VANUATU CRUISE

Australia's favourite South Pacific cruise itinerary! More than just stunning vistas and great weather, Vanuatu is an adventure lover's dream. With Vila having more adrenaline pumping Shore Tours than any other Pacific Island port, why not inject your holiday with some serious thrills?

1 - 4 Persons Per Booking

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Cruise Details
P&O Cruise 12 Night Discover Vanuatu, Ex MEL

Itinerary

Day 1 Melbourne
Depart 16:00
Day 2 At Sea
Cruise away with P&O and discover a holiday Like No Place On Earth. Enjoy days and nights filled with entertainment, relaxation and world-class cuisine. There’s so much to do but it’s your choice, to do it all or do nothing at all.
Day 3 At Sea
Cruise away with P&O and discover a holiday Like No Place On Earth. Enjoy days and nights filled with entertainment, relaxation and world-class cuisine. There’s so much to do but it’s your choice, to do it all or do nothing at all.
Day 4 At Sea
Cruise away with P&O and discover a holiday Like No Place On Earth. Enjoy days and nights filled with entertainment, relaxation and world-class cuisine. There’s so much to do but it’s your choice, to do it all or do nothing at all.
Day 5 Noumea

All the flavour and ambience of a bustling, sophisticated provincial french town with the friendly charms, adventure and heavenly climate of the pacific islands.

Noumea is situated on Grande Terre, New Caledonia’s main island. In the late 1800’s Noumea had a strong frontier quality with adventurers, miners, government officials, traders, seafarers and convicts all calling the place home. Gradually, other ethnic groups added to the mix – Chinese, Vietnamese, American servicemen during World War II and settlers from a variety of Pacific Islands. Many came to seek their fortunes, particularly in the nickel and gold mines.

Things To Do*

  • Tjibaou Cultural Centre - To get a taste of just how influential the Melanesian Kanak culture is, look no further than the superb Tjibaou Cultural Centre. This really is one of the Pacific’s most distinctive architectural landmarks, making it a must see for any tourist to the city.
  • Lemon Bay Beach and Anse Vata - Lemon Bay Beach and Anse Vata are popular areas with Noumea’s locals and tourists alike. Lemon Bay is a sheltered beach, perfect for families with kids. Have a swim or relax in a quiet cafe or restaurant. Anse Vata gives you a real taste of France. As you wander its promenades, their unmistakable beauty will instantly transport you to the French Riviera.
  • Take a trip to one of the nearby islets - New Caledonia’s Barrier Reef is the world’s longest and second largest, behind Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The country also boasts the world’s largest lagoon. Within it you’ll find the picture perfect islands of Amedee and Canard (Duck). Join one of P&O’s tours and eat, drink and swim till your heart's content.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Day 6 Lifou / Mare, New Caledonia

Cruise Departing 12 Jan'21 - Lifou

Lifou is the largest island in the archipelago of coral atolls known as the Loyalty Islands. Long stretches of white sand beach, small coves, limestone caves, grottos and imposing cliffs give the island one of the most dramatic landscapes in the pacific.

Melanesian seafarers were the first people to discover and settle the Loyalty Islands. Whether French navigator D’Entrecasteaux or La Perouse was the first European to arrive is unknown - there’s some dispute as to whom. The name Loyalty Islands was bestowed on the group of islands by European merchants towards the end of the 18th century, apparently to acknowledge the cooperation of the indigenous people. Whaling and timber were the main industries during the 19th Century. Today, the main industry is copra, the dried meat of coconuts, from which oil is extracted. Increasingly, tourism is becoming an important mainstay of the local economy.

Things To Do*

  • Jinek Bay Marine Reserve - Lifou’s Jinek Bay is one of the Pacific Islands' most pristine marine ecologies. It holds one of the world’s most diverse ranges of coral and more than 2000 fish species. Purchase your "Marine Reserve Pass" via your onboard Shore Tour Desk, all proceeds go back to the local community to help sustain the beautiful underwater ecosystem of Jinek Bay for future generations to enjoy as much as you do today.
  • Discover the island’s stunning beaches or explore the forest and secret grotto - Luecila and Luengoni Beaches are particularly beautiful. Shaded by palms and other native trees, they front the warm, crystal clear waters of the Coral Sea. Spend the day snorkelling, swimming, or just lying on the soft, white sand. Alternatively, join P&O’s "Forest and Secret Grotto" tour for a guided walk to a hidden grotto. Along the way you’ll learn about Lifou’s native flora and its medicinal uses.
  • Learn about the fascinating Melanesian culture - Join P&O’s "Melanesian Encounter" tour and travel to the village of Hnathalo to visit the chief's hut - one of the largest of its kind in New Caledonia. In the village, local guides will explain the method of cooking the traditional "bougna" dish.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.


