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Volcanoes of Ambrym - the Grand Traverse

- 11-days volcano expedition to Ambrym - individual departures & group tours -

Immerse yourself into a world unknown to most - a tropical world of fire, coconut palms, exotic dances, magic traditions and stories: This expedition is an in depth experience of what is the most dramatic of Vanuatu's active volcanoes: mysterious Ambrym.
  • 8 days on Ambrym including 4 nights camping in the Ambrym caldera
  • 4 craters: Mbuwelesu, Niri Mbuwelesu, Mamboen Niri Mbuwelesu (Marum), Benbow
  • Frequently active lava lakes of Marum and Benbow
  • Spectacular tropical and lunar landscapes of the giant Ambrym caldera
  • Magical traditional dances
  • Traditions and culture of the Nivane people
  • Visit of a magnificent waterfall
  • Highly experienced guides and trained staff
  • Acompañando vulcanólogo

11 day itinerary with 8 full days spend on Ambrym

For an expedition like this, any program presented must be considered indicative: unexpected changes in flight schedules, volcanic and weather conditions etc. could make modifications in the actual itinerary necessary. In particular, it could result in that the return to Port Vila must be anticipated by one day. In this (unlikely) case, the additional day on Efate would be dedicated to a scenic round trip around Efate.
On request, modifications are possible as well - e.g. to spend one more day inside the caldera and one day less in Toak (although we highly recommend the presented itinerary).
Día 1: Arrival on Vanuatu (Port Vila, Efate Island)
Arrival at the Airport of Port Vila & transfer to Port Vila town.
A.: mid-class hotel in Port Vila
Día 2: Efate - Ambrym (charter flight with sightseeing)
Morning departure from Efate (Port Vila) to Ambrym (chartered plane) with scenic flight time over Lopevi volcano and the Ambrym caldera.
Meeting with the exceptional family of your guide and transfer in the village with one stop to the hot springs of sesivi with a refreshment at the ocean shore. Welcome ceremony. Afternoon & evening to discover the village.
A.: simple village guesthouse (B, L, D)
Día 3: Ascend into the caldera - Marum volcano
Hike and ascent into the caldera. Installation of the base camp, picnic lunch with traditional food and hike to discover Marum volcano.
A.: base camp inside the caldera (B, L, D)
Día 4: Benbow volcano
Expedition to the crater of Benbow with its usually active lava lakes. Descend (abseiling) into its crater optional, conditions permitting (trained guides assist you with professional equipment). Return to the base camp in the evening.
A.: as before (camp) (B, L, D)
Día 5-6: Marum & Benbow - spare day in the caldera
2 more days in the Ambrym caldera to discover Marum and Benbow inside the large Ambrym caldera in order to maximize photo / video opportunities.
A.: as before (camp) (B, L, D)
Día 7: Crossing of the caldera - descend to Endu
Cross the entire caldera and descend to the east coast of the island to the charming and unspoiled village of Endu on the east coast, where you'll be welcomed with lots of smiles. A welcome ceremony and a wonderful local dinnerwait for you.
A.: simple, but charming family-run guesthouse (B, L, D)
Día 8-9: Culture & Traditions of Endu
Two full days to discover the traditional culture and life of the village: visit the schools, see dances, magic, medicine, local crafts and assist the preparation of the pig - the highest of ceremonial meals.
A.: as before (guesthouse) (B, L, D)
Día 10: Endu - Lopevi volcano and lava tubes - flight back to Port Vila
Transfer early morning to Toak or Penapo village; views of Lopevi stratovolcano. Discover the famous tradition and art of sand-drawing of Toak, a declared Unesco immaterial heritage.
On the way to the airport, visit lava tubes in Penapo; refreshment and flight back to Port Vila. After transfer to the previous hotel.
A.: hotel in Port Vila as on D1 (B, L)
Día 11: End of tour
Transfer to airport or own extension (recommended: 1-day tour on Efate).
A.: none (B)

Llegada info:

This adventure starts and ends in Port Vila on Efate Island, Vanuatu's capital. The day of departure is depending on the domestic flight schedule of AirVanuatu (alternatively: charter flights). It is both a perfect stand-alone program if you only have limited time to visit Vanuatu and follow the priciple "less is more", or can be combined with visits to other islands, e.g. Tanna with active Yasur volcano - for example, our program "Yasur Volcano Adventure".

Tour code: VAN_NCT
Tipo de viaje: Expedition: active volcanoes - nature & culture - adventure
Dificultad: Moderada
Group size: 4-8
Duración: 11 days


31 may - 10 jun 2020
20-30 sep 2020

Precio (pp): 2950 €  ? 


  • Experienced geologist guide from the VolcanoDiscovery team
  • 2 equipos de guías y porteadores
  • Un portero por persona para propio equipo (además de cargadores para el campo); cargadores adicionales se pueden arreglar a un costo adicional
  • Los cocineros experimentados y las manos del campo
  • Todos los alojamientos como se especifica en casas de huéspedes de carácter familiar (ocupación doble) (4 noches), campamento en el interior de la caldera (3 noches) y en un bonito hotel en Efate (1 noche)
  • Camp kitchen equipment
  • Activities and excursions as per program
  • Pensión completa incluyendo agua potable, té y café, zumos frescos
  • El equipo de seguridad (cuerda estática, los ascendentes y accesorios) para el rappel opcional descender al cráter de Benbow
  • Todos los derechos de inscripción y el pueblo tarifas adecuadas
  • Todos los traslados por tierra y mar en Ambrym y Efate
  • Interno vuelo de regreso a Port Vila - Ambrym (vuelos charter disponibles con cargo adicional)

Tour guide:

The expedition will be accompanied by VolcanoDiscovery team volcanologist Yashmin Chebli. Yashmin is trained geologist with a university Master's degree and member of SGF (Société Géologique de France). He has been working as tour guide and expedition leader to actives volcanoes, volcano photographer and consultant for more than 30 years. His areas of expertise include the active volcanoes in Italy, Vanuatu, the Hawaiian Islands, Guatemala, RD of Congo, Tanzania, Costa Rica and others. Besides his mother tongue French, Yashmin speaks several languages including English, Italian, and Spanish.
Website: (photos) and Youtube channel!
Yashmin Chebli explaining a pumice deposit
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