Vanuatu & Fiji Adventure

Trip Code: TESFC

Why we love it

Travel to the home of the John Frum movement in Tanna, learning about how these indigenous villages have incorporated WWII iconography into their religious traditions., Hike to the rim of Mt Yasur, one of the world’s most active volcanoes and in the evening watch the smoke and lava billowing create a natural fireworks display (from a safe distance, of course)., Snorkel in the clear waters around Pele and see the remarkable coral reef that is protected as part of a marine reserve., Go on a full day’s hike through the grasslands into Naga to Nubutautau villages, hearing firsthand about the history of the area from expert guides and local villagers., Get your pulse racing as you raft through the heart of Fiji’s highlands at Upper Navua Gorge, and take the plunge with a swim at one of Fiji’s most picture-perfect waterfalls in Nabalesere.

Is this trip right for me?

The flight from Port Vila to Nadi is not included. Please see the itinerary for information on recommended flight details.

Due to frequent flight delays on Air Vanuatu, we highly recommend allowing additional days in destination before and your tour or to consider flying Virgin, Fiji Airways or Air Cailin to Port Vila.

Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. We ask for you to please be aware of cultural considerations when entering and staying in local villages. Your tour leader and local guides will assist with local etiquette.

As we stay in some locations where there are few options for eating out, some meals may be set menus rather than being able to choose from a variety of options. Some accommodation options have limited numbers of different room types, so not everyone may have the same room style.

Your accommodation on Tanna and Pele is in traditional bamboo bungalows. These have standard beds with mosquito nets and bathroom facilities, however these facilities may be limited to bucket showers (with cold water only) and toilets. Your meals on these islands will be home-cooked with love by the village mamas using fresh, organic produce from the gardens and the sea.

The Fiji leg of your adventure is an active trip with several days of point to point hiking. You only carry a day pack, with your main bags (and for any non-hikers) being transferred by vehicle between villages. There are two nights of multi-share stays in the local villages we visit.

Some of the best scenery in Fiji is found on hikes. So, while this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit and be able to hike regularly if you want to partake in all activities. All travellers will need to be competent swimmers to take part in the rafting section of this trip.

As we focus on visiting less explored parts of Fiji, there is limited beach time on our itinerary. If you are interested in classic Fiji we recommend spending a few extra days before or after your tour enjoying the beaches and snorkelling in the Mamanuca or Yasawa Islands, a boat ride from Nadi.

Important information

1. This trip is a combination of our Vanuatu Expedition (TESV) and Fiji: Hike, Raft & Snorkel (TESF) trips.
2. As this is a combination trip, your tour leader as well as the composition of your group will change from Vanuatu to Fiji.
3. This trip starts with a Group Meeting on Day 1 at our joining point hotel in Port Vila (Vanuatu) at 5pm and finishes on Day 16 in Nadi (Fiji) at Coffee Hub Cafe
4.. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 3-6 and Days 14-15 where you will be in shared village accommodation,
5. You must provide us with a copy of your passport no later than 30 days before your departure in order for us to book the domestic flights in Vanuatu included on this trip. We are unable to book your flights without a passport copy.
6. Due to frequent flight delays on Air Vanuatu, we highly recommend allowing additional days in destination before and your tour or to consider flying Virgin, Fiji Airways or Air Cailin to Port Vila.
7. The international flight between Port Vila and Nadi on Day 8 and airport transfers in both destinations are not included in your trip cost and must be purchased separately. Fiji Airways flies this route.

What to bring/pack

https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list, WHAT TO BRING
Strong shoes for walking
Reef shoes are strongly recommended when swimming and for boat trips (if you don’t have any, you can hire locally)
Snorkeling gear (or you may hire locally)
Sunhats and suncream
Water bottle. Drinking water on the islands generally comes from rainwater tanks which can be used to refill your water bottle.
Torch
Insect repellent
Personal toiletries including first-aid supplies and some back-up toilet paper. Betadine or peroxide is strongly recommended for immediate treatment of any coral cuts
Earplugs are a good idea if you are a light sleeper or not used to village roosters crowing!
Garbage bag for any rubbish you can take off the islands when you leave
Camera
For women, a sarong to wear over shorts in the villages.
Garbage bag for any rubbish you can take off the islands when you leave, When hiking your main luggage will be carried in the support vehicles. You will need to carry a day pack with your needs for each day. 

We recommend the following items for your trip:

- Strong plastic bags or a dry bag to waterproof the contents of your backpack and daypack
- Head torch or small hand held torch for when staying in villages (or use the torch on your phone)
- Two one-litre water bottles/bladders 
- Camera/phone, with a waterproof cover if you plan to take with you when rafting and to protect in rain
- Sunglasses/Sunhat/sunscreen
- Book, cards or games for downtime 
- Light weight, quick-dry towel
- Personal medical kit
- Blankets and mattresses will be supplied where required during the village stays, but some travellers also prefer to bring their own sleep sheet

CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR
- At least one set of non-trekking clothes 
- A pair of strong, comfortable, worn-in hiking boots (wear these on the plane just in case your bag gets lost - broken-in boots are hard to replace!)
- Flip flops/sandals
- Reef/river shoes for rafting
- Light rain jacket
- Warmer long sleeve layers for cooler nights.
- Sulu or sarong/wrap (local skirt worn by men and women needed for when entering villages, can also be borrowed or bought locally)
- A comfortable wide-brimmed hat with chin-strap or similar, which will survive getting wet regularly and won't blow off
- Several changes of socks
- Two changes of comfortable walking clothes. These must be strong, lightweight and comfortable when wet. It is important that your shirts should have loose fitting long sleeves that can be rolled up in the shade or down to protect your arms in the sun. Cotton-based fabric is often more comfortable in the heat, though modern high-tech fibres are also excellent.
- Swimsuit

VALUABLES:
Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your hotel safes to store the bulk of your money, passport, and airline tickets etc when staying there. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden. We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.

