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Vanuatu Land Diving Festival

5 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Port Vila
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.

Day 2 Pentecost Island
Your Pentecost tour is designed for those who want to witness and understand the cultural practices of the land-diving tribes, and who want to explore the remote South Pentecost region. It is an early start to catch the Air Vanuatu flight to Lonorore, where we transfer straight to the land diving tower to witness the heart-stopping naghol ceremony. You will be amazed at what Lonely Planet has described as ‘the most remarkable custom in all of Melanesia’! As the day trip visitors board their vehicles to head back to the airport, we head to a nearby coastal village to meet our local hosts and enjoy a traditional lunch. We spend the afternoon exploring the village, which is also an 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, our hosts will prepare a traditional kava ceremony to formally welcome you to the village. All meals are included today.

Day 3 Pentecost Island
Today you will explore the natural beauty of the region through a half day trek, which is another chance to meet and engage with the communities who call this special place home. We conclude the day swimming and relaxing at the beach.
All meals are included today.

Day 4 Pentecost Island - Port Vila
This morning your land diving friends will take you for a paddle in a traditional outrigger canoe, before the 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 will enjoy spectacular coral gardens and sunset across the harbor. Farewell your leader and group tonight with an optional final night dinner.

Day 5 Port Vila
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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All This Included
Be amazed by the ancient land diving ritual of Vanuatu's Pentecost tribes, the original bungee jumping, often called ‘the most remarkable custom in all of Melanesia’.
  • Meals - 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Transport - Private vehicle, Plane
  • Pentecost - Naghol (Land Diving) Ceremony
  • Pentecost - Traditional kava welcome ceremony
  • Pentecost - Half day island trek
  • Pentecost - Traditional outrigger canoe ride
  • Pango Peninsula - Snorkelling
Highlights
  • 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
Accommodations
Hotel (2 nights)
Beach bungalow (2 nights)
Notes
  • Ages: Min 15
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 12
  • 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.
  • A single supplement is available on this trip.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.