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Cruises to Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)

Champagne Bay (Vanuatu) (Photo:Bart Brouwer/Shutterstock)
Champagne Bay (Vanuatu) (Photo:Bart Brouwer/Shutterstock)

About Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)

Famous for a sweeping curve of pink-tinged sand framed against a classic south seas turquoise lagoon, Champagne Bay is perhaps the most famous of Vanuatu's beaches for good reason. It's located on the northeast coastline of Espiritu Santo and gets its name from a natural phenomenon. At low tide, when the water is shallow, it fizzes like Champagne as it passes through volcanic rocks on the sea floor.

Cruise ships dock in the bay and tender cruise passengers to a pier. For most people, it's simply enough to enjoy the sheer beauty of the beach and lagoon and go swimming; snorkelling is also a popular activity there, with reefs teeming with marine life just offshore. The laid-back locals head to the beach, too, when cruise ships are in to sell their local handicrafts and cold drinks, so it's a good place to pick up some authentic souvenirs, including baskets, mats, carvings, shell and bead necklaces, masks and bowls.

From Champagne Bay, you can enjoy a walk through the rain forest or head out onto the water for a spot of fishing. And if you want to venture further, keen scuba divers head for the SS President Coolidge, which hit mines and sank in 1942, for an unforgettable diving experience. If you hire a local driver, you can take a picnic to Lonnoc Beach or have lunch at a waterfront cafe in the nearby village of Port Olry.

--By Joanna Hall, Cruise Critic contributor

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DAY 1: Adelaide

17 Night
Cruise to Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)

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DAY 1: Melbourne

13 Night
Cruise to Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)

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Melbourne
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Isle of Pines, Mystery Island ...
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Princess Cruises
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DAY 1: Brisbane

14 Night
Cruise to Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)

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Brisbane
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Noumea, Suva ...
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Princess Cruises
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Why go to Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)?

Pros:

An exquisite turquoise bay fringed with Banyan trees, where locals sell seafood and coconuts

Cons:

Occasionally this port is missed due to unsafe tendering conditions

Bottom Line:

One of the most spectacular beaches in Vanuatu


Champagne Bay (Vanuatu) Cruise Reviews

bubbles1941
Sail Date: Dec 2017
Two daughters loved Champagne Bay, I could not get off ship... Read More
balmain4ver
Sail Date: Jan 2019
Beautiful spot for swimming.... Read More
teamflames
Sail Date: Dec 2017
Gorgeous beach but crowded with whole ship. Nice snorkelling but not great.... Read More
Golden Princess
Wiljaver
Sail Date: Nov 2016
How many favourites can I have? Champagne Bay is absolutely beautiful and the water warm and clear!... Read More
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