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Yacht Experiences

Culture, Conservation, and Craters in volcanic Vanuatu

Travel to this remote Pacific Island chain of 80 islands and islets to discover the fragile cultures and environments that exist in blissful detachment here. Cruise its villages and incredible dive sites by yacht and discover the remarkable traditions that have existed here for millennia.

When to go:
May – October

VOLCANO HIKE & BURIAL CAVES

Arriving in Tanna, you’ll transfer to your yacht. Once you’ve settled in, hike the crater edge of Mount Yasur—an active volcano—while passing through rarely explored highland villages.

Discover the jungle and the plains on horseback, discovering the local flora and fauna before you and your guide arrive at the coffee plantations. Bathe in secluded hot springs and take a dip beneath Louniel Waterfall before returning to your yacht. Navigate to Katiua Rocks for a snorkeling expedition to see sharks, tuna, and barracuda.

On to Erromango next, to see the ancestral burial caves that have provided spiritual succor as well as physical shelter from cyclones for the indigenous tribes. You’ll see traditional stories and clan motifs daubed on the cave walls before a hike from Dillon’s Bay to the Kauri Reserve to see the impressively girthed Kauri trees.

DIVE MOSO DRIFT & NAMBA TRIBES

Awake to find your yacht anchored off Moso Island. Choose to dive the Moso Drift with its grey whaler sharks and eagle rays alongside your Pelorus dive master, or instead snorkel the translucent shallows that often entice dolphin visits.

Following a delicious lunch, see the critically endangered hawksbill turtles being cared for at the local turtle sanctuary. You’ll help tag and monitor the many juveniles in their care prior to their release.

Arrive at the island of Epi and explore the wondrous biodiversity found in Namuka and Nikaura’s marine protected area. After your dive, kayak and snorkel in search of dugongs amid the coral and sea grass of nearby Lamen island.

Back on land, trek into the forested, mountainous hinterland for an encounter with the Big Namba and Small Namba tribes. You’ll meet tribe members and during this rare opportunity learn about their culture, their ceremonies, and traditional dances.

LAND DIVING & DIVE WRECKS

Following breakfast on your yacht, travel ashore to learn about the world-famous land diving, or ‘Nagol’, from people who perform this remarkable ritual. If you’re traveling from April to June, you’ll get a chance to see it for yourself. Leave the villages and hike through the jungle, stopping off at numerous waterfalls and swimming holes to cool off. Alternatively, return to shore and spot turtles as you snorkel the coastline.

Your yacht will navigate to Espiritu Santo—a fantastic diving site with several WWII shipwrecks beneath the waves. Swim through the holds and decks of the SS President Coolidge, seeing the jeeps, guns, and cannons on the seafloor.

For a high-adrenaline adventure, travel inland by hiking and canyoning across caves and rivers. You’ll pass through Nambel Village and arrive at Millennium Cave Waterfalls and Hidden World Waterfall. Discover this world-class diving site and its caves, tunnels, and mesmerizing reef walls.