Welcome to Vanuatu & New Caledonia

Life in the Tropics

In Vanuatu and New Caledonia you’ll find a touch of the exotic in the everyday. Life here is always entertaining, whether you’re being surprised by turtles peeking out of the sea, sidestepping crabs at the market, or eyeing up unruly mounds of kava before it gets pounded up at a kava bar. Wherever you go, take in the little pleasures that pop up each day, whether it’s bright flowers strewn on your bed, fresh coconut milk ready for drinking, or being in town during a harvest festival.

Pacific Bliss with a French Twist

Noumea, especially around Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata, is decidedly French. Its food, language and architecture may make you wonder exactly which hemisphere you’re in. Port Vila crouches around a bay which, on cruise-ship days (and there are plenty of those), is a hive of adrenaline-boosting activity. It doesn’t have the la-di-da factor of neighbouring Noumea; instead, it’s a down-to-earth collection of dusty, low-rise buildings where carvings and boar tusks jostle for space with bright Mother Hubbard dresses, and fresh raspberries are lined up invitingly at the fruit and vegetable market.

Out of Town, the Islands Await

Finding island paradise is a frangipani-scented breeze in New Caledonia and Vanuatu. Less than half an hour after arriving in Vanuatu you could be chilling in your lagoon-facing room and settling into island life with an icy welcome cocktail. In New Caledonia, even the cheapest island bungalows are charming. Getting around is easy too, with reliable flights, ferries and roads making connections from coast to mountain to atoll simple. Off the main islands, Vanuatu’s bungalows are basic affairs, but who needs electric lights when they just dull the glow of the stars?

Something for Everyone

Take the kids to Vanuatu; the ni-Van children are a lot of fun, and there’s always beachside hermit-crab action for entertainment. Peering into a live volcano will give a whole new meaning to future geography classes. There’s plenty to do for adults, too. Party in Noumea and practise your French. Discover one of the world’s largest reefs on a diving trip. Yachties flock to the Pacific, and the ni-Van in particular know how to extend a warm welcome. Sound like too much work? These countries are also ideal for anyone keen on doing nothing but relaxing.

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$80.86 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.

$29.06 Tours & Sightseeing

Guided City Orientation Tour of Noumea

On this 90 minute tour, you will be picked up from your accommodation and will travel in new air-conditioned vehicles. Make your way from Noumea’s different Bays to the city center while viewing and exploring attractions along the way. Make the most of all of the sights and attractions of Noumea with your experienced guide who will provide all of the information you need about the capital and relate local stories you would never have heard otherwise. You will leave New Caledonia having learned the fundamental things about Noumea, and most importantly, having enjoyed your time doing it. On this tour you will enjoy several stops, most which have excellent views. Stops included on your tour include the look out at Ouen Toro, Anse Vata Bay, Lemon Bay, Orphelinat Bay, Coconut Square, look out over Noumea, the supermarket or French bakery, local market and the colonial house.

$80.86 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.

$87.16 Cultural & Theme Tours

Half-Day Cultural or Botanical New Caledonia Tour from Nouméa

On this tour you have the choice of two options. The main tour option has a cultural theme with a stop at Tjibaou Cultural Center where you will be initiated to the Custom Gesture. The second tour option has a botanical theme with a stop at a vantage point over the Grand South. The Jurassic Park scenery will transport you back to the time of dinosaurs discovering some of the 3500 native plants growing in the red ground. Both tour options suggest you to stop at “Plum Spring” to taste New Caledonia’s very own mineral water directly from the source, as well as a visit to the Miracle Church, the oldest church in New Caledonia before returning to Noumea via some historical landmark buildings. On this tour you will enjoy several stops, most which have excellent views. Stops included on your tour include Sainte Marie bay, Côte Blanche and his famous Vernier Promenade, Tjibaou Cultural Center (cultural option only), Plum Spring, Jurassic Park view point (botanical option only), look out over Noumea, Faubourg-Blanchot: Maison Celières (guide to explain about old typical colonial style houses and the history of this neighborhood).  At the end of your tour you will be taken back to your Noumea accommodation.

$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 LAGOON Be 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.