Welcome to Vanuatu

Where else can you hike up a crater to stare down into a magma-filled active volcano then ashboard back down, snorkel in a blue hole and drink kava with the local village chief – all in the same day? The resorts and restaurants of Port Vila have little in common with traditional kastom (custom) village life in the outer islands, but it's contrasts like these that make Vanuatu a surprise and a challenge.

Vanuatu was slammed by Cyclone Pam in 2015, but the ni-Van people, resilient and laid-back as ever, take life in smiling strides.

It takes a little time, effort and a healthy sense of adventure to truly explore Vanuatu's islands, but it's worth every bit of it.

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$79.57 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Vanuatu Round Island Tour from Port Vila

You will be picked up at 8:30am from your accommodation in Port Vila and taken to your first stop; Iarofa Village. This is an amazing cultural experience where you will be able to experience traditional practices and skills, and be mesmerised by custom dancing and an amazing fire-walking display.The next stop of the day is the Blue Lagoon and Eton Village. Here you will be able to enjoy swimming in this magnificent naturally blue lagoon or at the beautiful white Eton Beach. Refreshments are included – fruits in season). At Eton Village you will be able to visit the Village Primary School (when open).Visit Pangpang and see the huge ancient banyan trees. You will learn the difference between the male and female trees and the use by their ancestors.You will then visit Beachcomber at Takara Lodge. Enjoy a Melanesian style buffet lunch to live music with a local string band. The second last stop is the World War 2 relics. This is Ernest’s story and collection of a man passionate about this part of our rich history.The final stop is Gideon’s Landing. Visit Vanuatu’s Survivor Beach and enjoy afternoon coffee & tea. You will have an opportunity for snorkeling opportunity if time permits before being taken back to your accommodation at 4:30pm.

$79.57 Outdoor Activities

Vanuatu Jungle Zipline Canopy Tour from Port Vila

Your tour begins when you meet for either the 10am or 1pm departure at the seafront in Central Port Vila. A free transfer in one of the 4 wheel drive vehicles will take you up to The Summit Gardens in Mele Bay, 25 minutes away, where the Zipline is located. You may also prefer to make your own way and meet at the Summit Gardens.Harnessing, ticketing, washrooms and locker rooms are provided at this large building with fantastic views over the escarpment down to the sea far below. Once harnessed, follow your guided tour into the jungle and ascend high into the trees to begin your journey. Zip platform to platform admiring the views and taking in the thrill. Wear comfortable, casual clothing and footwear that will not fall off. Bring a camera, phone or go-pro to record your amazing experience. This tour is approximately one hour in duration but with transfers will take a total of 3 hours back to town.If any of your party will only be viewing there is a cost is $10 for the transfer to be paid locally. Parties not participating may do the free jungle walk underneath the zipline to view the other participants or view the summit tropical gardens which are free of charge.

$85 Shore Excursions

Vanuatu Shore Excursion: Cultural Village and Blue Lagoon

Your full-day shore excursion begins when you are met at the Vila Main Wharf at 9am (dependent on when your cruise ship arrives) by your guide who will be holding a sign board with your name on it. You will be transported from the Vila Main Wharf and will head on a brief drive through the busy town of Port Vila.Your first stop of the morning will be at a Cultural Village. You will be able to see the local artifacts and tools that the locals used to use on a daily basis to survive in the islands. This is a trip back in Vanuatu’s history. Following this you will watch a short cultural dance performance before having a walk around a small zoo section of the village to see some of the island’s wildlife.  The second stop of the day is at Naiwe Beach. Here you will get to see turtles which are over 100-years old. They are the main attraction of Naiwe Beach. If you wish you can also have a snorkel at the beautiful beach nearby.Third stop is at the Blue Lagoon. You will get to swim in a natural swimming pool of refreshing crystal blue water.Next you will have a chance to do your duty free shopping. Vanuatu has great deals on duty free and doing this at the end of the tour means you don’t have to carry your shopping around all day.  Lastly visit the wharf market. You will have time to walk through the mama’s market before getting back on-board your cruise ship.

