Departures for 2013:
Please note the itinerary is subject to change due to weather/sea conditions.
On arrival at Espiritu Santo Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to downtown where a ferry will be waiting to take you to Aore Island Resort. Once there, you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink and then given beach towels that you can use for the rest of the day. We suggest you pack a day bag with your swimming gear and anything else you may need for the day. Oh, and if ‘swimming’ isn’t first and foremost on your ‘things to do’ list, the resort has an all-day dining menu and bar which you’re more than welcome to use. You’ll have until 5pm to relax and use the resort facilities before you are met by a crewmember who will transfer you by tender to the “Island Passage” that is 100 metres from the resort. Shortly after departure we anchor off Bokissa Island for dinner.
After a relaxed start to the morning, perhaps a swim before an a la carte breakfast, then we head south cruising towards the small but beautiful Wala Island. This remote, densely-vegetated island will excite anyone with an interest in anthropology. Cut off from its larger neighbor, Malekula, by a deep channel, Wala is remarkably untouched by modern culture – astounding, considering its welcoming inhabitants, wondrous environs, world-class snorkeling and fascinating ancient traditions. Visit local markets and stores to pick up handicrafts, then cool off with a swim or snorkel off one of the island’s beaches. This evening's dinner, if you desire, can be served under the stars on the aft deck.
Today is a very special day, and as we anchor off Ranon on Ambrym Island you will immediately notice what makes this island so unique. It has two active volcanoes, Mt Marum and Mt Benbow and is sometimes called Black Island because of its black beach sand and its "black magic", steeped in history. Today, the locals have extended us a special invitation to experience the very secretive and mystical Rom spirit dance, a performance rarely seen by outsiders. There will be ample time to spend with these wonderful and very friendly people before returning to the ship. This evening at anchor we witness the amazing glow from the nearby volcanoes.
This afternoon we anchor in the most amazing coral reef complex, the Maskelyne Islands. Participate in the very best in-water activities Vanuatu has to offer, including snorkelling and boat tours or the option of a fishing trip with our guides. This evening as the sun sets, join in the Captain's Cocktails and Dinner while reflecting on this and the previous day’s amazing and unique experiences.
Cruising north we land at South West Bay on Malakula Island where we spend time with the locals and admire their handicrafts and artwork, which are some of the finest in Vanuatu. The island is famous for the complex ceremonies and rituals preserved by two of its remarkable tribes, the Big Nambas and the Small Nambas. The large lagoon behind the village is perfect for exploring the daily life in this village while the waters are full of coral and offer excellent kayak and snorkel opportunities.
We stay for most of the day here in South West Bay. The villagers are very friendly and welcome us to explore further into their lifestyles. Early in the afternoon we sail north, hugging the fascinating coastline. Dinner will be served underway and we will have an evening arrival at Malo Island where we will spend the last night.
We have you disembarking after breakfast at 9am. Depending on your flight arrangements we either transfer you to the airport or have arranged for you to use the facilities at a local resort.
There are numerous activities available for your stay. The tours that operate throughout the island and villages are always popular. The dining in Port Vila is varied and reasonably priced with selections ranging from Asian, Pacific and French with numerous café style restaurants throughout the bay. The shopping is also interesting from the market in town to the numerous duty free opportunities. Either way you will be offered many choices and endless possibilities for your time in Port Vila.