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No boring meet and greet or farewell with Vanuatu’s Gahena’s Travel & Tours, Vanuatu

October 14, 2014 Global Travel Media TV, Headline News No Comments Email Email

EGT mediaTVI am sure that we have all been met at airports all over the world by varying types and standards of meet and greets, sometimes luxury limousines, sometimes basic taxis that you wonder whether they will make it, or even once for me, the back of a pick up!

In Vanuatu, Gahena’s Travel & Tours, now offers a new, I would say unique and very exciting meet and greet, and farewell, that immediately refreshes and inspires you, while immersing you into what Vanuatu is all about.


100% owned by its founder’s family, Vincent Mark, Gareth Mark & Noel Sweni, all indigenous Ni-Vans, their business is mainly outbound tourism, but they say that they saw the opportunity to create some unique and diverse products to cater for inbound visitors, which led to them launching their Port Vila Cultural Tours and their Meet, Greet & Farewell Service and the creation of The Freedom Tours.

The say that they offer tours and services that are designed like no other, based on their belief that there is so much about Vanuatu that no one is showcasing to visitors.

They also say that their cultural tours go to locations used by the indigenous Ni-Vanuatu, to keep their traditional sense of community and based on cultural values while far from their original home islands.

They say that they live in the 21st century but they and their people still maintain their traditions although there is so much changing in their societies today.

As a result they want visitors to Vanuatu to discover and experience the real culture of Vanuatu and how and why the Ni-Vanuatu still maintain their traditional ways from planting food to their ceremonies and traditional learning methods including the art of sand drawing.

This privileged insight into their lives kicks off with Gahena’s Travel & Tours meet and greet and farewell, when visitors are taken to a traditional Pentecost Nakamal – the Bislama word for a traditional meeting place, located near the airport, where young men from Pentecost live when they go to the main island of Efate to look for work, providing visitors with an opportunity to participate in the important traditions of present day Ni-Vanuatu lives and assist them in the sustainability of their traditions for the sake of future generations.

In additional, all their other diverse tours are owned by indigenous people including Lonvis Land Diving Tour – located on the island of Pentecost and The Freedom Tours, Port Vila & Santo, with Freedom Tours featuring the story of “How Vanuatu won its Liberation” – Vanuatu’s struggle for Independence, and Vanuatu Event Tours comprising of some of the local public holidays including Lini Day, Chief’s Day, National Women’s Day, Vanuatu Independence Day, Constitution Day & Unity Day.

Don’t take my word for it though and to hear what Gahenas Tours’ Serah Tari had to tell me and to experience their unique meet and greet programme and also their tour programmes, all you have to do is click on the video box below: –

Look out for the questions in our “Win a trip for two to Vanuatu with Air Vanuatu, Vanuatu Tourism” and our top Vanuatu tourism partners!

A report by John Alwyn Jones – Global Travel Media and Global Travel Media TV reporting on location from Tok Tok 2014 and Vanuatu, brought to you by Air Vanuatu and Vanuatu Tourism.

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