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New tours announced for Vanuatu’s outer islands

July 16, 2014 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Malampa Travel have launched a collection of new tours for Vanuatu’s outer islands in the Malampa province, making islands such as Malekula and Ambrym more accessible than ever before.These outer islands offer visitors a vast combination of authentic things to see and do, from guided treks and active volcanoes through to rich cultural and relaxation experiences, making them a colourful and exciting option for visitors. Unfortunately however, these islands are often put in the too hard basket and left off the itinerary.

The new tours are designed to showcase the best of these wild and exotic islands, incorporating exciting soft adventure activities including trekking, canoeing and snorkelling, with sea and land transportation, and different budget levels of accommodation.

Vanuatu Tourism Office’s (VTO) general manager, Linda Kalpoi said the new tours are an initiative created to highlight the outer islands of Vanuatu, making the decision to include these islands in an itinerary a lot simpler.
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“These islands are stunning and offer visitors to Vanuatu another diverse insight into the local flora, fauna and culture,” Ms Kalpoi said.

“Communication was identified as one of the largest issues in the outer islands, so in conjunction with the Department of Tourism Malampa Office and the Malampa Travel Call Centre we can now offer quality, accredited tours, accommodation and packages to the world.”

Manager of the Malampa Office of the Department of Tourism, Edna Paolo said, “we work closely with the not-for-profit Malampa Travel Call Centre and local tourism providers to deliver accurate information to Vanuatu Tourism and assist in marketing these appealing travel options to suit all types of travellers.

“These tourism products are now easy to enquire about online at www.malampa.traveland then book directly,” she said.

“With the backing of The Malampa Office of the Department of Tourism, we are hoping to extend the offering even further in the near future and help strengthen the profile of these beautiful islands,” Ms Kalpoi said.

New activities include:

Maskelyne Islands four and seven day Outrigger Canoe and Snorkelling Adventures

Two new, all inclusive, outrigger canoe and snorkelling tours around the island of Malekula are now available for active travellers looking for a true Vanuatu adventure.

Air Vanuatu is offering a 20 per cent discount on return domestic air tickets purchased with a return international flight. Packages start at VT 31,500 (approx. AUD$365) for a four-day adventure and VT 83,250 (approx. AUD$950) for a seven-day package.

For bookings and additional information visit www.malekula.travel/maskelyne-islands-4-day-outrigger-canoe-adventure

The Big Nambas Trek

This rewarding one day trek explores the coastal jungle of North West Malekula crossing Big Nambas territories, taking in local culture and finishing at Tenmaru to watch the sun set on the black-sand beach.

Hovering on huge rocks over the ocean, the accommodation at Big Nambas Bungalow is an experience in itself. Tour entrance fee starts at VT 5,000 (approx. AUD$57) per person. For more information on the tour visit www.malekula.travel/big-nambas-trek.html.

Losinwei Cascades and Waterfall Walk

Trekkers who embark on this new five-hour return trek, will make their way along a river of smooth limestone to Losinwei Cascades are rewarded with three spa-like pools above the waterfall and an enchanting swim through a natural cave. This walk requires a good level of fitness.

Rate is VT 4,500 (approx. AUD$51) per person. Price includes the walk, entrance fee, a tour guide, lunch and refreshments. For more information visitwww.malekula.travel/losinwei-cascades-and-waterfall-walk.html.

Dam Nipiyakeh festival – newly opened to tourists

For the first time, tourists will have access to the traditional Vanuatu cultural celebration, the Dam Nipiyakeh Festival in Mun Village on the island of Malekula, on 16 and 17 September, 2014.

Spectators can take in sand-drawing and weaving demonstrations, visit an ancient village with an eerie cannibal history and witness traditional ceremonies.

Rates for the two-day festival start at VT 8,800 (approx. AUD$100) per person. Price includes a traditional breakfast and lunch. For additional information and bookings visit www.malekula.travel/dam-nipiyakeh-nalwan-festival.html.

For more information about these packages and other adventures in Vanuatu visitwww.malekula.travel.

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