Welcome to Vanuatu
Vanuatu is a Pacific island adventure far beyond any notions of cruise-ship ports and flashy resorts. Deserted beaches, ancient culture, remote and rugged islands and world-class diving are just a small part of the magnetism of this scattered 80-plus island archipelago.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... Read More
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Paris Museum of Chocolate
Paris’ Gourmet Chocolate Museum (Musée Gourmand du Chocolat) is the Van Belle family’s third Choco-Story museum, after Bruges and Prague. Located in central Paris, this chocolate museum gives a rich glimpse at the evolution of chocolate. All the descriptive panels are in English, French and Spanish, and there are children’s activities for your little ones, including a treasure hunt. On your self-guided tour of the 2,789-square-foot (850-square-meter) museum, browse more than 1,000 original artifacts across numerous exhibits and demonstrations that recount the 4,000-year history of the cocoa bean in all its forms. Starting with the Olmecs, Mayas and Aztecs, learn about the important role cocoa played in ancient cultures.Jump forward to 1502, when Christopher Columbus and his crew robbed a Mayan trader, and in the process, nabbed some cocoa beans. Unimpressed with the goods, he nonetheless brought the cocoa beans back to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella as a curiosity. By the end of the 16th century, the use of cocoa spread across Europe. You'll also see how the chocolate-making process has streamlined over the centuries. Watch demonstrations to discover the secret behind the shiny outer coat that makes chocolate treats so appealing, and taste some of the chocolate products made on-site. Enjoy the milky smoothness of Costa Rican chocolate, the superb melt-in-your-mouth fruitiness of Peruvian chocolate, the sweet aromas of cocoa beans from Vanuatu and more. And don’t feel too guilty about indulging today — as you’ll learn, chocolate has many health benefits!At the end of your visit, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate (if option selected) and browse the museum shop to purchase any books, souvenirs or chocolate products you like.
Shore Excursion: Full-Day Vanuatu Sightseeing Tour from Port Vila
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.
Port Vila Self-Guided Audio Tour
Relax in the beautiful and culturally vibrant city of Port Vila located in the Republic of Vanuatu. This incredible audio tour will take you to Vanuatu Cultural Centre where you can learn about its traditions, you'll also take an easy stroll through the stunning Waterfront that will provide you with great photo opportunities. You'll also see the Cenotaph, the amazing Lookout Point, a Cathedral, Port Vila Markets and the famous Port Vila Post Office. This tour offers a great insight into the magic of Vanuatu and is the perfect way to make your stay unforgettable. Take a trip to paradise. As a self-guided audio tour, you have the power to control your experience. Set the pace and take in the atmosphere. Your tour, your way.
Half-Day Shore Excursion: North Efate Snorkeling Adventure
Board the air-conditioned coach in the morning from your cruise ship port and go on a half-island tour to North Efate, complete with onboard commentary. Relax as you head out of town, past local villages and scenic highlights including Mele Cascades, and Hideaway Island, bound for Havannah Harbour to board Vanuatu's glass bottom boat for a true adventure cruise.After boarding your boat you'll head to a place where time stands still and villagers from adjacent islands still paddle their outrigger canoes. Cruise through beautiful Havannah Harbour to a protected coral reef, home to a wide variety of living corals and many colorful tropical fish. Jump into the crystal clear water for some of Vanuatu's best snorkeling. Try the new 'EasyBreathe' snorkeling mask or look through spacious windows as you cruise over a remarkable coral garden. After doing some snorkeling, return to the boat for some more scenic cruising to an untouched, coconut tree fringed beach, a perfect place for the children to swim. Watch as crew climb a coconut tree, taste some fresh coconut, or wander over and talk to locals who frequently paddle to this beach to wash their clothes in a natural spring.After more cool cruising, arrive at 12:30pm at Havannah Harbour's famous Wahoo Bar and Restaurant, just in time for lunch. The Wahoo earns consistently high reviews on Trip Advisor and you will have an hour to soak up this idyllic waterfront location. Loved by Vanuatu locals, this restaurant prides itself on fresh local seafood and organic Vanuatu beef. Lunch is at your own expense, so it's up to you - choose a snack or a sumptuous meal or perhaps just go for a swim.At 1:30pm, it is time to re-board the coach and say goodbye to the unforgettable Havannah Harbour. Arrive back at your cruise ship at 2:30pm with an abundance of photos and a lifetime of memories.
3 Night Adventure Package on Tanna Island
Arrive on Tanna by plane and our driver will bring you to White Grass Ocean Resort where you will be accommodated in a double or twin Ocean View Bure at the premier resort on this island. The package includes airport transfers, daily cooked breakfast, complimentary WIFI in guest lounge, tourism levy and VAT.The following tours are included:Yasur Volcano & Tanna Highlands Safari:The safari will take you through the Middle Bush area, past the wild horses on the White Grass plains, coffee plantations and many highland villages before reaching Mt. Loanialu at 552 meters. Across the ash plain moonscape Isiwi area, terminating at the foot of Mt. Yasur a further 10 to 15 minute walk will place you at the crater's edge (depending on volcano activity at the time), where one can ponder the awesome power of nature.Lagalangia Kastom Village (Lowinio)Depart at 8.30am, Lagalangia village is approximately a 45 minute drive into the jungle where you have the opportunity to experience a way of life that has not changed in centuries. The villagers have resisted the trappings of Western culture and continue to embrace a subsistence way of life dominated by their belief in 'Kastom". This tour allows you a brief and interesting insight into the daily life of a local tribe. Some handicrafts are available for purchase and you will pass through the main town of Lenakel.Then choose from either of the 2 tours below:Louniel Surf Beach and Waterfall SafariA thrilling 4WD adventure to the magnificent Louniel waterfall, hidden deep in the forest. Enjoy a picnic lunch (included) on the spectacular black sand surf beach on the east coast of Tanna before a swim or surf on body boards provided. Bath in fresh water spring before your afternoon return to the resort. Black Magic and Kava Tasting TourDeparting at 1pm, experience the rituals of Black Magic practiced by a Warrior tribe in the highlands of Tanna. Never before has this tribe, who still live the way they have for hundreds of years, shared its black magic secrets. The warriors will explain their practices and trickery which are still used today on rival villages. See the art of ambush in action. The warriors will challenge you with their traditional weapons (bows & arrows, spears). See the Kava plant before it is prepared and then taste the 'real thing'. See the coffee plant and the process of harvesting. All of your senses will be aroused and your adrenaline will pump on this special, spiritual tour.
3-Hour Volcanic Signature Spa Package including Massage in Port Vila
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.