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- 15 days volcano expedition to Vanuatu: Yasur & Ambrym -

"I can recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see, hear, feel, and smell the furious boiling lava of Vanuatu" (Andrew M., Australia)
Glow from Ambrym volcano
Glow from Ambrym volcano
Strombolian activity of Yasur
Strombolian activity of Yasur
Beach on Ambrym (Photo: Marco Fulle)
Beach on Ambrym (Photo: Marco Fulle)
The active vents in Benbow crater (Ambrym volcano)
The active vents in Benbow crater (Ambrym volcano)
Traditional food in Lalinda (Ambrym)
Traditional food in Lalinda (Ambrym)
Group at Yasur volcano
Group at Yasur volcano
Port Resolution beach break
Port Resolution beach break
Strombolian activity at Yasur volcano
Strombolian activity at Yasur volcano
Are you ready for adventure?
The contrast between unspoiled rain-forest, coconut palm beaches, primitive culture and moon-like landscapes surrounding lava-spitting volcanoes could not be bigger: join us on an expedition to the two most active volcanoes of Vanuatu: Ambrym and Yasur.
The expedition is also an immersion into the diverse and rich traditional culture of the islands, the daily life in remote jungle villages where you meet the very hospitable and welcoming people of Vanuatu.
A great mix of adventure, breathtaking landscapes, unspoiled tropical beaches, friendly people and exotic culture awaits you.
  • Multiple days (4 days each) for close observation of the active volcanoes Ambrym and Yasur
  • Option to ascent Yasur every morning / every night (6-7 times total) included
  • Option to abseil into Bembow crater on Ambrym
  • Charter flight Port Vila to Ambrym with scenic rounds over Lopevi and Ambrym volcano for aerial photography
  • Breathtaking moonscapes, unspoiled rainforests, pristine beaches
  • Intense experience of traditional life and culture of Vanuatu
  • Delicious food (rich buffets with roasted pig and chicken, vegetables, tropical fruits etc)
  • Custom dances and local music
  • Small groups
  • Accompanying geologist/volcanologist expert in Vanuatu's volcanoes

Ambrym + Tanna 15 days (normal itinerary)

