7Â – 10 Days in Santo and Ambrym
An adventure seeker 7 to 10 days in Santo and Ambrym itinerary provides a sample of what Vanuatu has to offer. Located in the South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu residents maintain traditional cultural practices while hosting visitors from all over the world. The previously French-owned Island is approximately 1,750 kilometres from Australia.
Local residents speak French, a local dialect known as Bislama and English. Official island currency is the vatu. During their weeklong adventure, guests try their hand at extreme sporting and tuna fishing. Island getaways cannot be strenuous all the time so visiting local relaxation facilities is also on the menu.
The following is a suggested itinerary for first-time visitors:
Day 1 Espiritu Santo – Luganville
Plan to dine at a Luganville restaurant in the evening. The bustling port area offers a host of dining options including fresh seafood and traditional French bistros. Head to Restaurant 1606 for a truly decadent experience. Attentive staff serve French, vegetarian and Egyptian entrees in an elegant setting. For budget-conscious options, dine on beef stew and fish from local vendors. If going out feels overwhelming, hotel restaurants and lounges offer delicious menu options just a short distance from guestrooms.
Day 2 Espiritu Danto – Luganville
Head out to sea in the afternoon on Hobie Cats. Leisurely cruise the shoreline or attempt to command one of the 16-foot vessels. Dine at Vanuatuâs new Slipway Bar and Grill in Lope Lope Adventure Lounge. Slipway combines free pool, darts and live television programming with popular food and beverage selections. Call (678) 36066 from international locations, 36066 inside Vanuatu or send an electronic mail (email) message to email@example.com for operating hours and additional information.
Day 3 Espiritu Santo – Luganville
During the afternoon, get spirited away by Espiritu Santo Cultural Tours for a walk through Vatthe Conservation Forest. Prepare for transport directly from the hotel to Vanuatuâs first national park. Marvel at the rainforest and black sand beach located in Big Bay on the Northern side of the island. Bird watchers and nature enthusiasts are huge tour fans. Trained guides discuss local plant and animal life. Bring plenty of insect repellent as the trail is home to many mosquitoes. Wear comfortable shoes for the easy but lengthy journey.
Day 4 Espiritu Santo – Luganville
Enjoy a restful afternoon after arriving at Craig Cove or Ulei airports in Ambrym. The next day promises to be physically exhausting.
Day 5 Ambrym
Be aware that Ambrym adventures are physically demanding and only healthy individuals should attempt volcano hikes. Plan to spend the entire day hiking and carefully research the area before starting. All visitors assume responsibility for personal safety and the well-being of travel companions.
Day 6 Ambrym
Spend time in local gardens during the afternoon to learn about life on Ambrym. Residents are extremely proud of garden areas and welcome the opportunity to give visitors a tour.
Day 7 Efate – Port Vila
Unleash the inner child with afternoon Hydro Zorb adventures from Wet nâ Wild. Spend two to three hours sliding and bouncing down Mele hills inside a 2.5-meter inflatable ball. Prepare to get wet and have tons of fun. Pre-book sessions to ensure parties meet the minimum participant requirements.
Day 8 Efate – Port Vila
Spend the afternoon relaxing and preparing for a sunset cruise.
Enjoy an evening with Meridian Charters on a two-hour cruise of Port Vila Harbor departing at 5:00 pm from Iririki Jetty or CafÃ© du Village. Beverage selections including wine, beer and orange juice compliment gourmet finger foods. Great food and good company provide a stunning backdrop to a beautiful tropical sunset. Watching the moonrise above paradise brings an exciting day to a romantic, peaceful ending.
Day 9 Efate – Port Vila
Unwind with a spa or beauty treatment at one of Port Vilaâs day spa facilities. Men and women are welcome to receive massages, manicures, pedicures and facials. Galvanting Goddess Experience makes every woman feel like royalty while Lotus Day Spa warmly welcomes solo male travelers.
Day 10 Departure
Adventure Seeker itineraries touch on every activity that embodies the South Pacific region. Guests explore scenic natural beauty and talk with residents who provide first-hand knowledge on unique local features. From exploring active volcanoes to receiving facials with mineral-enriched mud, no two days are ever the same. Travelers looking for indescribable adventure should look no further than Vanuatu Islands.