Cruise Departing 12 Jan '22 -Mare

The best kept secret of all of New Caledonia’s islands, Maré is about as close to paradise as any will ever come.

Divided into eight districts, Maré has a truly untouched beauty. Jagged basalt rocks are evidence of the island’s first volcanic activity, dark forests stretch to the cliffs’ edges and its central plane is scattered with grottos and natural pools where fish and turtles abound. To explore this place is to journey into the most colourful of the Pacific Islands. Though shopping and dining options are scarce, Maré encapsulates what it truly means to get away from the everyday and relax while experiencing something new and inspiring. Its beaches are postcard worthy, its waters are perpetually warm and its vistas are unforgettable.

Things To Do*

  • Visit Yejele Beach - Take one of the pre-paid shuttles to the beautiful white sands of Yejele Beach, a true gem of the Pacific Islands. Dotted along the beach you will find local vendors selling food, drinks and souvenirs.
  • Swim in the beautiful bay of Tadine - Fresh cool water, filtered through limestone sits on a layer above the warm ocean water. Experience this sensation while swimming in crystal clear water with incomparable visibility.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Day 7 Port Vila, Vanuatu

Port Vila has seen more history and change than many towns ten or even a hundred times its size. when it comes to culture, tradition and history, this is a city with an incredible depth of each.

Port Vila is the trading centre and capital of Vanuatu. It’s perfectly located around a beautiful harbour on the south-western coast of the island of Efate. Here you’ll find a mix of cultures – Melanesian (Indigenous Ni-Vanuatu), French, English, Chinese and many others.

Things To Do*

  • Ekasup Cultural Village - Experience ancient Melanesian culture, customs, an introduction to traditional medicine and trapping of game. Discover how villagers preserve or prepare their food on a daily basis without electricity and hear tales of cannibalism from the not-so-distant past.
  • Cascade Waterfalls - Cascade Waterfalls is an accessible, 50m high waterfall with naturally eroded rock swimming ponds set amidst jungle-like rainforest. For the truly adventurous, consider abseiling down the waterfall! Join one of our Shore Tours to discover the magic of Vila.
  • Travel further afield - Port Vila is a spectacular natural harbour, yet it only represents a small part of the entire island of Efate. Beaches, cliffs, villages and spectacularly dense jungle and villages await discovery by land, air or sea. We have a number of tours available to help you explore this magnificent place.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Day 8 Mystery Island, Vanuatu / Lifou, New Caledonia

Cruise Departing 22 Jan'21 - Mystery Island

This incredibly beautiful conglomeration of pure white sand, palm trees and coral reefs provides the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Mystery Island is a tiny, uninhabited islet in Vanuatu’s Tafea Province, officially charted under the indigenous name Inyeug. Other than an airstrip, built by United States Military personnel to serve the nearby island of Aneityum, Mystery Island only has a few huts for overnighters, modern amenities for cruise passengers and some trails that bisect the island.

Things To Do*

  • Go snorkelling - In the waters surrounding Mystery Island, the condition of the coral and the life within it are in a near pristine state. Visibility is usually a minimum of 10-15 metres, so you are bound to have a memorable experience. Snorkelling gear is available for hire or purchase onboard the ship.
  • Modern Village - Modern Village is home to a small community living on Aneityum, the mainland opposite Mystery Island. Join our ‘Modern Village Tour’ to discover how the locals Aneityum families live when you are welcomed into their home. Learn about village life, history, culture, food cultivation and preparation, and more!

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.


Cruise Departing 22 Jan'22 - Lifou

Lifou is the largest island in the archipelago of coral atolls known as the Loyalty Islands. Long stretches of white sand beach, small coves, limestone caves, grottos and imposing cliffs give the island one of the most dramatic landscapes in the pacific.

