Vila is the capital of Vanuatu, an archipelago of some 83 islands in the Coral Sea. Vanuatu is a new republic, having achieved independence from France and Britain in 1988. Before then the archipelago was better known as the New Hebrides, the name given the islands by Captain Cook. Cloaked in dense rainforest, these volcanic islands were little known until World War II, when the islands of Espiritu Santo and Efate served as Allied bases. Today increasing numbers of travelers visit Vila, drawn by its easy-going charm, superb white-sand beaches and pristine rainforest. The islands are also renowned for their excellent dive sites and for their big game fishing.
Vanuatu's visibility on the American scene increased when the CBS television series "Survivor" filmed in the archipelago. Vanuatu is also noted among anthropologist - its island of Tanna is home to the unique "John Frum" cargo cult.
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Glass Bottom Boat & Snorkel Safari
1.75 hours | Port Vila | VLI-675V L I - 6 7 5
Discover the underwater delights of Vila Harbor from two perspectives when you climb aboard a glass-bottom boat adventure that introduces you to the area's coral gardens and marine creatures. Then, a guided snorkeling expedition along the reef at Iririki Island affords truly up-close-and-personal sea life views.
Discover Vanuatu's cultural heritage when you explore one of its most popular attractions, Ekasup Village, a traditional Melanesian compound. Travel into the rainforest and meet the locals. Watch hunters demonstrate their skill, marvel at a dance performance and listen to tales of cannibalism.
Giddyup! Thrill to a horseback riding adventure at Club Hippique, a spectacular riding facility located on a 400-acre copra plantation. Set off on a magical ride through the rainforests. When you come to the turquoise lagoon both you and your mount can take a refreshing dip followed by refreshments!
Enjoy a taste of tranquillity as you encounter Vanuatu's majestic marine life on this one of a kind turtle sanctuary and snorkel experience. Sail by boat to the idyllic Tranquillity Island and get up close and personal with the island's Hawksbill turtles. Take a guided tour of the turtle sanctuary, before taking part in a short, guided nature walk across the island. Spend the afternoon at Jade Beach, where you can swim and snorkel from the shore, or hop on a tender to join in on a guided snorkel tour of the outer reef.