Efate & volcano trekking in Ambrym
Day One: Efate – Port Vila
Arrive in Port Vila
Explore the town, dine in one of Port Vila’s many restaurants and re-adjust to ‘island time’.
Day Two: Efate
Take a day tour of Efate which takes you all around the island stopping off at sights such as local villages, waterfalls, snorkelling spots, Vanuatu Cultural Centre, blue hole and beaches.
In the evening try out one of Port Vila’s waterfront bars and restaurants and sip on a cocktail and watch the sun go down.
Day Three: Efate to Ambrym
Transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Ambrym (Allow one hour for check-in time for all domestic flights and note there is a provincial departure tax of VT200/person to pay at each domestic airport after your check-in).
Note: For all tours and accommodation bookings on Ambrym island please visit www.ambrym.travelfor details and booking information.
Get settled at your island bungalow.
Day Four & Five: Ambrym
Volcano Trek Overnight (2 days, 1 night)
Trek Day one: Approximately five hours. Max altitude: 720 metres.
Your trek starts at Port-Vato with an easy walk on a truck track through local gardens, coconut trees, forest and dried up river bed to meet a cliff face. After lunch there is steep climb through the river bed and at this point you are approximately at the middle of your trek! Take a hilly walk through a forest track and then across a narrow wet river bed, with exceptional scenery. Take a short but very steep walk through a sandy dune until you reach the ash plane and camp site. It is here you glimpse the expanse of the ash plane and volcano scenery for the first time. You will set up camp while your local guide prepares dinner.
Trek Day two: Approximately three hours to Mount Benbow returning to camp and then four hours down to Port Vato. Max altitude 1020 metres.
Early in the morning you will begin your walk across the ash plane and across a moon-like landscape. The scenery here is breathtaking so make sure your camera is poised! Your last 30 minutes of walking will take you up to the crater of Mount Benbow to see the bubbling lava filled caldron below and survey your vista. After the jaw dropping experience on the rim of the volcano you will be pleased to hear that your walk back to camp is a lot easier and should only take one hour. Have lunch and then make the journey to the town of Port-Vato.
Day Six: Ambrym
A trip to Ambrym is not complete without witnessing the Rom Dance. This magical dance is breathtaking and unique to Ambrym. See the cloaked spirits stomp out ancient rhythms surrounded by massive guardian tam-tams. North Ambrym offers three fantastic festivals around July and August every year.
Day Six: Ambrym to Efate
Transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Port Vila
At your leisure
Day Seven: Tata mo lukim yu!
Depart Port Vila