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Sail Date: April 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 for the land diving ... Read More
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 for the land diving to begin. Its really a lovely island with a few market stalls and local attractions as well as a nice long clean pebbly beach which we enjoyed. Before the land diving began we made our way to the site and found our vantage point just to the side about 20 metres away While looking at the tower these people were going to jump off I found myself feeling guilty thinking they were going to risk their lives jumping off these huge towers to entertain us in the hope we might spend some of our money and make some donations to them. I understand its a choice they make and no doubt the money generated goes a long way to helping them but it really is a beautiful destination with fascinating friendly people to interact with without the land diving, its a shame cruise ships dont visit at times when there is no land diving as well, there is so much more to Pentacost that is very well worth the visit and worthy of our tourist dollars They start by making their final preparations to the ground, their vines and the tower before the dancers and local "cheer squad" turn up, it starts with the kids jumping from the lower levels which were between 5 and 10 metres high which is a really long way to jump head first with vines tied to your ankles for anybody let along some kids who looked like they were barely 12, jump they did, seemingly freely, it obviously hurt them, how badly I dont know. As it goes on the jumpers get older, stronger and braver but it also gets hotter so we didn't stay to the end to see them jump right from the top but certainly watching the more agile men jump was quite a spectacle and amazing that they can do it and seemingly not get hurt doing it Read Less

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