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Discovering Vanuatu is a
rare experience. It is discovering the untouched paradise of the South Pacific. A
sprinkling of 83 tropical islands from volcanic beginnings, that lie peacefully in the
South Pacific Ocean. Vanuatu is known for it's romantic tropical landscape, the world's
most accessible volcanoes, turquoise blue ocean with unparalleled scuba diving
opportunities, and crystal clear waterfalls.
The capital, Port Vila,
boasts one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. The town offers excellent
restaurants, duty free shopping, and a colourful local market.
Sometimes called the
'timeless islands', Vanuatu is a land that is never raced, never hurried, - a gentle,
peaceful place where the people and visitors alike can simply take the time to enjoy just
how blessed it has been by nature.
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2014 Cruises in
the 5 Night Cruise departing 3, 10, 17, 24
Fly FREE applies from Sydney, Brisbane and
Auckland on selected cruise departures only.
5 to 9 night cruise options
a tropical paradise around 3
hours from both New Zealand and Australia.
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Spirit of Vanuatu
Nights Santo to Santo - June/July 2014
Santo and it’s nearby islands have Vanuatu’s
tallest mountains, the South Pacific’s most
delicious beef, the world’s most beautiful
beach and arguably some of the world’s most
primitive villages. Plus you visit the
Pentecost land diving.
Nights Santo to Santo - August/September
Visit some of the
most remote and inaccessible areas in
Vanuatu and share the mystery of their
culture, customs and their village life.
Romance of Vanuatu
Nights Port Vila to Port Vila - April/May
The beautiful island group where we cruise
is decorated with small tropical islands;
each surrounded by soft white sand beaches
and coral reefs and inhabited by people for
whom time is an abundant commodity....
Nights Santo to Santo - August/September
See these amazing islands of northern
Vanuatu on this 6-night
Vanuatu Cruise. You will visit villages that
rarely see cruise ships or western
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the perfect sailing holiday; drifting through the mysterious and romantic islands of
Vanuatu. Each a tropical fringed shore, completely unspoilt. Ready for you to explore and
swim the warm crystal waters.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A
On a sailing holiday
you will discover the Islands of Vanuatu that are otherwise inaccessible.
travel specials - resort packages
If you are not into sailing, or cruising in Vanuatu. and you are looking for a resort style holiday,
be it a Honeymoon, a Couples package, Diving or a Family holiday with kids, then
Vanuatu holidays site.
Other destinations in the
Pacific where we offer resort and hotel holiday packages include:
Vanuatu airfare & pre/post cruise hotel specials
entire holiday to Vanuatu, saving you time & money! Packages include airfares,
the yacht charter or dive cruise, and any pre/post cruise hotel accommodation
that you require.
has rich lush tropical rainforests, volcanoes, sparkling blue lagoons, cascading
waterfalls and beaches that range from silky white to volcanic black.
Surrounding the land is a magic sea of aqua and dark blues with a fascinating
underwater world of colourful tropical fish that live amongst magnificent coral
A tropical paradise, only three hours from
Sydney, Vanuatu means 'the land that has always existed'. It is made up of 83
islands formed in a Y-shaped archipelago which stretches over some 800kms of the
Pacific Ocean, half way between Australia and Hawaii.
Formerly called the New
Hebrides, Vanuatu is a mecca for those who love diving. The waters surrounding
these beautiful islands provide some of the most spectacular and varied
underwater exploration in the South Pacific and experienced divers come from all
over the world to swim amongst the WW2 wrecks which lie scattered over the
One island in
Vanuatu, more than any other, attracts divers like a magnet. Espiritu Santo. The island
that inspired James A. Michener to write his classic 'South Pacific'.
To visit Espiritu
Santo is a fascinating experience in history alone. The World War II Dakotas and Quonset
huts that are scattered in the thick tropical jungle serve as silent reminders of the
American occupation of the island. This jungle is now only home to the local tribes who
appear out of nowhere to sell their artefacts to visitors.
But it is the
surrounding waters of Espiritu Santo that make this such an attraction. The mecca for all
divers, the US President Coolidge lies fully intact just off the island and remains the
most accessible wartime wreck in the world. A wreck that offers remarkable dives to all
parts of the ship ranging from 60ft to 250ft.
Just a short
distance away is Million Dollar Point, where the US Army dumped hundreds of tons of war
surplus before they evacuated Espiritu Santo. Now you can dive down to the awesome sight
of millions of 7up and Coke bottles lined up along the bottom of the sea and marvel at the
myriad of tropical sea life making its home among the planes, jeeps and bulldozers.
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Santo click here.
Pentecost Island- A tradition in
year, during the months of April and May, a very special cultural tradition takes place on
the island of Pentecost.
It is a death-defying leap by the Pentecost
village men to celebrate and bless the yam crop. Before leaping from a 30 metre tower,
vines are tied to their legs which miraculously jerk them up just millimetres from the
ground and certain death.
This remarkable festival is an age old
ceremony, unchanged over the years, with the rituals strictly adhered to. You can
read about this incredible event and even see it on video or film but nothing can match
the experience of actually being there. There is no visitor accommodation in South
Pentecost so one must either fly in on a day trip or, rarely, there is an opportunity to
stay overnight on a charter boat in a secluded bay. As many as 25 jumps may be performed
in a day from one tower and as the height of the jumps increases (up to 35 metres) so does
the tempo of the traditionally dressed men and women dancing and chanting alongside. The
atmosphere is electric, the experience unforgettable.
It has been only in recent years that visitors
have been invited to share the thrill of the Pentecost leap. Travel arrangements can and
should be made up to six months before the dive dates.
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