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About Pentecost Island

Pentecost Island, Vanuatu, is located north of the country's main island, Efate, and capital, Port Vila. It is a remote, mountainous island that's suitable for intrepid cruise passengers searching for adventure and culture. It's far removed from the typical tourist trail, although it's believed to be the origin of modern bungee jumping.

The main attraction there is the age-old tradition of land diving -- where young men leap off bamboo towers standing up to 30 metres high above the ground, with only vines tied to their ankles. It's a ritual unique to Pentecost and considered by some to be a rite of passage, symbol of manhood and a blessing for the yam harvest. It can get hot watching the land diving, held for tourists from April to June, so afterwards, head to the nearby beaches for a swim or snorkel in the aqua waters. With no towns, it's also a place where cruisers can really experience authentic Vanuatu culture with a shore visit to a local village.

--By Jennifer Ennion, Cruise Critic contributor


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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Pentecost Island

    Leaving:
    Lautoka
    Visiting:
    Pentecost Island, Ambrym Island ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Silversea Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Pentecost Island Route (Silversea Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Lautoka
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Pentecost Island
    • Day 3
      Ambrym Island
    • Day 4
      Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)
    • Day 5
      Nendo Island
    • Day 6
      Owaraha Island (Santa Ana Island)
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      Cruising
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      Rabaul
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      Garove Island
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      Madang
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      Tami Islands
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      Dobo Island
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      Dei Dei Hot Springs
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      Samarai Island
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      Cairns
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    Silver Cloud Expedition - Silversea Cruises

    Pros

    All-suite cabins with butlers, heated pool, large gym and spa, many bars and restaurants

    Cons

    Bathrooms, specifically the towels and lighting, need improving

    Bottom Line

    A dream ship if you crave exotic adventures coupled with the posh amenities of luxury cruising

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    Silver Cloud Expedition Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Silver Cloud, Silversea's first ship (debuting in 1994), had grown tired and dated until the lu...

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    markham
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Uninspiring and flat
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    RobC1116
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Loved our Greenland and Canadian Arctic cruise!
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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to Pentecost Island

    Leaving:
    Lautoka
    Visiting:
    Yasawa, Pentecost Island ... see more
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    Silversea Cruises
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    17 Night Cruise to Pentecost Island Route (Silversea Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Lautoka
    • Day 2
      Yasawa
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Pentecost Island
    • Day 4
      Ambrym Island
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      Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)
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      Vanikoro
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      Owaraha Island (Santa Ana Island)
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      Cruising
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      Njari Island
    • Day 10
      Rabaul
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      Rabaul
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      Jacquinot Bay
    • Day 13
      Tami Islands
    • Day 14
      Tufi Harbour
    • Day 15
      Dei Dei Hot Springs
    • Day 15
      Dobo Island
    • Day 16
      Samarai Island
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    Silver Explorer - Silversea Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent service, expedition team, accommodations and cuisine, with passenger safety the top priority

    Cons

    Gym and spa are tiny

    Bottom Line

    Perfect ship for thrilling adventure coupled with a luxury cruise experience

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    Silver Explorer Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Silver Explorer is an all-suite ice-class (1A) ship delivering a true expedition experience wit...

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    statusquobuster
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Over priced, poor quality
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    David1250
    Sail Date May 2019
    Silver Explorer. Badly in need of a refit
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Pentecost Island

    Leaving:
    Tahiti
    Visiting:
    Moorea, Bora Bora ... see more
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    18 Night Cruise to Pentecost Island Route (Silversea Cruises)
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      Tahiti (Papeete)
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      Moorea
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      Bora Bora
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      Cruising
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      Aitutaki
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      Cruising
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      Nuku'alofa
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      Tonga
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      Mounu Island
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      Cruising
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      Lautoka
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      Cruising
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      Paradise Lagoon
    • Day 14
      Champagne Bay (Vanuatu)
    • Day 15
      Pentecost Island
    • Day 16
      Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)
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      Cruising
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      Sydney (Australia)
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      Sydney (Australia)
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    Silver Whisper - Silversea Cruises

    Pros

    Splendid service, all-suite, attentive butlers

    Cons

    Limited entertainment and enrichment

    Bottom Line

    Small luxury ship emphasizing passenger pampering, fine dining and spaciousness

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    Silver Whisper Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
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    RonOhio
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Dirty room, child-size beds, bad food
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Our First Cruise Ever and I thought I would hate it
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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More about Pentecost Island

Why go to Pentecost Island?

Pros: This remote island is said to be the birthplace of bungee jumping -- a draw for thrill seekers.

Cons: There is no town to speak of, so you shouldn't expect the facilities you typically find in cruise ports.

Bottom Line: Whether land diving or exploring tiny villages, Pentecost Island offers visitors an authentic experience.


Pentecost Island Cruise Reviews

Pacific Explorer
DarylD
Sail Date: Apr 2018
This was my first time to Pentacost, P&O are the only cruiseline to stop there and its only twice a year to coincide with their land diving. We got off early and had a look around then went for a swim while waiting...Read More
Pacific Dawn
aussiechucka
Sail Date: Apr 2016
Great to see the land diving but it was very humid. Make sure you take sunscreen and a hat....Read More
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