Vanuatu Culture and Snorkeling Combo
This full day tour of Vanuatu is just what you need to slow down and immerse yourself in the moment. Reconnect with yourself, make new friends and share your laughter with theirs. You will discover what really matters when you discover Vanuatu and its culture, people and pristine waters.
You begin your tour directly from the pier area where you drive to your first stop of the day at the Iarofa Cultural Village (or Pepeyo Cultural Village). An amazing cultural experience awaits as you learn traditional practices and skills and watch a customary dance and fire-walking display. The resorts of Port Vila have little in common with the traditional villages and their life, but it's contrasts like these that make Vanuatu a surprise.
Continue on to Castaway Island for fantastic snorkeling and underwater adventure from these deserted islands with secluded white sandy beaches. Made up of roughly 80 islands that stretch over 800 miles, the islands offer snorkeling, scuba diving at coral reefs, underwater caverns and wrecks such as the WWII SS President Coolidge.
Now that you have worked up an appetite be provided a delicious BBQ lunch on a private beach on the island, served by the chef of Aquana Beach Resort.
Your tour resumes when you next visit Port Vila for the city's highlights. Learn all about this Pacific Island and discover that this place is far beyond any notions of a traditional cruise-ship port with flashy resorts. Deserted beaches, ancient culture, remote and rugged outer islands along with crystal clear waters are just a small part of the magnetism of this archipelago.
A stop is made at the Duty Free shops for the chance to look for any souvenirs of your time here.
Your next stop is made for a kava tasting. This traditional drink is a product of Vanuatu and is highly important to the custom and culture of the region. The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties to name just a few. Kava is consumed throughout the Pacific Ocean cultures where it is primarily drunk to relax without disrupting mental clarity. You will have the chance to sample a"shell" or two and have a true island experience.
Your last stop is at the Wharf Markets where you will have the opportunity to shop one last time before you make your way back to your ship after a stroll through this colorful market.
Reviewer: Bob Purdy
Highlight of our 14 day So. Pacific cruise. Extremely interesting & informative time spent learning about & participating in their cultural activities. Took this excursion mainly for the snorkel tour, but very pleased that this was part of our adventure. Our time snorkeling with our guide Moses was spectacular. We were taken to a private resort where we hopped on to one of their boats and a half hour later were snorkeling in beautiful warm, clear water, abundant with fish & amazing coral. Lots of snorkel time & we were the only ones there, very private. Arriving back at the resort, we were provided a wonderful lunch and then relaxed a while with a few adult beverages. Our guide Moses was a fabulous host, wonderful personality, very informative and great sense of humor. Highly recommend this excursion, very private and at a much more reasonable cost.
We truly enjoyed visiting a village and watch the fire walkers. The snorkeling was outstanding. Justin was a great guide.
Reviewer: James Gambill
Excellent guide. Real tastest of the island culture. Good value for the money.