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“Kayaking & Walking”
Review of Vanuatu Ecotours

Vanuatu Ecotours
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Owner description: You cannot get you closer to the indigenous people and nature of Vanuatu than with the country's undisputed experienced ecoman Pascal Guillet, owner - operator of Vanuatu Ecotours.He offers unique handcrafted, safe and personal walking, biking, river kayaking and waterfall tours throughout the archipelago in order for you to experience a way of life you only read about in National Geography.A extensive range of tours are available for families or professional trekkies at all fitness levels.
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Copenhagen
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69 reviews
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“Kayaking & Walking”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We did two tours - a walk in the hills and kayaking on the Rentabao river. The walk was in a beautiful setting starting in a dry river bed, working through caves, fruit and vegetable plantations, coconut plantations, beautiful old banyan trees and ending in a boarding school. Our guide, Henri, was easy going, fun and kept an even pace. It is perfect for discovering the flora on the island but this is not a serious hike. The kayaking is a perfect family day out on a river that flows out to the ocean thereby giving rise to some amazing mangrove. Pascal and his crew manage the tour professionally and would recommend Eco Tour services. Next time we have biking on our to do list

Visited December 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“River trek and kayaking”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

We did two tours with Pascal at ecotours and were very glad we did.
The river trek was absolutely amazing and I haven't done anything like it before. You start by climbing a waterfall (gets the pulse racing!) and then make your way through a stunning rainforest by walking IN the river! The scenery is breathtaking. There are also added extras like the rope swing, going behing a waterfall and exploring a cave.
The kayaking was in a similarly beautiful environment and took us through where the locals live- very interesting to see the kids playing in the river, teenagers hooning past waterskiing and the washing waiting to dry! Pascal has light, maneouerable kayaks which make the kayaking very pleasurable.
Both tours include transfers on an open air truck and end with some yummy local lime juice and fruits. We all had a blast and would love to go back some time :)

Visited December 2013
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Panania, Australia
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“Lololima Waterfall Tour”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Pascal and his team are fantastic, and extremely well prepared. Being able to walk up the waterfall and the through the canyon was a rare treat. The rope swing is always a great way to end a tour!
It was a little bit adventurous without being too difficult and Pascal is always there to help anyone who needs it. Make sure you bring reef shoes as you will be walking in the river and a water proof camera so you can capture the amazing river and jungle. On the way back we ate coconuts freshly gathered by one of Pascals team (whose name I unfortunately didn't get). This is a truly fantastic experience and a great way to "get off the beaten track" safely.

Visited January 2014
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Alexandra Headland, Australia
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“tropical paradise at its best”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

Kayaking down a tranquil river through practically untouched tropical jungle was a beautiful and rewarding experience. You pass vast stretches of untouched jungle only intermittently broken by local villages dotted among the trees and are able to see locals carrying out their daily chores and enjoying life on the river. Travel upstream to small cascades and then back downstream to the river mouth where a wealth of mangroves adorn the river banks. The scenery is gorgeous and the water is so clear that the jungle above is often reflected in the water below. A platter of local fruit awaits at the end of your journey and you can finish off your lovely morning with a swim in the beautiful, clear and refreshing waters.

Visited December 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Beautiful trip to Lololima Waterfall”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

Friendly, informative, beautiful and a lot of fun. This was the only way we could get off the beaten track of holiday resorts and tours to all the usual hotspots. We didn’t see any other tourists during our waterfall walk, the group size was nice and small (8, of whom only 6 did the actual walk), and we had the chance to ask Henry and Pascal lots of things about the area, the culture of Vanuatu, etc. They were both really helpful and informative, and gave me a hand or a shoulder when I wasn’t sure of my footing.

The waterfall, pools and river were all beautiful and and we loved swinging into the huge blue pool on the rope that Henry put in place at the end of the walk. His tree-climbing skills were very impressive. We enjoyed the fruit too – delicious.

In terms of its ‘eco’ credentials, the trip definitely got us out into nature, and it felt like we were there in small enough numbers to exert a minimal footprint. I really liked the fact that the refreshments consisted of local fruit served on leaves, including a coconut that we picked up from the path on our way down. We also had drinks served in reusable cups, so we didn’t create any rubbish. Passengers in their van travel under a banana-leaf roof, so it’s more eco-friendly than travelling in an air-conditioned cabin, and there isn’t too much driving involved as this stunning spot is actually only 15 minutes’ drive from Port Vila.

As far as we’re aware the money doesn’t go towards any conservation efforts, but all tourist income helps incentivise the preservation of the natural beauty of the islands, and to this extent it’s definitely a positive thing to do.

Tips:
- Bring a towel or sarong for drying off as you will get wet on this tour!
- They can lend you reef shoes, if you don’t have footwear that you can get wet.
- This one is a bit challenging if you’re nervous with heights, but they are brilliant about helping you so you’ll be in safe hands.
- Don’t forget that there’s an extra 1000 vatu charge per person to cover entry to the waterfall site.

Visited November 2013
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