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Port Vila: Pepeyo, Blue Lagoon & Eden Tour

1. Port Vila: Pepeyo, Blue Lagoon & Eden Tour

Your island adventure begins with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity visiting Pepeyo Cultural & Educational Village. This village experience begins with a bus trip from all hotels OR cruise ship port. A short drive 12km away from Port Vila Township lies this perfect setting nestled in the heart of the woods of Teouma. Visitors will be greeted by the chief and his warriors with clubs, spears, bows and arrows. Hear tales of cannibalism in the not-so-distant past and learn about the primitive but effective spears and other methods used to trap wildlife like pigs, chicken, and fish. See how locals test if a fish is poisonous: if ants avoid the fish, it's poisonous, but if they eat, the people do too. Next, is at the stunning blue lagoon. Upon arrival, be amazed by the stunningly clear waters and the jaw-dropping beauty of this untouched island paradise. Finally, our final stop is at Eden on the River where breathtaking views and an imposing mini waterfall await you . After your swim, enjoy a very generous BBQ lunch serving up tender and juicy Vanuatu steaks, chicken, sausages, salad and rice. At the end of the tour, enjoy drop-off back to your pickup destination, for cruise ship guests we will drop off back at the port. *Please note that lunch at the Blue Lagoon is only applicable on cruise ship days. For our hotel guest (on non cruise ship days) lunch will be usually served at Eden on the River.

Vanuatu: Blue Lagoon, Eden, and Buggy Adventure

2. Vanuatu: Blue Lagoon, Eden, and Buggy Adventure

This tour consists of three amazing stops. The first two, Blue Lagoon and Eden on the River, are covered only by our tour bus, while the last includes a 1-hour guided buggy ride. Get picked up from select hotels in Vanuatu and head toward the Blue Lagoon. Spend one hour swimming in the beautiful water and taking in views of the lush nature surrounding the lagoon.  The next stop is at Eden on the River. Spending one hour at Eden on the River, be amazed by one of the best cascades Port Vila has to offer. Breathtaking views and a magnificent waterfall await you. Eden is a hidden gem and you will get to enjoy the breathtaking scenery as well as the opportunity to swim. Finally, get to drive the buggies for 1 hour on a set course that will take you on road, off road, and through a private beach with an opportunity to swim as well.

Bridges of Eden: 2-Hour Rainforest Walk, Swim, & Zip Line

3. Bridges of Eden: 2-Hour Rainforest Walk, Swim, & Zip Line

Combine zip lining, swimming, and forest walking on this 2-hour guided nature adventure at Bridges of Eden, a tropical garden paradise just 20 minutes from town.   Admire the flora and fauna of the riparian rainforest and take on the various suspended bridges – each one trickier than the next. Zoom down on a mini zip line and learn about your surroundings, all with the help of an experienced guide and with strict safety standards.  After the tour, cool off in the river and wander the gardens at your leisure. For the little ones, there's a playground and farm park on site. Enjoy tropical fruits and drinks during the tour, or purchase a tasty snack afterwards at the onsite café.

Mele Bay, Port Vila: Vanuatu Jungle Zipline

4. Mele Bay, Port Vila: Vanuatu Jungle Zipline

Start the tour with a free transfer from either of the 2 locations in Port Vila with transfers departing daily at 9 AM and 1 PM. Enjoy a 25-minute scenic drive in a 4WD Toyota Landcruiser up to the summit of Mele Bay. Marvel at breathtaking views right down to the harbor.  Arrive at the reception center to harness up and receive your safety briefing. When you're all set, embark on a 1.15-hour ziplining adventure as you zip from platform to platform. Glide high over the famous canyon and back with numerous incredible photo opportunities. Finally, return back to the reception center to retrieve your belongings from of the lockers, de-harness and get driven back to the starting point. Those who prefer not to zipline are able to pay for a Skybridge ticket and walk along the Skybridge to take photos of those zip lining underneath the Skybridge.

Efate Round Island Tour

5. Efate Round Island Tour

With just one day in port in Port Vila, this full-day shore excursion ensures you take in all the highlights of Efate Island. Learn about Pacific Island life with a tour of the Pepeyo Cultural Village, then dive in to swim in the Blue Lagoon, visit Survivor Beach, and enjoy a traditional Kava tasting.

Efate: Full-Day Tour

6. Efate: Full-Day Tour

The first stop on your tour is Iarofa Village where you'll experience traditional local practices and skills including dancing and an amazing fire-walking display. Then discover the Blue Lagoon, a wonderful quirk of nature. The water is slightly salty and so blue from the mixing of the limestone fresh-water springs and the tidal sea water. Try the rope swings into the water. After the lagoon, visit Eton Village and Eton Primary School. Chat with the teachers and meet the pikininis (the students) or tour the school and gain an insight into how our children receive their learning. The students may perform a song for the guests or invite you to join them in a game of soccer or volleyball. Then stop by Pangpang to see the ancient banyan trees, before heading to a beach-side restaurant where you can enjoy a buffet lunch to live local string band music  After lunch, learn a little about the World War II history of Efate with Ernest. You'll hear his story and see his collection of unique World War II relics. Finally, visit Vanuatu's "Survivor Beach" at Gideon's Landing, which was the location for Season 9 of the hit American TV series, and enjoy afternoon tea (or coffee). If time permits, it may be possible to enjoy some snorkeling or swimming near the end of the tour.

