An action-packed adventure, the Millennium Cave tour is for bold individuals who enjoy challenging hikes. The tour features a trek through a dense rainforest, an exploration of Vanuatu’s biggest cave, and a rock climb before winding down with a river swim. Trip Advisor members have called the Millennium Cave Tour as “not to be missed” and “best holiday adventure ever”.
Located in South Central Santo, a forty-five minute journey from the town of Luganville, lies the Millennium Cave. Upon arrival, you will enjoy a fifteen walk across a bamboo bridge and through a coconut plantation to ultimately end at the lovely village of Funaspef. Your guide, a local hailing from this village, will detail the tour within the historical Nakamal building. Visitors will be outfitted with torches, life jackets, and flotation devices to facilitate the cave trekking and river swimming.
While the trip delights with a stroll through tight jungle tracks and across bodies of waters, it is the Millennium Cave that is the real star. Once you reach the Cave, clay paste in the shapes of symbolic etchings will be painted on your face. It is designed to assure you a safe passage through the Cave. A second guide will remove your pack, holding it for safekeeping. This allows tourists to walk unimpeded through the Cave. Be sure to keep close tabs on your guide; he will captain you through the winding river bed as you study the interesting walls of the Cave. Definitely shine your torch up to the roof of the Cave. You will be able to witness the many bats and swallows that live on the Cave’s ceiling. At the end of the Cave excursion, you will be reconnected with your bag or backpack.
After such an exciting adventure, the tour breaks for a tasty lunch, before picking up for the river experience.
The boulders, littered throughout the river, are gigantic. Scramble up the rocks and then crawl down them. It’s a daring, athletic adventure for the intrepid. Rest your sore muscles with a relaxing swim in the river. Marvel at the scenery – soaring stones and gushing falls. Visitors can shower under a waterfall or dive from the craggy rocks.
After the river swim, there is one last leg of adventure – a precipitous climb to the trail that will return you to Funaspef Village where tropical fruit and sweet coffee cap off this perfect day.