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Our Vanuatu trek takes you into the heart of the remote islands of Vanuatu. For 10 days you will hike the beautiful coastline, paddle and snorkel around the reef fringed islands and climb an active volcano, all the while experiencing the world reknowed hospitality of the local people. You will experience what it is like to live in a village and spend time with locals who rarely see the outside world, this is the real Vanuatu! Our Vanuatu adventure holiday is perfect for families! The outer islands are the perfect playground for the young, and the young at heart! Children will experience first hand what it means to live off the land and to live in community. They will come back to Australia with a fresh appreciation of what they have, and a broader perspective on life. Do something unique on your next holiday; don’t just visit Vanuatu, experience it!
Day 1 : Hike Phase: Port Vila - Southwest Bay - Melip Village.
We will leave our accommodation and take a short bus trip to the domestic airport where we will board a short flight to Southwest Bay on the Island of Malekula. We will then make last minute preparations in the small village of Wintua, before starting the hike phase of the tour. From Southwest Bay we will climb into the ranges to approximately 200m elevation. We will experience some beautiful jungle with huge strangler figs and an abundance of bush tucker. From here we will follow a series of ridges then down to the Village of Melip which is our first night stop.
Day 2 : Hike Phase: Melip Village - Farun Village.
From Melip Village, it is a short walk across Woromar Point to Milvorbang Bay where we will have a 2km beach walk looking across the Bay into the beautiful Torquoise coloured water fringed with coral reef. We will continue on across Rankinhunbus Point and into Mbwat Bang Village where we will rest and enjoy the Village people and the view across Leuravuh Bay.
We will continue on inland a short distance to the largest River we will experience, the Matanoi River. We will stop here for a swim and continue on to Malfakhal Village for a rest and some food from the local Villages. We will continue on skirting the coast until we reach our night location at Farun Village.
Day 3 : Hike Phase: Farun Village - Hokai Village - Peskarus Village
Today we will be up early with breakfast and a cuppa, say goodbye to the friendly villages and travel by short boat ride to Akhamb Island. We will spend some time snorkelling and discovering the island paradise. We will then board the boats and head to Hokai village for lunch. We will then continue on around some rocky outcrops along the coast before arriving at Hokai Landing where we will be met by Kalo and his boat. Kalo will transport us to his Village of Peskarus on the Maskelyne Islands where we will be welcomed with a local string band and some local foods to taste. We will now have a tour of the village and time permitting, have a snorkel around the beautiful reef surrounding the Maskelynes. We will then be shown to our accommodation where we can relax and enjoy our surroundings.
Day 4 : Canoe Phase: Peskarus Village - Clam Garden Island - Sakoa Island.
Today we will leave our walking shoes behind and start the canoe phase of the tour. You will be allocated a canoe and a canoe guide and start the day with a paddle over to the Clam Garden Island. The island is man-made and was instigated by one of the local chiefs from the village of Pelonk to enable the giant clams to be conserved. We will then have a snorkel and enjoy the abundance of clams and fish.
We will now continue on to Sakao Island where we will stay in a bush camp for the night. We will take Sam with us and tour the island on foot and hunt for some local bush food. The island is an abundance of mud crab, sea snails and of course fish. We will also find some local fruits and root vegetables to compliment tonight’s feast.
On a clear night, the glow of the Volcano on Ambrym Island can be seen from the campsite.
Day 5 : Canoe Phase: Sakoa Island - Vulai Island.
Today we will climb back into our canoes and start our days paddle. Get Up early and have some breakfast of fruit and other local foods. Get the canoe ready and start nice and early down the South West Channel. Paddle past the beautiful Avok, Awe, and Bagatelle Islands and swim and snorkel on some secluded tropical island paradise. We will then continue on to Vulai Island where we will camp on a sandy tropical island beach and have a stroll over to the mangrove fringed lagoon and maybe catch some mullet for dinner. Sam will guide us to the high ground to the south of the island for some photos. Again we will feast on a local fish smorgas board.
Day 6 : Canoe Phase: Vulai Island - Peskarus Village.
Homeward bound, we will start our paddle towards Peskarus Village. It is only a short day. When you get back, we will take the time to clean and dry your equipment. Allow May and Crita to cook you a well-deserved lunch then Tom will give us a tour of the island of Maskelynes.
There are three villages on the island which are all walking distance, Peskarus, Palonk and Lutes. Experience the island way of living, play with the kids and talk with the locals.
Being the last night in the Maskelynes, the locals will celebrate in the form of Island Night. The locals will put on a traditional dinner for you in the form of a hungy. The locals appreciate you coming and will want to show their appreciation. Please bring a present (cheap) from home to show your appreciation.
Day 7 : Volcano Phase: Peskarus Village - Ambrym Island - Marum Volcano Camp 1.
We will ensure all our equipment is packed for the Volcano walk. We will not be returning to Peskarus Village. We will be up early for the boat trip across to Ambrym Island, to the coastal Village of Port Vatu, where you will experience black sand beaches. The trip will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. Ambrym is the Island of black magic and there are still a lot traditional ceremonies taking place there.
You will be introduced to Chief Jack who is our host and is a local land owner. We will then begin our walk which will follow an old lava flow creek which winds through the jungle until we reach a small cliff where the creek narrows and begins to climb steeper. The temperature begins to cool and we experience a change in vegetation with ferns and stunted palms lining each side of the narrow creek. We will continue on traversing the creek in areas to bypass volcanic cliff faces until we reach the spectacular ash plane.
On the edge of the ash plane, we will find an old camp area which was once used by Volcanologists but is only used for hikers now. We will set up camp and take the opportunity to explore our surrounding and have a closer look at the spectacular ash plain and the glow of the Marum volcano at night. You may need your jumper tonight as the temperature is cooler due to the altitude, which is a welcome change to the usual heat.
Day 8 : Volcano Phase: Marum Volcano Camp 1 - Marum Volcano - Port Vatu.
Today we will experience a once in a lifetime experience of coming face to face with the bubbling lakes of the active Marum Volcano. For this leg of the trek, we can leave our packs at the camp and just take some water and a camera. We will walk across the ash plane which is a relatively flat walk, and enjoy the untouched vista. The track snakes around some smaller creeks until you reach the lava flow of the 1989 eruption. From here, the track continues on until you have a steep climb over the rim of the crater where you will witness the bubbling lava lakes of the active Marum Volcano. It is a truly spectacular site.
Don’t worry too much if the crater is covered by smoke. Just be patient and it will clear intermittently with the wind gust. After you have had your fill with the lava, we will make our way back to the campsite and collect our packs. We will then fill make our way back down to Port Vato Village where we will stay the night at the guest house where a meal will be prepared by the family of the local chief.
Day 9 : Volcano Phase: Port Vatu - Craig’s Cove - Port Vila.
After breakfast, we will make our way to Craig’s Cove by vehicle enjoying the beautiful scenery along the journey. Our charter flight will leave here at 1230hrs bound for Port Vila, where you can relax over a cold beer and contemplate the journey you have just undertaken.
Payment Terms & Methods :
* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
* Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
* Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.
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