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7 Days Invigorating SUP Camp in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Tropical SUP Camp in Vanuatu

Instruction in English
Maximum 10 participants
All meals included
Airport transfer included

The islands of Vanuatu offer some of the best SUP travel destinations in the South Pacific. If you've been dreaming of a stand-up paddle boarding holiday that involves gin-clear waters, coral reefs, palm trees, and white sand beaches, the SUP Vanuatu is for you! Freshwater blue holes, jungle-clad volcanoes, and jelly-blue lagoons beckon exploration. Add friendly villagers, authentic culture, and a wide range of adventure activities, and you will have one of the most popular destinations on offer. So, pack your bag and join this soft adventure of SUP!

Highlights

  • Jungle river paddle
  • Unlimited stand-up paddle boarding
  • Lagoon horse ride, kayaking, or waterfall swim
  • Choice of visit to Aore Island, Tangoa Island, or Matantas
  • SUP and kayak rentals during the retreat
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • Local transport and boat transports
  • 6 nights’ accommodation

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10

Airport transfer included: Santo Pekoa International Airport

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Accommodation

You will be staying in a house. All rates are based on twin share accommodation.

Program

Each day will be filled with even greater wonder, but the pace and activities are yours to choose. Do as much or as little as you like. SUP Wilderness Adventures will take you to swim in waterfalls, blue holes, and across coral gardens. You can island hop by SUP or boat, paddle up pristine rivers, or simply opt for some hammock time to soak up the view, listen to the breeze rustling the palm fronds and the waves gently lapping the shore. It's your holiday so you choose. They will make it all happen.

While in Santo, you will be helping the villagers to build toilet facilities, tippy taps, and bush showers for the school children at De Quiros School in Matantas. You will also visit the island's horse rescue and rehabilitation facility, Santo Horse Adventures, where you will get to meet Megan, a spirited Kiwi who gave up the corporate life to save abused horses. If you like, you can even sponsor a horse so that it can live out its days in the shade of the palms next to a blue lagoon.

When you travel to Santo, it's like a homecoming. SUP Wilderness Adventures will introduce you to friends across the island, villagers who still live a subsistence lifestyle and expats who have opted out of the rat race and taken on a different life. This allows you to get a true sense of island living, but don't be surprised if you start to consider relocating after you've experienced paradise and seen how life should be enjoyed.

Note: Fitness levels are from low to moderate.

Included excursions

  • Blue hole visits
  • Choice of visit to Aore Island, Tangoa Island, or Matantas
  • Kayaking
  • Lagoon horse ride (maximum for the rider weight is 90 kilograms)
  • Market visit
  • Port Olry and / or Lannooc visit
  • School / kindy visit
  • Snorkelling
  • Village visits
  • Waterfall swim

Location

Vanuatu

Vanuatu is a scattering of 83 tropical islands amidst the blue waters of the South Pacific. Often referred to as the happiest place on earth, stand up paddle boarders, divers, and cavers will be left with serious face-ache after visiting Vanuatu's palm-fringed shores. Less than three hours flying from Australia, the tropical islands of Vanuatu offer a quick escape from the rat race. Although most tourists head straight to Port Vila, SUP Wilderness Adventures opt for the pristine beauty of Espiritu Santo, in the far north of the country.

Santo

Santo lies in the country’s far north and is the largest of all the isles. Despite the size, the densely forested island remains in a largely undeveloped and undiscovered state, a single sealed road providing access to the small eco-resorts that dot the eastern coast. Once a logistics base for the Allied Forces, Santo’s remote appeal lures intrepid travelers and it remains a place where pretty much anything’s possible if your adventurous streak is strong enough.

This is a place where Mother Nature shows off in all her pristine glory. Her volcanic heart beats beneath tangled jungle through which wild rivers run. A skirt of white and black sand runs along her girth and is surrounded by fringing coral in a bejeweled turquoise sea. Famed for the WWII dive sites of Million Dollar Point and President Coolidge, Santo is also home to the spectacular and much-photographed white sands of Champagne Beach. However, it’s the virgin rivers, freshwater blue holes, and vast coral gardens that hold the greatest appeal for stand up paddle boarders.

Santo has many distinct geological wonders that are each worth exploring in their own right, but as most visitors stay for just seven days, the following top picks include Matevulu blue hole, islands and reefs, as well as lagoons and coral bays.

Matevulu blue hole

There are two ways to approach this incredible blue hole. You can reach it by road, starting at the spring-fed blue hole, which is presided over by a massive banyan tree with a bamboo ladder and Tarzan rope, or from the Oyster Island landing and then paddle 45 minutes up the Mateva River through sunken forests and tranquil jungle.

Islands and reefs

All along Santo’s east coast are stunning islands and coral reefs. Most easily accessible are Aore, Aise, Turtle, as well as Dolphin and Oyster islands. Each is different and each is simply stunning and well worth a paddle.

Lagoons and coral bays

The northern east coast beaches of Port Olry, Lannoc, and Champagne are picture postcard perfection. Think white sand, palm trees, thatched huts, aqua waters and WWII relics just lying around. Stay a night or more and sleep in a thatched bungalow on the beachfront or in a gnarly old cyclone tree. Bring your own hammock.

Food

You will enjoy six breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners, and a welcome drink. This SUP camp does not include food and beverages that are not stated.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Beachcombing
  • Island hopping
  • Scuba diving
  • Stargazing
  • Taking photography
  • Wildlife spotting

What's included

  • Unlimited stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling
  • SUP and sip at sunset
  • Jungle river paddle
  • Kayaking
  • Lagoon horse ride (maximum rider weight is 90 kilograms)
  • Choice of visit to Aore Island, Tangoa Island, or Matantas
  • Blue hole visits
  • Waterfall swim
  • Port Olry and / or Lannooc visit
  • Market and village visits
  • School / kindy visit
  • SUP and kayak rental
  • Group leader
  • Kastom owner fees and local taxes
  • SUP Wilderness Adventures cap and T-shirt
  • Local transport and boat transport
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, and 1 welcome drink

What's not included

  • Beachcombing
  • Island hopping
  • Scuba diving
  • Stargazing
  • Taking photography
  • Wildlife spotting
  • GST
  • Flights
  • Tips / gratuities
  • Visas (usually granted free on arrival)
  • Excess baggage (such as transport of SUP to / from Vanuatu)
  • Travel medicine and insurance
  • Food and beverages that are not stated

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Santo-Pekoa International Airport (SON). Transfer from and to the airport is included. SUP Wilderness Adventures will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Santo Pekoa International Airport Airport transfer included: Santo Pekoa International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Tuesday October 23, 2018
Departure: Monday October 29, 2018

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