Melanesian seafarers were the first people to discover and settle the Loyalty Islands. Whether French navigator D’Entrecasteaux or La Perouse was the first European to arrive is unknown - there’s some dispute as to whom. The name Loyalty Islands was bestowed on the group of islands by European merchants towards the end of the 18th century, apparently to acknowledge the cooperation of the indigenous people. Whaling and timber were the main industries during the 19th Century. Today, the main industry is copra, the dried meat of coconuts, from which oil is extracted. Increasingly, tourism is becoming an important mainstay of the local economy.

Things To Do*

  • Jinek Bay Marine Reserve - Lifou’s Jinek Bay is one of the Pacific Islands' most pristine marine ecologies. It holds one of the world’s most diverse ranges of coral and more than 2000 fish species. Purchase your "Marine Reserve Pass" via your onboard Shore Tour Desk, all proceeds go back to the local community to help sustain the beautiful underwater ecosystem of Jinek Bay for future generations to enjoy as much as you do today.
  • Discover the island’s stunning beaches or explore the forest and secret grotto - Luecila and Luengoni Beaches are particularly beautiful. Shaded by palms and other native trees, they front the warm, crystal clear waters of the Coral Sea. Spend the day snorkelling, swimming, or just lying on the soft, white sand. Alternatively, join P&O’s "Forest and Secret Grotto" tour for a guided walk to a hidden grotto. Along the way you’ll learn about Lifou’s native flora and its medicinal uses.
  • Learn about the fascinating Melanesian culture - Join P&O’s "Melanesian Encounter" tour and travel to the village of Hnathalo to visit the chief's hut - one of the largest of its kind in New Caledonia. In the village, local guides will explain the method of cooking the traditional "bougna" dish.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Day 9 Isle of Pines, New Caledonia / At Sea

Cruise Departing 22 Jan'21 - Isle of Pines

It’s easy to see why Isle of Pines is commonly referred to as the jewel of the pacific. Its beauty is simply breathtaking.

Captain James Cook was the first European to discover Isle of Pines in 1774 on his second voyage to New Zealand. He gave the island its name after seeing the tall native pines for which it is famous. Cook never set foot on the island, but noted it was inhabited because he saw smoke. The 1840’s saw the arrival of missionaries - Protestant then Catholic, as well as traders looking for precious sandalwood. In 1872 the island became a penal colony for 3000 French convicts. Today, nearly 140 years later, the island is less populated than previously and remains extremely protected by the tribal system.

Things To Do*

  • See the Araucaria conifer trees - Scattered across the island you’ll notice the distinctive, yet beautiful araucaria conifer trees. Fittingly, it’s these very trees that earned the island its name when Captain James Cook sighted it back in 1774.
  • Turtle Bay And Brush Island - Enjoy our scenic boat tour around the nearby bays and islets. Head out to Turtle Bay home to loggerhead and green turtles in their natural environment, if the turtles are feeling really friendly, you may be able to join them in the water for a swim! Take a dip or a stroll, or simply relax on the white sand of the uninhabited islet known as Brush Island.
  • Shop at Kuto Bay markets - Shop for souvenirs including handicrafts, clothing and sandalwood products at small stalls plotted along the main bay.
  • Snorkel at Kanumera - Snorkel and spend some time relaxing on the beach. Remember that climbing onto the islet in the middle of the bay is strictly tabu and should not be attempted.
  • See the grotto of Queen Hortense - The island is well known for its limestone caves. The grotto of Queen Hortense is one of the largest and most impressive and can be viewed on our “Island Discovery” tour.

*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.

Cruise Departing 22 Jan'22 - At Sea

Day 10 At Sea
Cruise away with P&O and discover a holiday Like No Place On Earth. Enjoy days and nights filled with entertainment, relaxation and world-class cuisine. There’s so much to do but it’s your choice, to do it all or do nothing at all.
Day 11 At Sea
Cruise away with P&O and discover a holiday Like No Place On Earth. Enjoy days and nights filled with entertainment, relaxation and world-class cuisine. There’s so much to do but it’s your choice, to do it all or do nothing at all.
Day 12 At Sea
Cruise away with P&O and discover a holiday Like No Place On Earth. Enjoy days and nights filled with entertainment, relaxation and world-class cuisine. There’s so much to do but it’s your choice, to do it all or do nothing at all.
Day 13 Melbourne
Arrive 08:00 - 12:00
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  • Starts on 12 Jan 2022
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