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Espirito Santo Holidays Overview
Espirito Santo is also known Santo and is the largest island in Vanuato. The western coast of the island is wild and mountainous. Santo has a large range of activities, with something of interest to everyone. Explore the beneath the blue waters and try scuba diving or snorkelling. Paddle a dugout canoe up the river, discover the beautiful white sandy beaches or embark on a cultural tour.
Discovered in 1606 by Quiros who was convinced he had found the Austral continent. He called this country ‘Terra Australia del Espirito Santo’. The Espirito Santo part of the name has stuck and that is what it is called today.
Explore the large beef and coconut plantations, long sandy beaches and venture into untouched rain forest. Take a journey through huge caverns and float down a river towards a plummeting waterfall. Santo covers the full gamut of moods from excitement through to relaxation.
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Do you love fishing? Well I have the one for you. The Vanuatu Marlin Class is the only marlin specific tournament in Vanuatu. The sport of game fishing is growing and this tournament promotes the conservation of fisheries using rules of tag and release to ensure the release of healthy marlin back into their environment. Points are awarded based on marlin only caught on specific weighted tackle. If you feel up to the competition, weigh in, throw in a line and try to win some of the fantastic prize money on offer.
The 17th November is Fest’Napuan a celebration of the National Day of Culture for the region. Staged in front of the National Museum building, the Fest’Napuan is a festival not to be missed. Fest’Napuan means ‘Festival of Music and Dance’, so put on your dancing shoes and get ready to have a fantastic time. Giving local young people the opportunity to perform in front of a large audience and gain public exposure, this event is not to be missed.
Take in the sights at Port Villa when Independence Day is celebrated on the 30th July. Enjoy the parade, scrumptious food, interesting stalls to name a few. Traditional dance ceremonies, sporting events and other festivities keep up the pace. The street stalls draw their influence from the Melanesian, British, French and Chinese cultures. Before you leave, sample the fresh local seafood a stuffed yam roll called ‘laplap’.
holidays - How to Get There
Vanair is a domestic airline and provides daily flights between Santo and Vila 3 times a day except for Sunday with only one flight. Flight time is approximately 50 minutes. Air Vanuatu provides both International and Domestic flights throughout the South West Pacific and Vanuatu. Flights from Port Vila and Espiritu Santo travel daily to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Noumea, Honiara and Nadi. AirCalin provides flights between Noumea to Port. Air New Zealand provides daily flights to Sydney. Air Pacific provides flights between Port Vila, via Fiji to Australia, New Zealand, Tongatapu, Tahiti, Honiara, USA and Canada.