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Honeymoon in Vanuatu

A whole host of activities for your South Pacific honeymoon: ecotourism, watersports, diving, adventure, cultural tours...

Eco Tours

Vanuatu offers a good variety of eco tour products from discovering the hidden beauty of the fabulous flora and fauna in its natural environment, to learning about the history and cultural background of certain natural attractions, meeting local communities that are involved in environmental projects, gentle bush walking passing coconut plantations and historical sites, waterfall and cascade tours, group mountain biking tours, river kayaking tours, volcano and hot spring trips, bird watching at Vatthe Conservation on Santo, turtle tagging on Moso north of Efate and so much more on offer!

Watersports

Enjoy our great range of Watersport activities offered by various independent tour operators and hotels which highlight the destination's wide range of watersports from hydro zorbing or Water Ball Walking, to jet rides, tube rides, catamaran, ocean kayaking and plenty more. New watersport adventures keep adding to the list!

Scuba Diving

Divers come from all over the world for Vanuatu's superb visibility, warm water and world-class dive sites. The underwater world offers plunging cliffs, grottoes and overhangs plus huge caves and intricate tunnels and life abundant over all this making for a visual feast. Divers can be surrounded by sea fans, soft corals and acropora gardents, plate corals, sponges and thousands of curious fish.

But the true drawcard for diving in Vanuatu is the SS "President Coolidge" - the largest wreck dive in the world. This 22,000 ton luxury liner converted to troop ship sank fully laden during the war, just a few meters off the beach. The front holds are jammed with the machinery of war. Guns, helmets, gas masks and personal effects are scattered across the promenade deck and bow. The Coolidge is suitable for novice and advanced divers with novices able to dive the shallow sections of the wreck. Most reefs begin in shallow water (ten meters or less) and drop away to varying depths.



For dedicated divers who enjoy sailing, longer cruises through the islands further north of Efate are available. Experience the isolation and peace of remote places and see something of the culture of Vanuatu while diving the world famous Tongoa wall (the edge of a live volcano) or the beautiful Maskelyne Islands.

There are a range of dive operators offering beginners diving and internationally recognized full certification courses.

Adventure Tours

If it's adventure you're after Vanuatu is for you. With hundreds of sightseeing and soft adventure tours on offer there's always plenty to see, do and experience in this amazing country.

Make the most of this South Pacific paradise with your choice of adventure tours and activities from kayaking trips, game fishing, scuba diving or sailing trips throughout the magnificant islands of Vanuatu. There's 83 islands and adventure waiting for you to enjoy on many of them. Vanuatu is one of the few places in the world where you can stand at the rim of an active volcano - an awe-inspiring sight many travel to Tanna Island to witness.

Adventure tours in Vanuatu are suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness and operators can tailor a trip to suit you. Visit a backstreet store where the best homemade jam in the South Pacific is made or a charter flight trip to a deserted island or abseiling down a waterfall. The choice is all yours!

Cultural & Community

To capture the complete Vanuatu experience, you MUST try a cultural or community tour. Tours range from pure cultural village experiences showcasing an ancient way of living that is still being lived today, custom dances, experiences that merge culture and nature, to past traditional village set ups demonstrating the old way of life, and rural village community tours. All cultural & community tours are 100% owned and operated by local Ni-Vanuatu. Watch dancers perform a custom dance that is only unique to their island such as the Banks and Torres Islands snake dance, or feel the adrenaline rush from lurking warriors with bows and arrows, watching you make your way down with the tour guide to the village entrance for a big community welcome. Come on a cultural adventure with us!

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Vanuatu Culture

With a population of approximately 221,000 (from the Vanuatu Statistics Bureau 2006), Vanuatu boasts 113 distinct languages and innumerable dialects. This makes it one of the most culturally diverse countries on earth. This amazing diversity is a result of 3,000 years of sporadic immigration from many Pacific countries. Although most settlers arrive from Melanesia, the larger built, lighter skinned Polynesians also settled in the islands. As with all nations and peoples, over millennia these different groups came into both peaceful and violent contact, sometimes intermarrying and sometimes having losing their cultural identity to a more dominant group. Each successive wave of immigrants carried with them all the tools needed to live. Food crops, tree seedlings and their most important animal - the pig. This animal is probably the most significant aspect of life in Vanuatu, for it symbolizes not simply a source of protein, it is the cornerstone of their ritual life, a token of wealth and power upon which entire societies are founded. Over the millennia, natural boundaries; large open stretches of water, dense jungle and mountainous terrain, isolated many groups, even from the same ethnic origins, from each other. And isolation bred not just warfare, but quite different, sophisticated societies and political systems.

Unfortunately, when Europeans began trading in Vanuatu, they often used such warfare to their own advantage. Today, there are four main cultural areas. In the northern areas, there are two variations of a social and political society where men and women can 'purchase' positions of status. Wealth, in the form of mats and pigs - particularly pigs with rounded tusks - is not defined so much by how much an individual owns, but by demonstrating how much he can give away. Grade taking ceremonies, where large numbers of pigs are ritually killed and gifts given to members of an extended family, are elaborate affairs. Although the status of a person may be publicly displayed with, for example, certain body decorations, and a respect for their status, there is no real authority attached. In the central areas, Polynesian type systems have predominated. Here, a hereditary chief is a powerful authority figure reigning over an entire class system, complete with nobles and commoners.

In the southern islands, particularly Tanna, titles or names are bestowed on certain men, which designate them as chiefs. This status can give them rights over land and even possessions of entire social groups. Women hold a very low status whereas in places like Ambae and the Shepherds, women can achieve the rank of Chief.

Source: vanuatu.travel

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