The weather in Vanuatu is of course tropical, however, whether it be summer or winter, it consistently has warm conditions. The summer temperature between November and March averages roughly 28 degrees Celsius (82.F), while winter brings an average of 23 degrees Celsius (73.4F).
The most appropriate time of year for superyacht charters is between May and October, with the average sea temperature being a divine 27 degrees (80.6F) – perfect for every kind of water activity and island hopping.
Due to a long history of inter-island and inter village trading, many ni-Vanutau speak numerous languages. However, over 113 distinct languages and many more dialects are found throughout the group. When Europeans arrived, a lingua franca evolved. Its name, Bislama, derived from the Beche-de-mer (sea cucumber) traders who developed a form of Pidgin English throughout the Pacific. It began as a simplified form of phonetic English, with Spanish and French colloquialisms added for good measure.
Wanem/Wanem Ia? = What/What Is That? || Tankiu Tumas = Thank You Very Much || Mi Glad Tumas = I Am Very Happy || Lukim Yu = See You Later
Port Vila & Havannah Harbour
Port Vila is Vanuatu's harbourside capital and main hub on Efate island. Home to Vila Bay, a series of lagoons, untouched beaches, underwater canyons and offshore islands, Port Vila is energetic and liberating. The perfect arrival into your holidays.
Once onboard, you will set sail away for a 3 hour cruise to Havannah harbour, a place of stunning beauty, tropical produce and wonderful fresh seafood - named after the British ship HMS Havannah that twice anchored there in 1849-50. This harbour was indeed a focal point during World War II, with many troops stationed there, including posts on nearby Moso Island. Today, small tokens of the soldiers' presence can still be discovered on Moso.
It is in this perfect natural harbour that you will spend your first night onboard, and be properly greeted to the island taste during your first delicious sunset dinner, carefully curated by the chef.
Lelepa and Moso Islands
Lelepa Island, also known as paradise and the jewel of Vanuatu, is the perfect island to kick-start true adventure. Whether it be on land or in the water, Lelepa offers magical walks through tropical rain forest, snorkelling in coral gardens and visits to caves that incorporate ancient drawings from thousands of years ago. The population of Lelepa is about 500 people. The largest town on the island Natapao perches on the southern edge of the isle. At the northern end of the island lies the village Lelo. On the island, there is a school, a kindergarten and two churches.
The caves on Lelepa Island were formerly used by the US soldiers during the war days in the 1940s, followed by the famous survivor TV series team in 2004 and the Australian Celebrity Survivors in 2006.
Directly next door to Lelepa is Moso Island: surrounded by turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and an abundance of marine life. This pristine island allows guests to get in touch with nature or to purely reconnect with your mind whilst relaxing from everyday life at home. There are no roads or cars on Moso Island. There are approximately 300 ni-Vanuatu inhabitants on Moso, the majority in Tassirki village. Fishing, subsistence agriculture and tourism make up the economy of Moso. People most frequently fish from the traditional outrigger canoes both during the day and night.
Pele, Nguna Island
Wake up in the surreal surrounds of Nguna Island. Home to only 13 villages and no cars, it’s here you can discover the top of the majestic Mt Marrow’s volcanic crater. The route takes you through local fruit and vegetable gardens, coconut palms and bamboo groves. There are many options to keep busy or to simply laze around.
The beach is long and beautiful and the marine sanctuary welcomes swimmers, and snorkelers. The island is part of the MPA Nguna-Pele Marine Protected Area and is a popular diving location bountiful in marine life. If you’re lucky enough, you might come face to face with the resident dugongs that vacuum the seabed for food. The remoteness of the island creates an incredible feel that will leave you wanting to explore more!
The Maskelynes are a group of small islands with extensive reefs and mangroves off southeast Malekula. Coral reef conservation areas offer good, easy snorkelling for the whole family.
After an early morning swim and breakfast, you will sail 6 hours north to the south of Malekula Island where the Captain will drop anchor. This is a must see destination as it’s famous for the true unspoilt, natural and cultural beauty. Spend your day on the water riding jet-skis or exploring on a stand-up paddle board. In the afternoon, you can go ashore Avok island to experience the Nambas dance ceremony ashore, and maybe visit the Giant Clams sanctuary built by a grandfather and his son to protect the incredible variety of the animal here.
Vanuatu culture and history is strongly expressed in art, body decorations, masks and carvings and all play an important role in celebrations. Ancient myths and legends are also responsible for helping to keep the Vanuatu culture and history alive. A stout belief in the influence of spirits on the natural environment is also a key part of the Vanuatu culture and history, and depicted as part of the dance ceremonies you will partake in.
You will then spend your overnight anchorage at Avok Island.
North Ambyrm Island
On your way to North Ambyrm Island you will get a visible look at the active volcanos, Mt Benbow and Mt Marum, and anchor at the end of an old lava flow. Although you will not find flowing molten lava here, you are certainly free to roam the black sands. The ash plains that lie between Maroum and Benbow are stunning in their own right, but can only be crossed with a guide. Black ash, tinted orange with sulphur from the volcanoes, they become on an eerie sight when wisps of smoke and cloud float through. On land, Ambrym is particularly known for traditional custom beliefs that are highly evident and remain very strong, which is a sight to see in itself.
Each village is decorated in sculpted tam-tams made from tree trunks and is used in the sacred ceremonial rituals, such as the sacred Rom Dance. Ambrym’s signatory custom dance, it represents spirits believed to be of the forefathers of the island. The traditional costume consists of a tall, brightly painted conical mask and a cloak of dry banana leaves. Ambrym islanders are also said to be skilled in custom magic and sorcery.
You can be assured your visit will be a truly "magical" experience.
DAY SIX & SEVEN
As you wake to natures noises and calming ocean, you will find yourself in the quiet, vacant and unassuming island of Espiritu Santo – the largest in Vanuatu and a true underwater fantasyland.
Home to many historic wrecks including SS President Coolidge and an array of marine life, the island boasts delightful swimming holes that are connected by underwater caverns. The bespoke location gains its popularity from its large attractions that include Millennium Cave, WWII memorabilia, the east coast and inviting blue holes.
If you scuba dive, you can’t miss the SS President Coolidge, one of the world’s most accessible wrecks. Days can be spent lazing on deserted white sand beaches or kayaking in the crystal blue water. This island is a little-known paradise waiting to be discovered by you.