Note:
Due to the expedition character and the infrastructure of the destination, changes in the exact itinerary on location might be necessary (e.g. due to weather conditions, changes in domestic flight schedules etc.)
Day 1: Arrival on Vanuatu (Port Vila, Efate Island)
Arrival at the Airport of Port Vila & transfer to Port Vila town.
Acc.: mid-class hotel in Port Vila (D)
Day 2: Efate - Ambrym
Departure from Efate (Port Vila) to Ambrym (domestic flight or chartered plane). Meeting with the exceptional family of your guide and transfer in the village with one stop to the hot springs of sesivi with a refreshment at the ocean shore. Welcome ceremony. Afternoon & evening to discover the village.
Acc.: simple village guesthouse (B, L, D)
Day 3: Ascend into the caldera - Marum volcano
Hike and ascent into the caldera. Installation of the base camp, picnic lunch with traditional food and hike to discover Marum volcano.
Acc.: base camp inside the caldera (B, L, D)
Day 4: Benbow volcano
Expedition to the crater of Benbow with its usually active lava lakes. Descend (abseiling) into its crater optional, conditions permitting (trained guides assist you with professional equipment). Return to the base camp in the evening.
Acc.: as before (camp) (B, L, D)
Day 5-6: Marum & Benbow - spare day in the caldera
2 more days in the Ambrym caldera to discover Marum and Benbow inside the large Ambrym caldera in order to maximize photo / video opportunities.
Acc.: as before (camp) (B, L, D)
Day 7: Crossing of the caldera - descend to Endu
Cross the entire caldera and descend to the east coast of the island to the charming and unspoiled village of Endu on the east coast, where you'll be welcomed with lots of smiles. A welcome ceremony and a wonderful local dinnerwait for you.
Acc.: simple, but charming family-run guesthouse (B, L, D)
Day 8: Culture & Traditions of Endu
A full day to immerse into the traditional culture and life of Endu: dances, magic, kava and religious ceremonies. Assis the Melanesian preparation of the famous dish LapLap.
Acc.: as before (guesthouse) (B, L, D)
Day 9: Culture & Traditions of Endu
A second full day to discover the traditional culture and life of the village: visit the schools, see dances, magic, medicine, local crafts and assist the preparation of the pig - the highest of ceremonial meals.
Acc.: as before (guesthouse) (B, L, D)
Day 10: Endu - Lopevi volcano and lava tubes - flight back to Port Vila
Transfer early morning to Toak or Penapo village; views of Lopevi stratovolcano. Discover the famous tradition and art of sand-drawing of Toak, a declared Unesco immaterial heritage.
On the way to the airport, visit lava tubes in Penapo; refreshment and flight back to Port Vila. After transfer to the previous hotel, group dinner in a seaside restaurant.
Acc.: hotel in Port Vila as on D1 (B, L, D)
Day 11: Flight to Tanna - Transfer to Yasur volcano
In the morning, we fly to Tanna island. A 4WD pick-up brings us accross the island to a simple, but charming guesthouse directly at the feet of Mt. Yasur volcano. After lunch, we drive and hike to Yasur volcano to enjoy its spectacular volcanic activity from close, as long as we wish...
Acc.: guesthouse on Tanna (B, L, D)
Day 12: Day-trip to Port Resolution beach & Yasur volcano
Relaxing day-trip to Port Resolution combined with a magnificent lunch on one of the world's most beautiful beaches... Visit of Yasur volcano in the evening/night.
Acc.: as before (guesthouse) (B, L, D)
Day 13: Custom dances of Imao - John Frum village - Yasur
Optional early morning / sunrise excursion to Yasur volcano. Walk to the villages of Imao to see unique custom dances with an
amazing panoramic view on Yasur volcano.
After lunch, transfer to the village of John Frum: meeting (and luch) with village chief; side-trip to Sulfur Bay at the foot of Yasur to bathe in hot springs, visit of the local museum dedicated to the memory of John Frum.

If this falls on Friday, option to assist the all-night long dancing celebrations. Option to visit Yasur volcano again in the evening / night.
Acc.: as before (guesthouse) (B, L, D)
Day 14: Flight Tanna - Port Vila, free afternoon
Optional morning visit to Yasur volcano.
Transfer to airport, flight Tanna - Port Vila. Transfer to the hotel, free lunch & afternoon. Farewell dinner at the seafront (not included).
Acc.: hotel in Port Vila as on D1 (B)
Day 15: End of tour
Transfer to airport or own extension (recommended: 1-day tour on Efate).
Acc.: none (B)
Tour code: VAN_SPV
Tour type: Volcano expedition: photography - active volcanoes - nature & culture
Difficulty: Moderate
Group size: 5-10
Duration: 15 days

Dates:

10-24 Jul 2017
24 Jul - 7 Aug 2017
10-24 Sep 2017
20 May - 3 Jun 2018

Price (p.p.): 3450 €  ? 

Included:

  • All transfers as described in the itinerary
  • Charter flight Port Vila to Ambrym with scenic rounds over Lopevi and Ambrym volcanoes (great for aerial shots!)
  • Domestic flights between Efate, Ambrym and Tanna
  • Full board on Vanuatu (including table water) except a few meals as specified
  • Accommodation in guesthouses, hotels and camping
  • Porters, camp hands and local guides
  • Camp kitchen
  • Professional volcanologist guide / expedition organizer (Yashmin Chebli)

Tour guide:

The expedition will be accompanied by our team volcanologist Yashmin Chebli who has tons of experience on Vanuatu and other volcanic areas around the world. Have a look at his website: www.vanuatu-expedition.com (photos) and Youtube channel!

Arrival info:

The tour starts and ends in the capital Port Vila on Efate Island where international flights arrive (usually from Brisbane or Sydney in Australia or via Aukland New Zealand). Participants normally arrange their own flight tickets, but on request we can help with that.

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