Island Escape Secrets of Vanuatu

August - September 2014 - 6 Nights

From $3565pp

  • Espiritu Santo to Espiritu Santo
    map of Vanuatu Mariner Boating holiday destination
    Espiritu Santo and it’s nearby islands have Vanuatu’s tallest mountains, the South Pacific’s most delicious beef, the world’s most beautiful beach and arguably some of the world’s most primitive villages. Plus you visit the world famous Pentecost land diving.

    We will show you these amazing islands of northern Vanuatu on this comprehensive 6-night Vanuatu Adventure Cruise onboard the “Island Passage”. You will visit villages that rarely see cruise ships or western civilization and take home memorable and fun experiences of your cruise and of the wonderful Ni-Vanuatu people. These cruises visit the world famous land diving each Friday morning. A live show not to be missed.

    Our cruises are all inclusive with spacious en-suite accommodation, all onboard chef prepared meals, exciting shore excursions, snorkel equipment, kayaks and small boat exploration, onboard leader, fishing equipment and guides. A full bar service is provided.
  • Departures for 2013
    • 12 May
    • 19 May
    • 26 May
    • 2 June
    • 16 June
    Please note the itinerary is subject to change due to weather/sea conditions.

    Day 1:

    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 which you can use for the rest of the day. NB: We suggest you pack a day bag with your swimming togs 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 crew member who’ll transfer you by tender to the “Island Passage”. Shortly after departure, the ship will head around Million Dollar Point; aptly named for the vast amount of American war machinery under the waves, the coast of Santo beckons. We then anchor off Aese Island for a sundown dinner. Welcome to Our Paradise.

    Day 2:

    This morning, there’s the opportunity to snorkel over a fabulous coral reef only metres from the ship. It’s an unforgettable experience - we’ll take you up current in the tender, so that you can drift over gardens of coral inhabited by a myriad of tropical fishes. On the same day, you’ll venture up the Riri River in a dugout canoe to discover the miraculous blue holes – deep, clear freshwater springs that bubble up into the river. You’ve never seen the colour blue quite like this. A refreshing swim is almost compulsory! The rest of your day can include as much activity as you wish: sightseeing from the tenders; exploring the shoreline; perhaps a trip with one of our fishing guides. Or simply relaxing in a steamer chair as you adjust to “island time “and get pampered “Island Passage” style. Tonight will be spent at anchor off the pristine beaches of Mavea Island

    Day 3:

    After enjoying another one of chef’s indulgent breakfasts there's still time for a swim or a walk before we up anchor and make our way north through even more beautiful island, arriving in Hog Harbour in the late afternoon. For those onboard keen to experience the thrill of fishing "tropical style" this is the first opportunity. Our guides in the fishing tender will shadow the ship up the coast in search of the game fish that the area is known for. On the right day the results can be spectacular with tuna, wahoo, and mahi mahi often landed. The views as we cruise north are unforgettable. If conditions are right some of our local friends will deliver a basket of local lobster. The evening sunset brings the day to a close with the Captains Dinner.

    Day 4:

    Today, your Vanuatu Cruise Adventure will see you landing on world famous Champagne Beach - said to be the most beautiful beach in the world - which promises the bluest water, whitest sand and greenest jungle - it's just breathtaking. You can swim, sunbathe, snorkel, kayak and chat with the local pareu sellers. Later today we cross the straits to explore Maewo and Pentecost.

    Day 5:

    We’re welcomed into the village of Asanvari, which is situated above a beautiful lagoon at the southern end of Maewo. This intriguing settlement has a charismatic leader known simply as ‘Chief Nelson’. We’ll say no more about the chief, in case it spoils the surprise! In Asanvarai you’ll get a look at the ni-Vanuatu way of life. You’ll also get to know their sense of humour because smiling and laughing are major pastimes here. You can watch a custom dance, chat with the locals, learn how to cook lap-lap, walk to the village gardens, and visit a beautiful waterfall or snorkel in the protected lagoon. And make sure you check out the Asanvari Yacht Club. When you arrive back on board, it’s time for the Captain’s Cocktail Party. We remain at anchor in this fabulous bay overnight.

    Day 6:

    After breakfast, the ship gets underway to sail south to Waterfall Village. Our local host will introduce you to the wonderful people of South Pentecost. You’ll be taken into the village as if you were part of it. From the Chief’s heartfelt welcome to your traditional Vanuatu kava farewell, you’ll be enthralled. All our guests agree that this is a very special place. Your last dinner aboard is served as we lie at anchor just off the village. Late in the evening we get underway with the trade winds on our quarter, passing between Bokissa and Aore Islands as we head back towards Santo. This is a day you will remember for years to come.

    Day 7:

    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.

  • 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.)
  • Island Passage

    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