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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
  • Begeleidende vulkanoloog

11 day itinerary with 8 full days spend on Ambrym

Noot:
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).
Dag 1: Arrival on Vanuatu (Port Vila, Efate Island)
Arrival at the Airport of Port Vila & transfer to Port Vila town.
Acc.: mid-klasse hotel in Port Vila
Dag 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.
Acc.: simple guesthouse (B, L, D)
Dag 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.
Acc.: basiskamp binnen de caldera (B, L, D)
Dag 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.
Acc.: zoals eerder (kamp) (B, L, D)
Dag 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.
Acc.: zoals eerder (kamp) (B, L, D)
Dag 7: Crossing of the caldera - descend to Endu
Steek de hele caldera over en daal af naar de oostkust van het eiland naar het charmante en ongerepte dorpje Endu aan de oostkust, waar je met veel plezier verwelkomd wordt. Een welkomstceremonie en een heerlijk lokaal diner wachten voor je.
Acc.: eenvoudig, maar charmant familiehotel (B, L, D)
Dag 8-9: Cultuur en tradities van Endu
Twee volle dagen om de traditionele cultuur en het leven van het dorp te ontdekken: bezoek de scholen, zie dansen, magie, medicijnen, lokale ambachten en help de voorbereiding van het varken - de hoogste ceremoniële maaltijden.
Acc.: als voorheen (guesthouse) (B, L, D)
Dag 10: Return flight to Port Vila
Transfer from ENDU to the Penapo village to discover one of the largest Banyan trees on the island. After lunch flight to Port Vila. Free time, relax.
Acc.: mid-class hotel in Port Vila (B, L)
Dag 11: End of tour
Transfer to airport or own extension (recommended: 1-day tour on Efate).
Acc.: none (B)

Aankomst 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
Soort reis: Expedition: actieve vulkanen - natuur - avontuur
Moeilijkheidsgraad:Matige
Group size:4-8
Duur: 11 days

Datums:

31 May - 10 Jun 2020
20-30 Sep 2020

Prijs (pp): 2950 €  ? 

Inbegrepen:

  • Experienced geologist guide from the VolcanoDiscovery team
  • 2 teams of guides and porters
  • 1 porter per person for own gear (in addition to porters for the camp); additional porters can be arranged at extra cost
  • Experienced cooks and camp hands
  • All accommodation as specified in family-run guesthouses (double occupancy) (4 nights), camp inside the caldera (3 nights) and in a nice hotel on Efate (1 night)
  • Camp kitchen equipment
  • Activities and excursions as per program
  • Full board including drinking water, tea & coffee, fresh juices
  • Safety equipment (static rope, ascenders and accessories) for the optional abseiling descend into Benbow crater
  • All entry fees and village right fees
  • All transfers by land and sea on Ambrym and Efate
  • Domestic return flight Port Vila - Ambrym (charter flights available at surcharge)

Tour guide:

De expeditie zal worden vergezeld door vulkanoloog Yashmin Chebli van het VolcanoDiscovery-team, die een universitaire opleiding in geologie heeft gevolgd en sinds meer dan 15 jaar werkzaam is als gespecialiseerde vulkaan-gids met de nadruk op Vanuatu en Hawaichr('39')i. Website: www.vanuatu-expedition.com (fotochr('39')s) en Youtube-kanaal !
Yashmin Chebli explaining a pumice deposit
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