Blue Cave Tour.
A unique aquatic experience that provides surreal highlights.
Travel Along Tanna island's Northeastern Coast.
Participants are transferred to boat near to the airport and transported along the coast to the islands northern tip where the Blue cave is located. The rugged shoreline incorporates large coral outcroppings that are interspersed with small localised beaches, and a coastal terrain backdrop that rises sharply, covered in thick tropical bush. Except for an occasional village on isolated beaches that are constructed in traditional Tannese fashion, the area typifies that encountered on more remote Melanesian islands.
At the Blue Cave
The Blue Cave is located at a prominent promontory at the Tanna's northern tip and a significant Northern village occurs on the plateau some distance back from it. On a fine day, the water leading to the Blue Cave itself takes on a vivid, rich hue that announces the presence of the natural formation.
Entrance to the cave is through an opening to the sea which is subject to tidal levels, and the opening may be completely below the prevailing sea level or at a level where visitors can comfortably paddle through. Cave guides, provided by the kastom owners are present to help visitors through.
Inside the cave, the mood mirrors that of the day outside, determined by sunlight pouring through the oculus-like skylight the arched roof structure. On bright sunny days where the sun is high in the sky, strong shafts of sunlight can be witnessed, providing a cathedral-like appearance that is accompanied by a reflection of the sky in the still water of the cave. The effect is varied and also depends on the season and tides, ensuring that each visit is different from the last. On overcast days the mood of the cave is more sombre, but can produce a more surreal atmosphere.
Snorkelling on Coral Reefs on the Return Trip
While visitors do not generally come to Tanna for watersports, there are some excellent coral reefs near to the pickup/return points, and depending on weather, tides and time, there may be an opportunity have a brief snorkel amongst the tropical waters before returning.
Blue Cave Tour Information.
Whitegrass Zone • Pick-up + Drop-off
|Price Details||Min 2 Adults||Children|
|AUD 232||AUD 93|
|AUD 58||AUD 23|
Middlebush Zone • Pick-up + Drop-off
|Price Details||Min 2 Adults||Children|
|AUD 242||AUD 93|
|AUD 61||AUD 23|
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See & Do Trips provide completely costed itineraries, which will take much of the planning worry out of your time on Tanna. Overall, they may also be a more economical proposition.
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The duration of the tour takes approximately 3-4 hours, depending on weather, and conditions at the Blue Hole itself.
Morning or Afternoon Tours are available.
The Blue Cave Tour can either be commenced first thing in the morning (pick-up at 8.30 am Whitegrass Zone, and 8.00 am Middlebush Zone, carrying through until mid-day, or afternoon (pickup at 11.30 am Whitegrass Zone, and 11.00 am Middlebush Zone) and continuing over the course of the afternoon.
Pickup and Dropoff from Accommodation.
Costs includes pick-up and drop-off from accommodation within Whitegrass or Middlebush Zones . For pickup and drop-off from Lenakel Zone a small surcharge applies to cover the extra distance (Please email us if applicable).
Fitness and Health Levels.
The tour is designed for people in relatively good health and moderate fitness, who are able to swim .
The Tour includes transport to and from accommodation (noting a surcharge from Zone B- Lenakel zone). Transport to the Blue Cave itself, and entrance fees.
What to Bring.
Firstly, as always, water should be taken. Boiled spring-water is available at Rachels restaurant (but not flasks). As always, participants should dress to suit the weather. It is recommended that sunscreen is taken along with a cap or hat when walking along the beach. Participants should also bring some warm clothes to keep warm after visiting the cave along with a suitably robust backpack to store all personal belongings.
A suitable camera to take pictures of the journey to, and being inside the cave is worthwhile, although they should be waterproof to at least 5-10 metres. Taking mobile phones or standard cameras is not generally recommended and participants do so at their own risk.
The Blue Cave Tour requires a minimum number of two(2) people for it to proceed.
Single travellers are able to be a part of tours that are proceeding, or where more than one single shows interest for a specific date, then we are able to make up minimum numbers accordingly. Single travellers should contact us directly through our inquiry form to organise.
Booking Cut-Off Period.
Online bookings are accepted up to 36 hours prior to the scheduled tour date under consideration. For example, a cut-off of online bookings occurs at midnight on Wednesday night for a tour commencing at lunchtime on the following Friday.
Where bookings are wanted to be made closer than 36 hours to the scheduled tour, these should be requested through our inquiry form. Such late bookings may or may not be possible and are dependent on communications on the island amongst other factors.
Unavailable Tour Dates.
The Blue Cave Tour is unavailable on Saturdays due to the Kastom owners of the cave belonging to the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Bookings : Deposits and Final Payments.
All bookings can be confirmed with the payment of a booking Deposit or alternatively bookings can be paid in Full. Payments can be made by Bank Transfer (cleared funds) or Credit Card.
On payment of a deposit customers receive a booking acknowledgement, including a booking statement of all payments made and due. The remaining Final Payment shall be received no later than fourteen(14) days prior to the day of the booking. Once the Final Payment is received, customers are sent their Formal Documents in respect to their bookings
Alternatively, customers can choose to make Full Payment at the time of booking, and will be issued their Formal Documents immediately.
Prices are Contingent on Entrance Fees at 1st April.
Our Prices are made up from a number of items, attraction entrance fees included.
In recent years, the Mt Yasur Volcano administration has taken to increase entrance fees at extremely short notice, effective at 1st April year to year. Other Kastom owned attractions have subsequently followed suit, including the Blue Cave, and its associated boat trip. Consequently, our costs are "Contingent", and any differential in entrance fees + boat trip, either side of 1st April are payable as an extra to the booking.
Increases due to "Contingent" entrance fees affect very few people, and are only relevant to bookings that are made prior to 1st April for a scheduled date occurring after 1st April. The majority of bookings are made after 1st April and are not affected in any way.
Full Terms and Conditions of Making a Booking.
Full Terms and Conditions regarding making a booking with Vanuatu Traveller are available here and all customers should take the time read and be comfortable with them. Should you have any questions please contact us via the contact form.
BOOK : Blue Cave Tour.
The Mt Yasur Blue-Cave Trip bestows visitors with the broadest travel experience with Mt Yasur Volcano and the aquatic Blue Cave being highlights. The trip is rounded out with a variety of cultural experiences and Tannese slices of life. Over three days travellers obtain an unique understanding of what makes Tanna Island so special. Features include:
For travellers wanting to experience Tanna Island with a slightly higher level of soft adventure the Yasur Big-Day Blue-Cave is ideal. Over three days, visitors experience the fusion of Mt Yasur, the Coastal Fringe to the Blue Cave, along with a walk through the Central Region’s tropical bush down to Louniel Beach, investigating Lenuingao Waterfall along the way. Features include: