Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Develop a Taste for Adventure; Vanuatu's Islands Dish Up a Rich Variety of Experiences for the Daring Traveller

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Develop a Taste for Adventure; Vanuatu's Islands Dish Up a Rich Variety of Experiences for the Daring Traveller

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VENTURE off the beaten track this year and take up the opportunity to visit Vanuatu's outer islands.

With packages, booking support, and regular flights now available, there has never been a better time to explore them.

Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 islands, and outside the main islands are a number of gems waiting to be discovered.

From active volcanoes, to unique cultures and traditions, the outer islands offer a once-in-a-

lifetime adventure and an unforgettable experience.

Malekula

Malekula is Vanuatu's second-largest island, and provides visitors with a fascinating insight into Vanuatu's history and culture.

Tourists are able to witness traditions of the Small Nambas and Big Nambas, and adventurous travellers can uncover old cannibal sites hidden in the bush on North Malekula.

Each August, Malekula is also home to the Nalawan Festival, where travellers can witness spectacular Nukofo custom dances, celebrations and ceremonies.

To book accommodation or tours in Malekula, travellers can visit www.malampa.travel, an online booking resource launched in August, or Adventure World's new First Footprints product collection, which launched in October.

Pentecost

Pentecost is famous throughout the world for the land-diving ritual (Nagol or N'gol), which occurs every Saturday between April and June.

The ritual, which influenced the invention of bungy jumping, sees local men and boys as young as seven jump from a 20-30 metre high, man-made tower with only a vine attached to their legs.

Travelling to view this magnificent ceremony is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a must-do for adventurous travellers.

Day tours to view the ritual are available through Adventure World's First Footprints product collection, or can be booked in Port Vila.

Island Escapes, a luxury small ship cruise company, also offers packages which cover Espiritu Santo and South Pentecost, and are perfect for travellers looking to uncover the beauty of these islands. …

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