Vanuatu Cruises – Review


Spending most of your time near or in the water is a given when you’re in Vanuatu. There’s scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, and fishing. The best way to experience all these activities at once is to go on a cruise that will take you to Vanuatu’s key destinations full of stops that will let you experience the best of what the island nation has to offer.

Read on for a small sample of Vanuatu’s Cruise packages.

Sailaway Cruises

Sailaway Cruises operates out of Port Vila and brings clients to the North Efate area for snorkelling. diving and to mingle with the local underwater wildlife and coral reefs.

Sign up for a regular day trip, or the full 3 to 5 day cruise and be whisked off to popular snorkelling and dive spots like Hat Island, Survivor Beach (said to be one of the main locations the 9th season of the show Survivor was filmed) and Paul’s Rock. Don’t forget to bring your underwater camera otherwise you will miss out on capturing breath taking pictures of your adventure under the sea.

Coongoola Day Cruise

Widely regarded as a “must do” for new visitors of Vanuatu, the Congoola Day Cruise can accommodate 60 passengers and bring them to secluded coves and beaches located around the North Efate and Moso area.

Depart from Port Vila and head on over to Havannah Harbour where you will find the 23 metre sailing ketch Congoola moored to the bay. Visit the Turtle Sanctuary on Moso Island where you can even sponsor a turtle which comes with the benefit of receiving updates on how your turtle is progressing as it grows up.

A short walk along the waterfront will bring you to the Tranqulity Island Dive base where you will be given your snorkelling gear and be brought to a nearby secluded beach where you can spend the rest of the day interacting with the exotic fish that have made this place their home.

On board the Congoola, they will be firing up the grill and serving marinated fillet steaks with fresh salads and rolls for lunch. The day will go by at a leisurely pace, giving you ample time to get your fill of the amazing food and beautiful scenery.

At the end of the day, Congoola will hoist its sails and bring you back to Havannah Harbour. If you’re lucky, you may find yourselves accompanied by dolphins on the way home.

Island Escape Adventure Cruises

Island Escape Adventure Cruises cater the more affluent travellers eyeing to get the most out of their island escape while being close to the finer things in life.

Choose from a selection of week-long cruises and a premium cruise that lasts for 13 days:

The Secrets of Vanuatu (6 nights) will take you all around Espiritu Santo on board the “Island Passage.” Fascinating destinations such as the Riri River, Champagne Beach (said to be the most beautiful beach in the world), The Village of Asanvari, and many more await those who go on this culturally charged voyage.

The Mystery of Vanuatu (6 nights) cruise brings travellers to the islands of Wala, Ambryn and Malakula. You will be brought to the most remote and inaccessible parts of Vanuatu and be immersed in their culture, customs and village life.

The Romance of Vanuatu (6 nights) brings you to the island group’s best white sand beaches and offers you a taste of what it’s like to have all the time in the world to soak up the waves. The cruise itinerary is filled with deserted beaches and dive spots, making you forget the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Magical Vanuatu Cruise (13 nights), the be all and end all of Vanuatu luxury cruises gives you a comprehensive experience of visiting tribal villages, magnificent beaches, while giving you the all the luxuries only a cruise ship can offer. Witness spirit dances, active volcanoes, and the local version of base jumping called land diving.

Come away from this unique experience with the notion that you have experienced everything that can be experienced in Vanuatu.

There are many ways to experience the wonders of Vanuatu, but on board a cruise ship is regarded by some as the most luxurious way to explore this exotic island nation. If such a route appeals to you, book your trip on Air Vanuatu now. You will not regret that you did.

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8.5 Cruise Heaven

When it comes to cruises to idyllic locations, a cruise to Vanuatu is as good as they come. Relax on board, or go for a dip in the warm tropical ocean. It's the absolute place to be!

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Paul Maric has been a freelance travel writer for the past seven years.Paul’s mainstay is freelance motoring journalism, where he has contributed content to major Australian and international publications.Travelling all over the world, Paul has had the chance to stay at some of the finest hotels, eat at the finest restaurants and visit some of the most amazing locations.