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Vanuatu Tour - 5 Days – 4 Nights
Start and end in Port Vila! With the Explorer tour Vanuatu Land Diving Festival, you have a 5 days tour package taking you through Port Vila, Vanuatu. Vanuatu Land Diving Festival includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.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. 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. This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
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.
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.
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
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.
Your Vanuatu experience concludes today after breakfast. There are no activities included today and you are free to depart at any time.
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