First (Lenuanatuaiu) Waterfall Walk.

Cathedral-like Cavern
Venturesome Activity
Panoramic Sights
Northern Tanna Revealed

First (Lenuanatuaiu) Waterfall Walk.

A unique aquatic experience that provides surreal highlights.


Tour Features.


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 Hole

The Blue Hole 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 Hole 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.

Explore

Traverse northern coast, and check out limestone cavern.

Culture

Tour centres on island physical attributes.

Vista

Coastal panorama along with cathedral-like views.

Timeframe

Morning or afternnon tours.

First (Lenuanatuaiu) Waterfall Walk. Information.


Price Details2+ AdultsWith Children
Full Price
per pax
AUD 190AUD 290
Deposit
per pax
AUD 45AUD 45
Final Payment
per pax
AUD 120AUD 120
Travellers
18+ years
min 1 paxNil
Travellers
13+ years
AllNil
Travellers
5-12 years
Nil1-3
Tour Details.

Approximate Timeframe.

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 (pickup at 8.30 am Zone A, and 8.00 am Zone B, carrying through until mid-day, or afternoon (pickup at 11.30 am Zone A, and 11.00 am Zone B) and continuing over the course of the afternoon.


Pickup and Dropoff from Accommodation.

Costs includes pickup and drop-off from accommodation on the Whitegrass coast near to the airport - Zone A (Airport zone). For pickup and drop-off from accommodation near Lenakel -Zone B <lenakel zone) a small surcharge applies to cover the extra distance.


Fitness and Health Levels.

The tour is designed for people in relatively good health and moderate fitness, who are able to swim .


Inclusions.

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.

Morning Tour.
Afternoon Tour.
Restrictions.

Minimum Numbers.

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.

Booking Payments.

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.


Stay and Do Trips that include the First (Lenuanatuaiu) Waterfall Walk..


Mt Yasur Big Day Out
Tanna Island
$190
All Day Tanna Experience

Mt Yasur Big Day Out

My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..

Mt Yasur Big Day Out
Tanna Island
$190
All Day Tanna Experience

Mt Yasur Big Day Out

My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..

Mt Yasur Big Day Out
Tanna Island
$190
All Day Tanna Experience

Mt Yasur Big Day Out

My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..

Yakel Kastom Village + Blackmantown

Blackmantown Experience
Observe "Living" Kastom
A Community Under the Mountains
Investigate the Western Coastline

Yakel Kastom Village + Blackmantown.

Observe the contrast between the Kastom of the past, with the bustle of today's marketplace.


Tour Features.


Coming into Blackmantown.

Travelling along a coastal track, visitors explore the western coastline at the end of the Whitegrass plains, where small communities are interspersed with a number of churches, coconut palms and tropical bush. Wide beaches have collections of outrigger canoes, used primarily by local Tannese for fishing, pulled up to the beach fringes. Children are often seen playing in the waves at various spots, always with a smile and a cheeky wave.

Heading into Blackmantown, the central market is popular amongst local Ni-Vanuatu and also serves as a community hub where people get together to socialise, hear what is happening on the island and organise transport back to their villages. The marketplace has a vast array of both traditional staples such as yam, taro, banana, “kumula” and bush greens, along with introduced fruit and vegetables with citrus being prominent. Further interest is created with the market being situated on the coast near to the breakwater where the various cargo ferries offload goods that are sold in the local stores.


What's in a Name : Blackmantown

Unusual for the islands is the nature of the surrounding area of grocery, butchery and hardware stores, all owned and run by local Tannese. The hum of the commercial area has an atmosphere that is uniquely Ni-Vanuatu, with no Chinese or “outsider” stores present. In fact, the island itself is relatively devoid of anyone outside of the island itself, with outsiders consisting mainly of a very small number of Australian, New Zealand, and French missionaries and accommodation management. While Tannese are affable, hospitable and very interested in the outside world, they are also proud of their island with the name “Blackmantown” being coined by the Tannese themselves.


Yakel Kastom Village.

While there is a small number of “kastom” villages, the original and foremost is located at Yakel located in the lower slopes surrounding the earlier volcanic mountains to the south-east of the island. Kastom villages that are open for tourism provide a glimpse of how Melanesian life was lived not so long ago, and much of the customs and traditions on display are still retained in varying degrees by most villages on Tanna today. The setting and slices of life presented at Yakel remain true and authentically represent these parts of kastom that are valued by Tannese. It is of note, however, that western influence has permeated most regions of the island in some form or another and most villages now live their lives in a duality of “worlds”. Almost all villagers own mobile phones and wear western clothes, and so today, traditional outfits seen in Kastom villages are normally reserved for ceremonies and more formal occasions.