BATTERIES/POWER:
Charging of batteries is advised before checking out of your hotel rooms. Please bear in mind there may be some nights were electricity may not be as readily available as you might be used to. Put your phone in flight mode (or put it away). Otherwise a portable power pack is a good option.

FOOTWEAR FOR HIKING/TREKKING
This tour includes hiking on unsealed paths, with sometimes slippery, muddy and uneven terrain. Please ensure you pack hiking boots or walking shoes that are fully enclosed, have good grip and are comfortable for you to walk in for an entire day (preferably not brand new, as this can lead to blisters). Modern trail running shoes are a great option for Fiji conditions, especially non-waterproof versions as you don't need to worry about wet and cold feet, and these dry quickly.

Physical rating

3

Joining your group

Moorings Hotel, Kumul Highway, Port Vila, VANUATU, Phone: 678 26800

Alternate Joining Point


Joining instructions

Finishing your trip

Coffee Hub Cafe in Nadi, Lot 1, Nasau Back Road In the Essence of Fiji Building, Nadi, FIJI

Alternate Finish Point


Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 15

Lunches included: 10

Dinners included: 6

Local people in Vanuatu usually grow most of their own food apart from "luxury" items such as rice or tinned fish. Some specialities include fish curry, lap lap (pounded yams, breadfruit, bananas and taro with coconut cream and a piece of meat such as chicken, beef or pork, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an underground oven), local snapper and tuluk (tapioca dough with shredded pork). As a former French colony, you can also find some great French cuisine and baked goods around Vanuatu. In village communities, the day might start with a chunky slice of bread and lunch might be a banana leaf-wrapped bundle of rice. For dinner, vegetables from the garden and possibly some fish. Look out for seasonal fruit like pineapples, bananas, pawpaws, grapefruit, coconuts and rose apples.

MEALS
Most villages we visit are fairly self-sufficient and meals generally consist of local produce from the surrounding fields. The women each provide a couple of dishes, and you’ll be able to choose what you would like to eat. Most dishes are vegetarian, but sometimes include fish. In villages, meals are eaten in the traditional way, sitting on the floor with food placed on a long mat or piece of material. Don’t be surprised if you are encouraged to ‘kana vakalevu’ (eat more)!

DRINKING WATER
Always drink filtered, boiled or water treated with purification tablets if filling water bottles from any source, including taps in lodges and villages. Support vehicles carry a supply of treated water for refilling bottles. Lemon-leaf and lemongrass tea, using boiled water, is in plentiful supply in the villages, and with a bit of sugar added makes for a good energy drink!

KAVA
Kava is a traditional Pacific region drink made from the roots of the Piper methysticum plant. It is consumed socially and as part of traditional ceremonies and cultural practices throughout the Pacific Islands. In small doses, the effects of kava include muscle relaxation, sleepiness and feelings of wellbeing. We think of its effect as similar to a reverse cup of coffee. In larger quantities, or in combination with alcohol and prescription medications, including anti-depressants it can be dangerous.

Climate & seasonal information

SEVERE WEATHER
Natural disasters and severe weather can occur in Vanuatu, including cyclones and flooding. The cyclone season is from November to May. Tropical storms and cyclones can also happen in other months. Flooding and landslides can damage infrastructure and disrupt essential services.

VOLCANOES
Vanuatu has several active volcanoes, including on the island of Tanna.

Fiji has a warm tropical climate. Peak season is late March through to early December. Maximum temperatures in Fiji rarely move out of the 31C to 26C range all year round. The Fijian winter or dry season is May to October and brings low rainfall, low humidity and milder temperatures. Fiji's wet season is November to April and is characterised by heavy, brief local showers.

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader or local representative may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the group leader or local representative to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the numbers below:

Intrepid local operator : Available for phone call on +30 697 800 6335 

Intrepid's Local Partner: +678 5403506 (7am-7pm local time), +678 5576543 (after hours)

Intrepid's Local Operator: Available for phone call or WhatsApp call on +679 9472732

Accommodations

Transportation

FLIGHTS
Due to frequent flight delays and cancellations on Air Vanuatu, we highly recommend allowing additional days in Port Vila before and after your tour and considering flying Virgin or Fiji Airways.

Our trips include scheduled flights between islands. In the case of flight cancellations, we will do our best to reschedule and rebook an alternative option if available, however please be prepared that on occasion due to limited aircraft, a charter flight may need to be booked instead, with the additional cost to be covered by the traveller and paid on ground locally.

SUPPORT VEHICLE
A support vehicle will follow or meet the group during hikes and will carry your main luggage as well as extra water supplies.