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Coongoola Day Cruise, Havanah Harbour, Moso Island, snorkelling, turtles, beaches

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    Full day trip on the Auxiliary Ketch "Coongoola" a 74 foot timber Ketch which is a former world cruiser and mother ship in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. 

    Your day starts with a pick by mini bus in the morning between 8.00 am and 8.30 am. then over the jungle clad hills to beautiful Havana Harbour with a commentary by the driver or tour guide on the way.

    At around 9.00 to 9.15 am arrive at our mooring base where you board the ship. the area we cruise is in the rain shadow side of the island so we have more fine days than most other areas. We board the ship by way of a small tender boat then once on-board the tour guide presents a short safety talk before leaving the mooirng.

    On the way morning tea and coffee is served with some tasty sweet buns and the coffee is organic and from Tanna island in Vanuatu. after a short time we go ashore at Tranquillity Island resort which is a sister company to the cruise where a 30 minute stop-over takes place to visit a turtle conservation project aimed at increasing the number of Hawksbill turtles which are on the endangered specie list by the United Nations.

    Back on board the ship again we proceed to go to a beautiful sheltered beach and go ashore once again in a small tender.to a white sandy beach with its crystal clear water, guests can find A shady spot for the day before going out to the reef for a snorkel. If not interested in that, lazing on the beach and swimming in the beautiful clear warm water is a favorite,

    Then it is lunch time and guests are served tasty local steak or sausages with lots of organic vegetables and French bread. icy cold drinks are available from the bar at reasonable prices..

    After lunch and a bit of a siesta, a second snorkeling trip is organized this time to a different location.

    Free snorkeling gear is provided for guest to use. for those just interested in relaxing it is a perfect location to just do that. at around 3.00.pm guests are taken back to the ship where some fish are fed with left overs from lunch. then the mooring line is cast off and we are on our way back to the mainland.

    Weather and winds permitting the sails go up and we sail to the passage back into the harbour.

    Most days we have our dolphin friends come and play with the bow waves of the ship, they are spinner dolphins and love to jump and spin out of the water. We often do a circuit to keep them happily before they peel off and go on their way.

    With the sun getting lower in the west the water shimmers in the light and after afternoon tea and a fruit platter we are back to the mainland and the other world once again. this is about 4.30 pm where guests join the mini bus to return to Port Vila by 5.00.pm.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Overall a great day compared to some other Vanuatu experiences. We were picked up on time, however we had to wait for a couple who were "forgotten" by the pick up bus. Once we got underway nearly everything was as advertised. The turtle experience was...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    Reviewed July 21, 2019

    We went on Coongoola Cruise in July 2019. 2 adults, 1 teenager. This was a nice day out. After picking up other passengers in the morning we drove to Havannah Bay. Went to Moso Island and saw the Turtles, where they try to raise them...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank Susan P
    Reviewed July 10, 2019 via mobile

    Excellent from start to finish. Friendly and informative staff all day. Boat trip was good and the turtle hatchery was great. They are doing a fantastic job. Went to two separate snorkeling spots before and after a good lunch. Even had a stingray swim around...More

    1  Thank 111Olly
    Reviewed June 11, 2019 via mobile

    We arrived in a small isolated island with a few couples in the morning, then cruised away to snorkel and saw the most fish in my life I’ve done snorkeling many times, but seriously it was the best one I’ve ever had !!! And my...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    1  Thank Hyeyoung K
    Reviewed June 10, 2019 via mobile

    Great tour, Olive and the team were incredibly knowledgeable guides for the day. The Congoola is a beautiful vessel, Havannah Harbour is a dream and snorkeling off Moso Island was amazing - beautiful fish and coral. The turtle sanctuary seemed like just that - a...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    Owen D, Front Office Manager at South Pacific Cruises - Coongoola Day Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2019

    Coongoola has a lot of charm, being a timber ship gives her that feel. great that you had a good day.

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    Not exactly sure but the operators were reasonable with us. Our three are aged 21, 18 & 16. They let the youngest two pay the child rate (I think they understood that we wouldn't have taken the tour if we'd had to pay for... More
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