Efate & Ambrym Islands with Volcano Trekking Experience
Day One: Efate – Port Vila
Arrive in Port Vila.
Spend an evening exploring and adjusting to island time. Dining at one of Port Vila’s many restaurants will be a delight, abundant fresh and organic produce is a highlight of this agriculturally diverse area. You’ll find all types of cuisine, from island influenced to French, Italian, Chinese and Indian and plenty of beach front bars and clubs right in town if a late cocktail takes your fancy.
Day Two: Efate Tour
Take a day tour of the gorgeous island of Efaté and many of its special places.
You’ll visit local villages, hike through lush rainforest to discover the beautiful Mele Cascades and swim in the vibrant pools at their base. Blue swimming holes are a feature of Vanuatu and flying from a rope swing into the blue water is an unforgettable way to mix with the locals. You’ll get to discover great snorkelling spots and the pristine coastline. A stop at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre gives a great introduction to the rich cultural diversity of these islands.
Back to your accommodation at Port Vila and an opportunity to try out another restaurant or perhaps a beachfront bar to witness the sun going down, cocktail in hand.
Day Three: Efate to Ambrym
In the morning, transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Ambrym.
Please allow one hour check-in time for all domestic flights and note there is a provincial departure tax of VT200/person to pay at each domestic airport after your check-in.
Note: For all tours and accommodation bookings on Ambrym island please visit www.ambrym.travel for details and booking information.
On arrival, settle in to your island bungalow, enjoy a swim or a wander and prepare yourself for the adventures to come!
Day Four & Five: Ambrym
Volcano Trek Overnight (2 days, 1 night)
Trek Day one: Approximately five hours. Max altitude: 720 metres.
Beginning at Port-Vato, the first part of your trek will get you warmed up with a pleasant walk through local forests with lush vegetation and prolific coconut palms, to a dry river bed where you’ll stop for lunch. Make sure you sustain yourself well, as the second part of the trek is not for the faint-hearted!
A steep climb through the river bed leads to an undulating forest track and narrow river crossing, where your efforts will be rewarded with spectacular scenery. Gradually the geography changes until you climb a steep dune towards the ash plane where your camp site is located.
You will set up camp and have time to admire the astonishing landscape while your local guide prepares dinner. On a clear night, you’ll see the glow of the incredible volcano pit that awaits your visit in the morning.
Trek Day two: Approximately three hours to Mount Benbow returning to camp and then four hours down to Port Vato. Max altitude 1020 metres.
It’s an early start for this unforgettable day, with a hike across the dramatic moon-like landscape of the ash plane. The breathtaking scenery will provide many photo opportunities, so make sure you have your camera at the ready! The final, steep climb takes you to the crater’s edge to look into the bubbling, lava-filled cauldron below, you’ll feel like you are looking into the core of the earth! You can even hear the huge, active lava pit from the outer crater. It truly is the experience of a lifetime.
It’s important to note that for this trek it’s best if you are reasonably fit and comfortable walking on steep terrain. Skin protection and plenty of drinking water are essential. You will need strong boots with adequate ankle support and warm clothes for your overnight stay.
The volcano is closely monitored, climbing is occasionally suspended on high-activity days and evacuation plans are always ready.
After your jaw-dropping crater experience, the hike back to camp is much easier. There you will have lunch, ready for your trek back down to the friendly village of Port-Vato.
Day Six: Ambrym
A trip to Ambrym is not complete without witnessing the Rom Dance. This magical tradition is breathtaking and unique to Ambrym. See the cloaked spirits stomp out ancient rhythms surrounded by massive guardian tam-tams. North Ambrym offers three fantastic festivals around July and August every year.
Day Six: Ambrym to Efate
Transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Port Vila
At your leisure
Day Seven: Tata mo lukim yu!
Depart Port Vila