The Importance of Yakel.

The trip to Yakel takes approximately 20 minutes from Blackmantown, and the village itself is centred on a large flat formal meeting area or Nakamal. Yakel has come to the attention of the media back in time as the area surrounding it is the home of the Prince Philip Cargo Cult which still has a small following. It is also the location of the four Tannese travellers that were the centre of the UK television series “Meet the Natives”, centred around the Melanesian tribesmen’s thoughts regarding the modernity that they were exposed to while visiting various families in England, especially how modern UK life contrasted with their own customs and culture. More recently, the village was the setting for the widely acclaimed independent movie “Tanna” which delved into the generational conflict that occurs within communities that observe strict kastom rules.


Contrasts of Island Life.

The tour provides visitors with insights into the contrasts in the way Tannese live, from the distinctly traditional displays found in Kastom villages, through to the more modern remote island adaption to outside influences.

Explore

Invesigate coastal, urban, and rural island spaces.

Culture

Take in culturally contrasted Tannese life.

Vista

A range of panoramic, community, and rural scenes.

Timeframe

Morning or afternnon tours.

Yakel Kastom Village + Blackmantown Tour Information.


Price Details2+ AdultsWith Children
Full Price
per pax
AUD 190AUD 290
Deposit
per pax
AUD 45AUD 45
Final Payment
per pax
AUD 120AUD 120
Travellers
18+ years
min 1 paxNil
Travellers
13+ years
AllNil
Travellers
5-12 years
Nil1-3
Tour Details.

Approximate Timeframe.

The duration of the tour takes approximately 3-4 hours, depending on weather, and road conditions.


Morning or Afternoon Tours are available.

The Yakel Kastom village + Blackmantown Tour can either be commenced first thing in the morning (pickup at 8.30 am Zone A, carrying through until after mid-day, or afternoon (pickup at 11.30 am Zone A) and continuing over the course of the afternoon.


Pickup and Dropoff from Accommodation.

Costs includes pickup and drop-off from accommodation on the Whitegrass coast near to the airport - Zone A (Airport zone)or from accommodation near Lenakel -Zone B <lenakel zone).


Fitness and Health Levels.

The tour is designed for most people.


Inclusions.

The Tour includes transport to and from accommodation. Transport to Blackmantown and Yakel Kastom Village, along with entrance fees.


What to Bring.

Firstly, as always, water should be taken. 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.

A suitable camera or mobile phone to take pictures of the journey.

Morning Tour.
Afternoon Tour.
Restrictions.

Minimum Numbers.

The Yakel Kastom Village + Blackmantown 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.


Best Tour Days.

Generally the biggest market days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,and these are the best days to see the markets, however smaller markets have commenced on tuesdays and thursdays.

Booking Payments.

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.


Stay and Do Trips that include the Yakel Kastom Village + Blackmantown.


Mt Yasur Big Day Out
Tanna Island
$190
All Day Tanna Experience

Mt Yasur Big Day Out

My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..

Mt Yasur Big Day Out
Tanna Island
$190
All Day Tanna Experience

Mt Yasur Big Day Out

My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..

Mt Yasur Big Day Out
Tanna Island
$190
All Day Tanna Experience

Mt Yasur Big Day Out

My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..

Classic Mt Yasur Tour

Tanna Island Views
Traverse the Ash Plain
Being at the Volcano Rim
An Evening Spectacle

Classic Mt Yasur Tour - Early afternoon to evening tour.

The definitive tour for those with limited time, and a burning desire to see Mt Yasur.


Tour Features.


Views of Tanna Island Landscapes.

A 4WD journey from the Whitegrass coast to Mt Yasur takes between one and a half to two hours over unsealed roads through the central Tanna highlands. Various stops are made to view spectacular outlooks of both Yasur Volcano and the eastern Tanna coastline. Getting to the mountain is an experience in itself offering plenty of insights surrounding life on the Island.


Mt Yasur Volcanic Ash Plain.

The Ash plain, once a lake at the base of the mountain, provides a surreal spectacle for visitors as the vehicles pass around the base of the mountain to the passage up the mountain.


At the Rim of Mt Yasur.

At the mountain , participants climb a set of steps to sweeping views over the full summit. Depending on the vigour and ferocity of the activity, good views are obtained of flying lava, debris and venting fumes, along with its matching booming sounds.

Explore

Explore the Volcanic Rim and surroundings with the Mountain Guides.

Culture

The Primary Focus is Mt Yasur Volcano.

Vista

A surreal display of sight and sound.

Timeframe

An afternoon and evening experience.

Classic Mt Yasur Tour Information.


