Adventures in the Isles of Happiness

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 2+ (Easy to Moderate) according to our trip grading system.

Average Day
• 1-3 hours snorkeling
• 1-2 hours hiking
• Occasional kayaking, paddleboarding, and reef walking

Challenge Days
Day 4: 2 hours kayaking including time in the open ocean (potentially against current), 4 hours snorkeling, a portion of which requires a brief duck dive just below the surface to access an open air cave.

How Tough is This Trip?
You need to be comfortable snorkeling in a variety of conditions, including drift snorkels and occasionally against strong currents. Some snorkeling excursions involve difficult entries from rough coral shelves. Our hikes are typically up steep terrain with loose volcanic rock. For the kayaking excursions, you will need to be comfortable paddling into wind and waves for up to half an hour at a time.

Weather

The climate in Vanuatu is very pleasant. The winter months (April to September) tend to be the best months for travel, with temperatures ranging from 70-80ºF. Mosquitoes aren’t as persistent in these months but we recommend bringing repellent, especially for the evenings. Sea temperature varies from 70 to 80 degrees, making swimming enjoyable year-round.

Accommodations

Our nights are in well-located island-style beach resorts in bungalows that lend an authentic, laid-back experience of this island paradise. The waterfront bungalows feature comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, and private verandas with chairs and tables. The resorts are staffed by friendly people and you’ll soon feel like an extended member of the family.

Cuisine

Breakfasts are at our accommodations, and feature local fruits and Western options. Lunches are picnic-style or at restaurants in villages along the route. Dinners are either at our accommodations or local restaurants where we are able to experience traditional meals.

Transporation

Our land excursions take place primarily in vans. Please note that road conditions in Vanuatu are not up to Western standards. All trip members should be comfortable in small boats.

OCEAN CONDITIONS

Our kayaking and boating excursions take place in the open ocean, and the sea can be rough if it is windy or stormy. In general, we choose routes that are largely protected from high winds and strong currents, and we run the trips at the times of year when the weather is most reliable. We also adapt our daily schedule to local conditions.

EQUIPMENT

We require that trip members bring their own snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, and fins) to ensure a proper fit. The water can be chilly, especially in the Southern areas, so we recommend a 3mm wetsuit if you get cold easily, or at least a lycra skin for sun and stinger protection.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.