We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cruising to Pacific Islands

Which Tanna Island hotels are on sale?
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
See hotels
ROSEBUD
posts: 52
Cruising to Pacific Islands

Hi there my name is Lyn, my partner Zane and I are off on out first cruise to the Islands with 6 girlfriends in March, we are really looking forward to it. Can anyone give me any info on shore tours should we book on the ship(Pacific Pearl) or wait til we get to the island and book locally, we are hearing all sorts of reports and would like to hear some other views. Is it possible to book a taxi to take us around the island?? if so is it safe.

Look forward to hearing other peoples views and is there anyone going on the Pacific Peary in March we may meet up if you are? and what are the prices like??

Lyn

Geelong, Australia
posts: 1,068
reviews: 11
1. Re: Cruising to Pacific Islands

Generally shore tour vendors set up near the wharf where the ship docks and particularly cabs and mini buses are available near the wharf especially at port Vila. Tours done this way are a lot cheaper BUT you have to be very careful to be close to the ship so that you can be back on board by the required time.

If for some reason you are late you run the real risk of the ship sailing with out you. If this happens and it is not as uncommon as it seems your luggage and passports will be on the ship.

Although tours booked through the ship are much dearer there are safeguards in place as if your transport is late they will hold the ship for you or in an extreme situation arrange transport to the next port. On the trips we have done

at port Vila we booked full day tours through the ship. The last one we did was late getting back into the town leaving no chance to do any duty fee shopping for which port Vila is renown. Take note of the info the ship provides and be careful, I was offered drugs on one of the trips we did to pv.

Edited: 6:24 am, January 19, 2013
Geelong, Australia
posts: 1,068
reviews: 11
2. Re: Cruising to Pacific Islands

Generally shore tour vendors set up near the wharf where the ship docks and particularly cabs and mini buses are available near the wharf especially at port Vila. Tours done this way are a lot cheaper BUT you have to be very careful to be close to the ship so that you can be back on board by the required time.

If for some reason you are late you run the real risk of the ship sailing with out you. If this happens and it is not as uncommon as it seems your luggage and passports will be on the ship.

Although tours booked through the ship are much dearer there are safeguards in place as if your transport is late they will hold the ship for you or in an extreme situation arrange transport to the next port. On the trips we have done

at port Vila we booked full day tours through the ship. The last one we did was late getting back into the town leaving no chance to do any duty fee shopping for which port Vila is renown. Take note of the info the ship provides and be careful, I was offered drugs on one of the trips we did to pv.

Edited: 6:24 am, January 19, 2013
Brisbane, Australia
Destination Expert
for Vanuatu, Port Vila, Espiritu Santo
posts: 3,673
reviews: 20
3. Re: Cruising to Pacific Islands

Hi Lyn

When you get off the ship there will be a line up of taxi drivers offering to take you about. You can go with them if you like, however this is what I would do.

Walk past the taxi drivers smiling politely and saying no thanks.

Go up the hill for a while (if you are able to walk a bit, otherwise go the taxi option). There will be buses cruising around further afield. Say "200vatu to downtown?". If you don't have vatu ask if they accept dollars and it might be two or three dollars per person.

When you get out in town pay the driver and go to Goodies and exchange enough for the rest of your day. We would do between $50 and $100.

From here you can take a bus to the popular Mele area at 300vatu pp. At Mele you'll find the cascade waterfalls and Hideaway Island. Also close by is the Summit Gardens. Choose which of these three appeal and go there.

At the end of your time exploring this region (you can go between spots via bus - they will be everywhere) take a bus back to either downtown for duty free shopping, or back to the ship.

Buses work a bit like taxis but are less expensive unless you are part of a group in which case a taxi may be the better option.

Give yourself an hour or more before the ship is due for boarding to browse the markets at the wharf. This ensures you'll have plenty of time to get onboard and enjoy a cup of tea in the welcome air conditioning while the departure processes are underway.

If you have a few coins left at the end of the day you can donate them to the singing kids who are busking near the ship.

Consider that there is no free schooling in Vanuatu and children are far and away the most precious thing to NiVan families so your spare coins are a fair and welcome departure gift.

Happy Travels,

Jen

Edited: 6:44 pm, January 19, 2013
Brisbane, Australia
Destination Expert
for Vanuatu, Port Vila, Espiritu Santo
posts: 3,673
reviews: 20
4. Re: Cruising to Pacific Islands

PS,

This question would be better asked to the Port Vila forum as you are likely not going to Tanna via cruise ship.

Jen

5. Re: Cruising to Pacific Islands

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 12:16 am, January 21, 2014
Get answers to your questions about Tanna Island