Price Details2+ AdultsWith Children
Full Price
per pax
AUD 190AUD 290
Deposit
per pax
AUD 45AUD 45
Final Payment
per pax
AUD 120AUD 120
Travellers
18+ years
min 1 paxNil
Travellers
13+ years
AllNil
Travellers
5-12 years
Nil1-3
Tour Details.

Approximate Timeframe.

Pickup generally occurs between 2.00-2.30 pm, with the duration of the tour being approximately 6 hours. The travel time to the mountain is generally 1.5 -2.00 hours each way. Time at the mountain does vary at the discretion of the Mountain Guides, the government appointed administrators of Mt Yasur who will also provide an initial presentation.


Pickup and Dropoff.

Costs includes pickup and dropoff from accommodation on the whitegrass coast either close to the airport (Zone A), or near to Lenakel (Zone B), or alternatively for guests staying at Tanna-Adventures accommodation in Middlebush, Central Highlands. A surcharge applies for pickups/dropoffs at other locations due to the high cost to run vehicles.


Inclusions.

The Tour includes transport to and from accommodation (as above) including the driver/guide, and entrance fees to Mt Yasur. The Mountain Guides provide visitors with otherequipment while on the mountain itself.


What to Bring.

Firstly, given that the Tour is lengthy and visitors do not generally arrive back at their accommodation until about 8.00 pm, adequate water should be taken (generally available from accommodation) and snacks, especially for children). Visitors should ensure that they have suitably closed-in footwear for being on rough terrain (however specialised tramping boots are not generally required).

Depending on the time of year warm clothes may be needed (definitely between May through to November) including a windcheater or raincoat. While the Guides provide some torches it is recommended that visitors bring their own as it makes walking on the rim much more manageable, and a must for coming down off the mountain.

Tour Itinerary.
Restrictions.

Minimum Numbers.

The Classic Mt Yasur 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.

Booking Payments.

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. 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.


Stay and Do Trips that include the Classic Mt Yasur Tour.


Mt Yasur Big Day Out
Tanna Island
$190
All Day Tanna Experience

Mt Yasur Big Day Out

My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..

Mt Yasur Big Day Out
Tanna Island
$190
All Day Tanna Experience

Mt Yasur Big Day Out

My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..

Mt Yasur Big Day Out
Tanna Island
$190
All Day Tanna Experience

Mt Yasur Big Day Out

My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..

Giant Banyan, West Coast, Blackmantown.

An Ancient Giant Banyan Tree
Scenic Coastal Fringe Excursion
Blackmantown named by Man-Tanna
Tanna's Central Marketplace

Giant Banyan, West Coast, & Blackmantown.

An journey to Giant Banyan, travel along the West Coast, & experience Tannese Life in Blackmantown.


Tour Features.


Travel into the Hills to Explore the Giant Banyan.

The Tour begins by travelling into the hills of the West Coast, through substantial groves of mango trees and yam cultivation, with panoramic views over the rolling landscape and east coast beaches. The 4WD track takes visitors past the overgrown airport used during World War II into a secluded valley that at first conceals any presence of the ancient Banyan tree.

A short walk through overgrown tropical bush continues to hide the Banyan, until, at the bottom of the trail it's monumental extent and splendour is unveiled. The Giant Banyan was said to have been a sizeable tree when Captain Cook visited Tanna in August 1774, and visitors immediately gain an intense feeling of history, blended with immense cultural mystic. Not only has the myriad of trunks and branches spread themselves over a wide area, but twisted root systems have created a series of amphitheatric platforms around the base of the tree.

Walking around the tree is a pretty amazing experience and can take quite a while with awesome viewing from all angles. The strength and span of the huge branches, being supported by a network of trucks makes for stunning viewing. The Guide shows off his prowess at swinging from limb to limb using one of the many hanging vines, and invites participants to do the same.


Island Coffee Processing.

The soils and climate of Tanna island are particularly suited to coffee cultivation, and a network of small locally owned coffee plantations are spread out across the central highlands region. While initial drying occurs in the villages scattered around Middlebush, grading and processing occurs at a couple of locations along the west coast. Here, at certain times of year further drying occurs, defective and damaged beans are removed, with the remainder bagged ready for export.


The West Coast Beaches and Blackmantown.

Blackmantown or the Lenakel excursion, starts with a ride along the beach road to see the dugouts, and have a look around what makes up the major township of Tanna. The excursion spends time at the markets (Open most weekdays but traditionally Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), where travellers gain a great appreciation of what is grown, collected and of value on a remote Melanesian island. It is a great place just to sit and observe local Tannese people going about their daily routines. It is notable that Blackmantown is a term proudly coined by local Tannese signifying that they control all commercial activity on the island (and not outsiders).

