SUP VANUATU 2019
DATE: 7 - 14 July 2019
DURATION: 7 days / 7 nights
The islands of Vanuatu offer some of the best travel destinations in the South Pacific. If you've been dreaming of an active family-friendly vacation that involves gin clear waters, coral reefs, palm trees and white sand beaches, then this SUP Wilderness Adventure is perfect for you!
Vanuatu is a scattering of 83 tropical islands amidst the blue waters of the South Pacific. Often referred to as the Happiest Place on Earth, stand up paddle boarders, divers and cavers will be left with serious face-ache after visiting Vanuatu's palm-fringed shores.
Less than three hours flying from Australia, the tropical islands of Vanuatu offer a quick escape from the rat race. Although most tourists head straight to Port Vila, SUP Wilderness Adventures opt for the pristine beauty of Espiritu Santo, in the far north of the country.
Santo lies in the country’s far north and is the largest of all the isles. Despite the size, the densely forested island remains in a largely undeveloped and undiscovered state; a single sealed road providing access to the small eco resorts that dot the eastern coast. Once a logistics base for the Allied Forces, Santo’s remote appeal lures intrepid travellers and it remains a place where pretty much anything’s possible; if your adventurous streak is strong enough.
This is a place where Mother Nature shows off in all her pristine glory. Her volcanic heart beats beneath tangled jungle through which wild rivers run. A skirt of white and black sand runs along her girth and is surrounded by fringing coral in a bejewelled turquoise sea.
Gin-clear rivers, coral-fringed deserted isles and an abundance of virgin waterways await. Fresh water Blue Holes, jungle-clad volcanoes and jelly-blue lagoons beckon exploration. Add friendly villagers, authentic culture and a wide range of adventure activities, and you have one of the most popular destinations on offer.
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Famed for the WWII dive sites of Million Dollar Point and the President Coolidge, Santo is also home to the spectacular and much-photographed white sands of Champagne Beach. But it’s the virgin rivers, fresh water blue holes and vast coral gardens that hold the greatest appeal for stand up paddle boarders.
Santo has many distinct geological wonders that are each worth exploring in their own right, but as most visitors stay for just 7 days, the following are our top picks:
Matevulu Blue Hole
There are two ways to approach this incredible blue hole; by road, starting at the spring-fed blue hole, which is presided over by a massive banyan tree with bamboo ladder and Tarzan rope; or from the Oyster Island landing and then paddling 45 minutes up the Mateva River through sunken forests and tranquil jungle.
Islands and reefs
All along Santo’s east coast are stunning islands and coral reefs. Most easily accessible are Aore, Aise, Turtle, Dolphin and Oyster islands. Each is different and each is simply stunning and well worth a paddle.
Lagoons and coral bays
The northern east coast beaches of Port Olry, Lannoc and Champagne are picture postcard perfection. Think white sand, palm trees, thatched huts, aqua waters and WWII relics just lying around. Stay a night or more and sleep in a thatched bungalow on the beachfront or in a gnarly old cyclone tree. BYO hammock.
When we travel to Santo, it's like a home coming. We introduce you to friends across the island; villagers who still live a subsistence lifestyle, and expats who have opted out of the rat race and taken on a different life. This allows you to get a true sense of island living...but don't be surprised if you start to consider relocating after you've experienced paradise and seen how life SHOULD be enjoyed!
Each day will be filled with even greater wonder, but the pace and activities are yours to choose. Do as much or as little as you like...
We'll take you to swim in waterfalls, blue holes and across coral gardens.. You can island hop by SUP or boat, paddle up pristine rivers or simply opt for some hammock time to soak up the view, listen to the breeze rustling the palm fronds and the waves gently lapping the shore. It's YOUR holiday so YOU choose. We'll make it all happen.
SUP Wilderness Adventures/ Two Llamas have been working with villages in the north of Santo since 2015. Over the years, we've renovated 4 kindergartens, a health centre/ maternity ward, and undertaken numerous small scale economic development, education, health and educational projects.
While in Santo, we'll undertake a coral reef health check, deliver medical supplies to the Health Centre we sponsor, and visit the island's horse rescue & rehabilitation facility, Santo Horse Adventures.
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Trip style: Active family
Activities: stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, snorkelling, horse riding, swimming, village visits, island hopping, photography, star gazing, voluntourism.
Group size: 12 people max
Minimum age: 10 years
Fitness level: Moderate
Commences: Luganville, Espiritu Santo
Fly in to: Pekoa International Airport
Preferred airline: Air Vanuatu
PRICE: Au$1850 / USD 1400 (plus Au$75/ person for food kitty)
2 nights tree house accommodation (share)
5 nights lagoon-front villa accommodation (share)
Welcome shell of kava
All land transport
Use of SUPs/ kayaks
Blue hole visit
Jungle river paddle
Port Olry and Lannoc beach visits
Island hopping by SUP or kayak
Kastom owner entry fees
Beach bonfire feast
Sunset SUP & sip
English speaking guide
Souvenir cap and tshirt
Travel comfort pack
- Full day plantation visit, lookout hike and cave tour on Aore Island
- 2-hour plantation & lagoon horse ride,
- Full day Malo Island boat trip OR
- Full day Millenium Cave Tour.
This is a family friendly vacation on one of Vanuatu’s most unspoiled tropical islands. Rich in WWII history and natural attractions, Espiritu Santo has no large resorts or tourist crowds, meaning the beaches are unpolluted and the cultural experiences remain authentic.
We’ll be staying part of the time in tree houses overlooking azure waters and deserted islands, and the remainder of the time in a modern beachfront villa.
The itinerary has been designed to challenge and delight both adults and children. A mix of activities have been offered that provide participants with insight into traditional village life and the natural attractions that make Vanuatu so appealing. Do it all or pick and choose each day.
No prior experience is required and no solo supplement is charged (so long as you are willing to share accommodation).
To keep food costs to an absolute minimum, we ask each participant to contribute Au$75 to a food kitty, meaning very little additional cash will be required.
Flights & excess baggage
Meals, beverages and activities where not stated as included
Insurance & travel medicine