, from the mighty Kaori trees in the Blue River National Park to lush rainforest and endemic plant species in the Giant Fern Park near Farino.
  • 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 a remote tribal village in the New Caledonian foothills and experience the day and night living in local Kanak tradition. Learn of the lifestyle and customs of these communities and spend the night in a traditional fare house.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Accommodation is in no-frills, simple hotels and bungalows. This trip stays away from big resorts and focuses on local family-owned accommodation so you get to see the true New Caledonia, and travels around the country in a comfortable mini van.
  • As food options are sometimes limited in New Caledonia, many meals are included in this itinerary. Please note that, outside of Noumea, most dinners are eaten at your accommodation. You'll have the chance to try a variety of cuisines, from Indigenous Kanak food during your village stay, farm to plate meals and fine French dining.
  • 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!

Itinerary

Map of Vanuatu & New Caledonia Adventure including New Caledonia and Vanuatu

Inclusions

Meals

13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Boat, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights), Village Bungalows (3 nights), Traditional Fare (1 night)

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
  • Blue River National Park - Guided eco tour & picnic
  • Boulouparis - Boat trip to Ténia Islet & picnic lunch
  • Moindou - Fort Teremba
  • Bourail - Turtle Bay & Nera Beach
  • Bourail - Poe Beach
  • Kanak Village - Cultural experience & traditional dinner
  • Farino - Giant Fern Park guided rainforest tour
  • Kanak Village - Waterfall walk & traditional lunch
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
  • Noumea - Moselle Market - Free
  • Noumea - Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cathedral - Free
  • Noumea - Tjibaou Cultural Centre - XPF500
  • Tenia Islet - Snorkelling or island walk - Free

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Important notes

1. This trip is a combination of Vanuatu Expedition (TESV), 1 night accommodation in Port Vila and New Caledonia Adventure (TESN).
2. As this is a combination trip, your tour leader as well as the composition of your group will change from Vanuatu to New Caledonia.
3. The trip starts with a group meeting in Port Vila (Vanuatu) on Day 1 at 5pm and finishes after breakfast on Day 13 in Noumea (New Caledonia).
4. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 3-6 (Vanuatu) & 10 (New Caledonia) where you will be in shared village accommodation.
5. 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 in Vanuatu included on this trip. We are unable to book your flights without a passport copy.
6. Due to frequent flight delays with Air Vanuatu, we highly recommend allowing additional days in Port Vila before your tour or to consider flying Virgin, Fiji Airways or Air Cailin to Vanuatu.
7. The international flight between Port Vila and Noumea on Day 9 is not included in your trip cost and must be purchased separately. Air Cailin and Air Vanuatu fly this route.
8. A departure transfer in Port Vila and arrival transfer in Noumea on Day 9 are not included in your trip but can be booked in advance or on ground. Please provide your flight departure and arrival details to book these services.
9. The maximum group size for the Vanuatu section of this trip is 12 and the New Caledonia section is 8.

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Vanuatu & New Caledonia Adventure
From
ZAR  97,100