Depending on whether the tour occurs in the morning or afternoon, there are a number of restaurants serving a wide selection of meals based on locally grown produce.

Explore

Eastern beaches & and their elevated coastal landscapes behind.

Culture

View coastal living, the central market, and life around the main Tannese town.

Vista

Panoramic coastal outlook, a magnificent Banyan spectacle, and scenes of Ni-Vanuatu Reality.

Timeframe

A morning, or afternoon experience, including time for lunch.

Giant Banyan, West Coast, & Blackmantown Tour Information.


Price Details2+ AdultsWith Children
Full Price
per pax
AUD 190AUD 290
Deposit
per pax
AUD 45AUD 45
Final Payment
per pax
AUD 120AUD 120
Travellers
18+ years
min 1 paxNil
Travellers
13+ years
AllNil
Travellers
5-12 years
Nil1-3
Tour Details.

Approximate Timeframe.

The duration of the tour takes approximately 3-4 hours.


Morning or Afternoon Tours are available.

The Tour can either be commenced first thing in the morning (pickup at around 8.30 am carrying through until after mid-day allowing for lunch in Blackmantown (your care), or afternoon (pickup at around 11.30 am) with an allowance for lunch in Blackmantown first and continuing over the course of the afternoon.


Pickup and Dropoff from Accommodation.

Costs includes pickup and drop-off from accommodation on the Whitegrass coast near to the airport - Zone A (Airport zone) or near Lenakel -Zone B <lenakel zone).


Fitness and Health Levels.

The tour is suitable for most people.


Inclusions.

The Tour includes transport to and from accommodation, tour transport, driver/guide and entrance fees. It does not include the cost of Lunch which is travellers care.


What to Bring.

Generally, no specific requirements are necessary for this tour. (normal precautions associated with sun exposure on tropical islands to be observed.)

A suitable camera or mobile phone to take pictures of the journey.

Morning Tour.
Afternoon Tour.
Restrictions.

Minimum Numbers.

The Giant Banyan, West Coast, and Blackmantown 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.

Booking Payments.

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. 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.


Stay and Do Trips that include the Giant Banyan, West Coast, and Blackmantown Tour .


Mt Yasur Big Day Out
Tanna Island
$190
All Day Tanna Experience

Mt Yasur Big Day Out

My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..

Mt Yasur Big Day Out
Tanna Island
$190
All Day Tanna Experience

Mt Yasur Big Day Out

My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..

Mt Yasur Big Day Out
Tanna Island
$190
All Day Tanna Experience

Mt Yasur Big Day Out

My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..

Blue Cave Tour

Cathedral-like Cavern
Venturesome Activity
Panoramic Sights
Northern Tanna Revealed

Blue Cave Tour.

A unique aquatic experience that provides surreal highlights.


Tour Features.


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 Hole

The Blue Hole 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 Hole 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.

Explore

Traverse northern coast, and check out limestone cavern.

Culture

Tour centres on island physical attributes.

Vista

Coastal panorama along with cathedral-like views.

Timeframe

Morning or afternnon tours.

Blue Cave Tour Information.


Price Details2+ AdultsWith Children
Full Price
per pax
AUD 190AUD 290
Deposit
per pax
AUD 45AUD 45
Final Payment
per pax
AUD 120AUD 120
Travellers
18+ years
min 1 paxNil
Travellers
13+ years
AllNil
Travellers
5-12 years
Nil1-3
Tour Details.

Approximate Timeframe.

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 (pickup at 8.30 am Zone A, and 8.00 am Zone B, carrying through until mid-day, or afternoon (pickup at 11.30 am Zone A, and 11.00 am Zone B) and continuing over the course of the afternoon.


Pickup and Dropoff from Accommodation.

Costs includes pickup and drop-off from accommodation on the Whitegrass coast near to the airport - Zone A (Airport zone). For pickup and drop-off from accommodation near Lenakel -Zone B <lenakel zone) a small surcharge applies to cover the extra distance.


Fitness and Health Levels.

The tour is designed for people in relatively good health and moderate fitness, who are able to swim .


Inclusions.

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.

Morning Tour.
Afternoon Tour.
Restrictions.

Minimum Numbers.

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.

Booking Payments.

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.


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My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..

Mt Yasur Big Day Out
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$190
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Mt Yasur Big Day Out

My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..

Mt Yasur Big Day Out
Tanna Island
$190
All Day Tanna Experience

Mt Yasur Big Day Out

My fiance and I would really like to do the Mount Yassar classic tour on Tuesday 19th March. We will be staying at the Yasar View Bungalows, Loanengao and don't have our own transport so would also like to inquire about pick up shuttles etc..