Port Vila: Small Group Half-Day River Kayaking Tour

7. Port Vila: Small Group Half-Day River Kayaking Tour

Experience the serenity of kayaking down a gently flowing freshwater river, surrounded by lush tropical forest. Enjoy a cool dip, and have fun swinging on a tarzan rope. Discover the Rantepao River on Efate's East Coast as you paddle gently, accompanied by your experienced guide. Following pickup from your accommodation in Port Vila, relax on a 20-minute scenic drive to your start point. Follow your guide as you spend up to 2 peaceful hours seeing the rainforest of Vanuatu, passing by abundant wildlife and traditional villages. Paddle in a single or double kayak (with a guide if you prefer), with no strong currents on this stretch of river. Relax with a fresh fruit platter on the water's edge during your trip.

Port Vila: Jungle Walk and Suspension Skybridge

8. Port Vila: Jungle Walk and Suspension Skybridge

Explore the rainforest paths, visit our goats, take photos on the scenic Skybridge 65 metres high with sweeping 360 degree views, and have a refreshment at our covered tables while admiring the view. If those in your party require more adrenaline then the option to upgrade your ticket to Zipline or to try our Bungy or Giant Swing (opening August 2023) will ensure everyone has a great time. Watch and take photos of the Zipliners as they fly under the Skybridge or those dare devils jumping into the canyon off the Giant Swing! There are lovely cool rainforest pathways to explore and beautiful vistas galore.

Efate: Eden on the River Day Package

9. Efate: Eden on the River Day Package

Enjoy our lunch-inclusive package at Eden on the River, Efaté's best nature attraction. Experience 2 guided tours plus swimming in the Rentapau River and mini-golf! Allow three to four hours (plus travel time) for this fun-filled adventure. Design your visit to Eden on the River with the various offers in the lunch-inclusive package. Choose any two of our guided tours. These tours are: our hero tour, the Bridges of Eden and our brand-new tours: Kava Plantation Tour, Yoku Farm Tour and Eden Cooking Tour. > The Bridges of Eden tour will take you through acres of tropical gardens and rainforest. Follow your guide and learn about the flora and culture from your tour guide. > Eden's Kava tour will have you learning all about kava, a traditional drink that plays an important role in Vanuatu Kastom and daily life. You get to know some of the history of the root and the different ways it's prepared. You also be able to taste a freshly prepared kava! > Yoku Farm Tour will show you what farming is like on our tiny little island. Gain insight into farming in Vanuatu on this small yet commercial farm. Gumboots are provided. > Eden's Cooking Tour will introduce you to traditional "slow" food in our interactive and informative experience, it also includes a tour of our kitchen garden. You will get to make and taste your own simboro, a favourite local dish. > Try to hit a hole-in-one on our tropical mini-golf course with 18 holes. Be challenged by the course's obstacles and try not to be distracted by the lush gardens. > Be served a BBQ buffet lunch accompanied by salads and tropical fruit and your choice of beverage. > Finishing the day with floating in the crystal clear waters of the Rentapau River.

Port Vila: Adventure Quad Tour in the Jungle

10. Port Vila: Adventure Quad Tour in the Jungle

Adventure Quads A pure driving adventure tour that takes you off road and mud tracks (when raining) and unspoiled scenic jungle to the highest point West of Port Vila. Enjoy a stop at Grand Cascade lookout. Ride on through terrain only accessible by high performance quads, driving through crazy tracks under lush jungle canopy then stopping off at the breathtaking Grand Cascade to wash off the mud (if raining)… The wetter the better!

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4.5 / 5

based on 71 reviews

This was such a wonderful day. We started at the blue lagoon - utterly breathtaking! Then we went to have a BBQ lunch (yum) and swim with the turtles. This part was incredible. We then went to the cascades while it lightly rained, and this was so refreshing. I could swim there all day. An unforgettable day out!

very Professional, on time and room is some fantastic places. We told Will our driver that we had a keen interest in WWII so he stopped off on some extra special places and had so much knowledge. Really enjoyed the day. The cultural tour in the village was a real highlight too.

This was such a great adventure. The terrain was rough, but I enjoyed every second. The top of the mountain was the reward - and what a reward it was! The lunch was delicious and the swim at Bele was divine. 10/10 activity

A perfect, picturesque day even with pouring rain. Guides were friendly and knowledgeable with excellent English while providing an authentic experience. Transportation and food were great.

Thanks George and Ronnie! It was such a fun activity!