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Volcanoes of Ambrym - the Grand Traverse

- 8-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.
  • spend one full week on Ambrym
  • 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 magnificient waterfall
  • Highly experienced guides and trained staff
  • Accompanying volcanologist

Itinerary - 1 week on Ambrym

Note:
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).
Day 1: Arrival on Vanuatu (Port Vila, Efate Island)
Arrival at the Airport of Port Vila & transfer to Port Vila town.
Acc.: mid-class hotel in Port Vila (D)
Day 2: Efate - Ambrym
Departure from Efate (Port Vila) to Ambrym (domestic flight or chartered plane). 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 village guesthouse (B, L, D)
Day 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.: base camp inside the caldera (B, L, D)
Day 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.: as before (camp) (B, L, D)
Day 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.: as before (camp) (B, L, D)
Day 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.
Acc.: simple, but charming family-run guesthouse (B, L, D)
Day 8: Culture & Traditions of Endu
A full day to immerse into the traditional culture and life of Endu: dances, magic, kava and religious ceremonies. Assis the Melanesian preparation of the famous dish LapLap.
Acc.: as before (guesthouse) (B, L, D)
Day 9: Culture & Traditions of Endu
A second full day 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.
Acc.: as before (guesthouse) (B, L, D)
Day 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, group dinner in a seaside restaurant.
Acc.: hotel in Port Vila as on D1 (B, L, D)
Note:
We recommend to add at least one day for a comfortable, but very interesting guided round tour on Efate. This suggested extension will round out the trip and result in the following 9-days version of the Ambrym expedition.
Tour code: VAN_NCT
Tour type: Expedition: active volcanoes - nature & culture - adventure
Difficulty: Moderate
Group size: 4-10
Duration: 8-9 days

Dates:

22-30 May 2017
24 Jul - 1 Aug 2017
11-19 Sep 2017

Price (p.p.): 2640 €  ? 

Included:

  • Experienced specialist guide appointed by VolcanoDiscovery
  • Group tours: geologist / volcanologist guide from our 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:

The group is accompanied by very experienced cooks and porters guided by a competent and specialized guide from Ambrym who knows the island better than anyone else. On demand, an accompanying volcanologist from our team can join your expedition.

Arrival 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".

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