Port Vila to Port Vila
The beautiful island group where we cruise is decorated with small tropical islands; each surrounded by soft white sand beaches and coral reefs and inhabited by people for whom time is an abundant commodity.
If you like discovering pacific cuisine, swimming, snorkeling or simply lying on these magnificent, deserted, white sand beaches, then this will be the cruise for you.
Our luxury cruises are all inclusive with spacious en-suite accommodation, all onboard chef prepared meals, juices, water, espresso coffee, tea, exciting shore excursions, snorkel equipment, kayaks and small boat exploration, onboard cruise leader, fishing equipment and guides. A full bar service is provided.
Departures for 2014:
Please note the itinerary is subject to change due to weather/sea conditions.
At 5 pm on Sunday we all meet at the Grand Hotel and Casino on Port Vila Harbour. The crew will transfer you by tender to "Island Passage" waiting at anchor in the Bay. Enjoy a welcome aboard cocktail and let your crew introduce you to the on board delights of your home for the next 6 nights. During a scrumptious welcome dinner we leisurely cruise to our overnight anchorage across the lagoon.
After a relaxed start to the morning, a swim and an a la carte breakfast we head north cruising towards our first destination, the beautiful Havannah Harbour. The spectacular narrow entrance at the Hilliard Channel provides great photo opportunities, and we anchor off our favourite pristine sandy beach at Lelepa Island. Experience the stunning snorkelling over the coral; a voyage of discovery in one of the tenders with the Bosun or beach combing as the sun goes down. This evening's dinner will be served under the stars on the aft deck.
Another glorious day at Havannah and the chance to join one of our talented fishing guides who will do his utmost to ensure the catch of your dreams ... amazing tropical Tuna, Wahoo or Mahi Mahi which our chefs will prepare for you. Lunch is served underway as we cruise the lengths of the lagoon and get up close and personal to the beaches surrounded by dense tropical jungle and dramatic volcanic cliffs. Within the lagoon there are numerous atolls fringed by coral-encrusted shallows. Swimming, snorkeling and fishing will beckon or join the shore parties to explore the nearby villages. "Island Passage" will overnight in the harbour and we enjoy the crew night with a superb BBQ buffet on the aft deck to celebrate a perfect day in paradise.
Today is a special scenic treat. After breakfast the helicopter arrives onto the back of the ship and all guests are taken for a 12 minute complimentary scenic flight around the islands, beautiful reefs and volcanoes in the area. This is a great chance for fantastic ariel photos plus the thrill of the take off and landing on the ships heli-deck.
We then bid farewell to Havannah and guests that are "hooked" on the tropical fishing can have another chance today as the fishing tenders can follow the ship on this morning's cruise. Our destination today is Pele Island, however if the conditions permit then the Captain will make a deviation north to Mataso Island. Totally untouched and remote, this tiny island and reef with its azure waters and thick tropical forestation is a destination few travellers ever experience.
Another leisurely start to the day, the landing craft will make trips to the amazing coral gardens off Pele. During the day the tenders run a shuttle between the ship and the shore so you can explore this remote village and get to know the friendly Chief and the people at your leisure.
This area is known as one of the best snorkeling spots in Vanuatu. The ship's tenders will be the perfect for exploring such a large area and underwater highlights will include spectacular drop-offs and stunning coral gardens. Turtles nest on the islands' volcanic sand beaches. Jungle walks will reveal the island's birdlife - and the afternoon snorkelers are likely to encounter turtles. Fishing is available, or perhaps swim or walk ashore, or just relax with a book on the top deck and enjoy the stunning vista. In the early afternoon we make our way to Tranquility Island. Tonight the Island Passage crew farewell you at the Captain's cocktail party. The last night aboard is traditionally a fun affair with the guests enjoying a great night with all their new acquaintances.
You wake to the aromas of your last meal aboard being prepared. "Island Passage" anchors close to the Port Vila waterfront that has many small shops and a local market located next to the waterfront - perhaps the perfect opportunity to purchase local art and craft or just soak up the vibrant atmosphere. Make sure you swap addresses with your fellow adventurers and say your last goodbyes to the crew. We will transfer you ashore in the tenders at 0900.
There are numerous activities available in Vila for your stay. The tours that operate throughout the island and villages are always popular. The dining is varied and reasonably priced with selections ranging from Asian, Pacific and French with numerous cafe style restaurants around 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 extended stay in Port Vila.
INCLUDED IN YOUR CRUISE PRICE:
En-suite accommodations - all outside staterooms
All included shore excursions as described
Onboard professional cruise leader
Use of all tenders, kayaks, snorkel and fishing gear
All onboard chef-prepared cuisine
Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, water or soft drinks
All port charges, taxes, fees and onboard services
Fishing is available on a casual basis. We operate one tender (4-6 guests) with a guide for approximately 2 hours on fishing days.
Budgeting For Those "little extras"
The activities outlined in our itinerary are included in the pricing. For the various options available we suggest you budget approximately 6,000 VT for the week (approximately A$80 / NZ$100) for handicrafts offered by the local villages (payable in Vatu directly to the villagers.)
The luxury motor yacht ‘Island Passage’ is perfect for a leisurely escape from a busy lifestyle. We have accommodation onboard for just 24 like-minded passengers in 12 spacious, individually designed cabins that feature rich timber paneling and handmade New Zealand Kauri furniture.
Each cabin is fitted with DVD, audio and tv, and all are individually air-conditioned. the Ocean Staterooms and Bridge Deck Suites have doors opening directly onto the outer deck. our Expedition Cabins enjoy ocean views and natural light from two portholes. Each of the cabins has its own spacious private en-suite facility. All cabins have ample lighting, storage and seating spaces and are amongst the largest of any ship in this size category to create an overwhelming feeling of being on board a small private yacht.
- Length: 42.1m
- Cabins: 12
- Built: 2006
- Passengers: 24
- Crew: 9