$85 Shore Excursions

Discover Cascades and Swim with Turtles in Vanuatu

STOP 1: THE ETON BLUE LAGOONBe amazed by the warm clear waters and fascinating nature of the untouched island paradise of Vanuatu.STOP 2: CRYSTAL BLUE (SWIMMING WITH TURTLES INCLUDED)Get a chance to swim up close to sea turtles. If you are game at high tide you can easily snorkel on the other stretch of the beach which covers some lovely white sandy spots. BBQ lunch is included at that stop.STOP 3: RARRU CASCADESBe amazed by one of the best cascades Port Vila has to offer. Breathtaking views and a magnificent waterfall await you you STOP 4: DUTY FREE SHOPPING (ONLY APPLICABLE TO CRUISE SHIP GUESTS)We give our visitors an ample amount of time for duty free shopping before we head back and drop them off at the wharf markets.STOP 5: DROP OFF AT THE WHARF MARKETS (ONLY APPLICABLE TO CRUISE SHIP GUESTS)Finally at the end of the tour we drop off our guests back at the wharf market where they can walk back easily to the cruise ship and make some last shopping.

$120 Shore Excursions

Port Vila to Vanuatu Full-Day Sightseeing Shore Excursion

Your full-day shore excursion begins when you are picked up from the Vila star/main wharf at Port Vila around 9am (dependent on the arrival time of your cruise ship). You will have a short safety briefing before heading off for the day.Departing from the town area you'll first see the green vegetation of the Island. You will travel in a fully air-conditioned bus. With a guaranteed window seat, you can sit back and relax as you enjoy the incredible views and the natural features of this beautiful island nation.Your senses will come alive when you take this tour that encompasses locally grown coffee, the native culture and customs and a stop to one of the islands amazing cascades.You will first travel to a coffee factory that is a true Vanuatu success story. Tanna coffee is grown under the shadows of the still active Yasur Volcano. It is the active volcanos influence that makes this coffee so unique. Tanna coffee accomplishes its award winning high quality through natural means by hand harvesting only optimum ripe cherries, same day processing, natural fermentation methods and sun drying. The manual processing techniques are what makes this coffee so unique, and it will delight any serious coffee drinker or discerning connoisseur.Your next stop will be the Mele Village just 20 minutes north of town. Visit the Secret Garden and discover this mix of wildlife and culture at this stop. A local guide explains aspects of the Melanesian culture and offers a glimpse into the tribal history of Vanuatu, from cannibalism, volcanic activity and land diving traditions to their fight to become independent of the British and French in 1980. Enjoy a cultural show with singing and dancing and wander around to truly experience the beauty of the Garden.Continue on to the Cascades. With plenty of places to stop and take photos you eventually make your way to a beautiful cascade where you can also dive into the pool for a refreshing swim.Next you will travel to the world’s only underwater post office. From the Hideaway Resort it’s possible to purchase a special, waterproof postcard and snorkel down to send it! Don't forget to take your underwater camera for proof of sending this precious piece of mail.Finish off the day with some shopping and a stop at the Duty Free shops before returning to the pier area. An additional drop off at the wharf market is made available if you would like to continue to shop before re-boarding your ship.

$165 Spa Tours

Port Vila 3-Hour Volcanic Spa Package, Massage plus Tea, Fruit

This indulgent Vanuatu spa package is one of our most popular spa treatments. It starts with a volcanic ash scrub and mud wrap to detoxify, revitalize and refresh the body (includes a mini facial). The exfoliating qualities of volcanic ash will gently polish and rejuvenate your skin while being nourished by natural oils and butters.The full body massage that follows is a 1-hour deep tissue remedial massage to relieve tension in the muscles and tendons. The choreographed, rhythmic movements of our experienced Ni Vanuatu therapists induce deep relaxation and a feeling of total bliss. This is topped off with a 30-minute Coconut Cream Bath. Coconut is renowned for its restorative and skin enlivening qualities - simply a delicious tub bath spa experience of coconut milk and coconut oil enriched with essential oils of lime and vanilla to moisturize, hydrate and cleanse your body.The green tea and fresh tropical fruit platter that is served during these spa treatments is complimentary.