How to get to Vanuatu

Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 islands in South Pacific, 270 nm from New Caledonia and 980 nm from Australia and New Zealand.

You’ll easily find international flights from New Caledonia, the Fiji islands, Australia and New Zealand to Port Vila – Vanuatu. From there, a short domestic flight will take you to Luganville, the departure point for your cruise.

Jointly administered by France and United Kingdom up until 1980 (then known as the New Hebrides), these islands were almost forgotten by Western civilization, allowing them to maintain their traditional Melanesian culture and identity, as well as agriculture and living standards far from industry and mass tourism.

The warm-hearted local population, their love of life and their traditional lifestyle in complete harmony with nature all combine to make this country a model for the rest of the world faced with today’s environmental challenges. Together with its magnificent and delightful landscapes, Vanuatu is a must-see destination.

The official languages are Bichlamar, French and English.

Build your trip

Starting from Luganville, Espiritu Santo Island, there are around 30 available spots for anchoring (some of which we have mapped ourselve), allowing our guests to discover diverse islands such as Aoba, Maevo, Pentecôte, Ambrym and Malekula.

Our exclusive anchoring spots In Malekula allow our passengers to discover not only isolated villages that cannot be reached by road, but also the unique kindness of their inhabitants. Enjoy a rare life experience through direct contact with local populations on the other side of the world.

Given the number of available anchoring spots, we can adapt cruises to all lengths of stay. The varied geographical locations of the islands also allow us to adapt our itineraries to wind conditions.

Below, we have provided some examples of  7 days or 4 days. cruises. Once again, however, we will be happy to personalize your experience and plan the perfect cruise for you.

Sample 7 days trip

Day 1 : Arrival at Luganville airport, boarding across from the Beach Front Resort; visit of local market and last-minute purchases before departure. Then, night sailing to SW Malekula Island (80 nm).

Days 2 & 3 : Anchoring at Melip and Caroline Bay

  • visiting villages, gardens and schools, meeting local inhabitants,
  • snorkeling, swimming, leisurely stroll to waterfalls.

Day 4 : sailing to Dixon Reef

  • snorkeling on the reef,
  • visiting the village.

Day 5 : Sailing to Tisvel Bay

  • visiting Nakamales,
  • meeting local inhabitants.

Day 6 & 7 : Sailing to Malua Bay

  • visiting Blue Hole on foot and opportunity to swimming there;
  • 4 hour hike through the rain forest (waterfalls, large bat caves, etc.);
  • Return trip to Luganville (35 nm).

Sample 4 days trip (around Espiritu Santo island)

Day 1

  • Arrival at Luganville airport, boarding across from the Beach Front Resort;
  • Visit of colorful market (opportunity to taste local specialties like ‘kaikai’ and to view cultural and craft activities at the city park).

Day 2

  • Short 6 nm sailing trip to idyllic port Benier (Aisari bay) on the Aore island,
  • Swimming and snorkeling before lunch on-board,
  • Leisurely stroll to Port Latour to enjoy its beautiful beaches before returning to the boat for dinner on-board.

Day 3

  • Breakfast on-board, followed by a 12 nm sail to Suranda Bay,
  • Snorkeling on the reef, while watching manatee and turtles in the crystal-clear water,
  • Walks along the sandy white beach; visits to the mangrove and its salt-water pool.

Day 4

  • Breakfast on-board, then sailing 6 nm to Peterson Bay,
  • Visit to Oyster Island, then lunch on-board followed by a short excursion up the river to the Matuvulu blue hole,
  • Dinner on-board or at the Oyster Island Resort; return trip to Luganville by taxi (15 km) that night or the next morning.

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