Island Escape Itinerary

Espiritu Santo and its nearby islands are home to Vanuatu’s tallest mountains, the world’s most beautiful beaches, waterfalls, rainforests, volcanoes, the South Pacific’s most delicious beef and some of Vanuatu’s most primitive villages. You will visit villages that rarely see western civilisation and, as the Vanuatu Tourism slogan says, ‘discover what matters’. You will discover a lot about other cultures, the wonderful ni-Vanuatu people and even a lot about yourself. All cruises include luxury accommodation, all onboard chef-prepared meals, juices, water, espresso coffee, tea, shore excursions, snorkel gear, kayaks, small boat excursions, an onboard leader, fishing equipment and guides.

Cruises operate outside cyclone season in the traditionally ‘dry’ months of May to October. The dress code is very casual – shorts and tee shirts and perhaps a light sweater in the evenings – smart casual for evening meals.

Here is a sample Island Escape Adventure Cruise itinerary – ‘VANUATU – THE SECRETS OF BALI HAI ‘

Sunday (Day 1)

If flying into Santo today, your transfers from the airport are provided to Aore Island Resort where you are greeted with a welcome drink and beach towels will be provided for the day. You have until 4:00pm to relax and enjoy the resort facilities before boarding the ‘Island Passage’, which will be anchored just off the island. Sailing is at 5:00pm and the ship heads around ‘Million Dollar Point’ to the east coast of Santo. We anchor for a sundown dinner off Aese Island. Welcome to Paradise!

Monday (Day 2)

This morning take an unforgettable snorkel experience over the sensational coral reef that teems with tropical fish just metres from the ship. Venture up the Rari River in a dugout canoe to discover the miraculous Blue Holes (deep, blue, clear, freshwater springs that bubble up into the river) – have a swim and the rest of the day is yours – just relax on board in a steamer chair and adjust to ‘island time’ or go sightseeing from one of the tenders, explore the shoreline or grab a guide and go fishing. Tonight we anchor off the pristine beaches of Mavea Island.

Tuesday (Day 3)

After a chef-prepared indulgent breakfast take time for a swim or walk before we up anchor and make our way north through more beautiful islands towards Hog Harbour, the late afternoon destination. On the way experience the thrill of fishing ‘tropical style’ in search of game fish like tuna, wahoo and mahi mahi. Sunset brings the day to a splendid close with the Captain’s Dinner to follow.

Wednesday (Day 4)

Today we visit breathtaking Champagne Beach, arguably the most beautiful beach in the world. There’s no rush here – spend the day swimming, sunbaking, snorkelling, kayaking or chatting with the locals. Tonight we cross the straits to explore the islands of Maewo and Pentecost.

Thursday (Day 5)

Arrive in the beautiful lagoon at the southern end of Maewo and be welcomed into the village of Asanvari. Meet the charismatic village leader known as ‘Chief Nelson’ (here’s a lifelong memory!) and gain a rare insight into the ni-Vanuatu way of life. See custom dancing, learn to cook lap-lap, visit the village gardens and nearby waterfall, chat with the locals, snorkel the protected lagoon and, when back on board, time for the Captain’s Cocktail Party. We remain anchored in this fabulous bay overnight.

Friday (Day 6)

After breakfast we sail south to Waterfall Village on Pentecost Island. The villagers welcome guests into their village as if they are family. From the Chief’s heartfelt welcome to the kava farewell you will be enthralled – this is one of the most special places on the planet. A little sadness served with dinner this evening as it is the last night. Late in the evening we up anchor and head back towards Santo.

Saturday (Day 7)

Continental breakfast is served before disembarking at 9:00am. You are free to use the facilities at Aore Island Resort until it is time for those heading home to be transferred to the airport.

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