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Cruises to Pentecost Island

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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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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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