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“Day of snorkling, turtles, good food and fantastic location”

South Pacific Cruises - Coongoola Day Cruise
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Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Well worthed trip. Excelent staff serve morning and aftnoon tea with hot drink and mufins, stop at turtles santuary, then relax snorkling at most beautiful paradise beach after verygood food. Everyone will be happy

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Reviewed July 10, 2014

Loved this trip! It is a comfortable stable boat trip that combines a visit to a turtle sanctuary/hatchery with a fantastic beach barbecue lunch, and snorkeling from an amazing pristine white sand beach.
great for all ages. The snorkeling straight from the beach was excellent, but if you wanted to go out further, there were 2 opportunities in the day to go out from the beach to snorkel on the reef . highly recommend this trip to anyone.

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Reviewed July 10, 2014

What a beautiful sunny day out on an amazing old sailing ketch. Stopped at Tranquility Cove and saw the turtle sanctuary where great work is being done to enhance the turtle population and educate the world. We were dropped off at the beach where our picnic lunch was to be had but first we snorkelled straight off the beach. I was thrilled to see some amazing blue and purple coral along with some colourful fish before we were motored out to our first reef snorkel. Wow so happy to see the underwater world in front of me, that I jumped on the boat when it went out again to another reef drop. A great day had by all and to top the icing on the cake we had a pod of dolphins leaping around the boat, breeching the water and racing in and out of the wake. The crew were wonderfully supportive and professional in their dealings with us all and our food hit the spot.

Thank Sheree C
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

We went on the Coongoola partly because my 9yo son is mad on turtles and this tour includes a visit to a turtle hatchery. The turtles were interesting (my son enjoyed that bit) but for me the highlight was the snorkelling on the other side of Mosu island - absolutely superb.
Trip started with a bus from Port Vila to the boat, then a short trip across to the tranquility eco resort to see the turtles. From there the boat takes you around to the other sider of the island and a lovely little beach. People can either stay at the beach and relax or snorkel around the coral near the beach, or go out in a dinghy to snorkel on one of the deep water reefs. This was superb with crystal clear water and masses of coral and sealife. The best snorkelling in my stay in Vanuatu. After the initial snorkel, back to the bech for a BBQ lunch and then the option to head out for another deepwater reef to snorkel on. I managed to get my wife and 9yo to come on the second trip and they thought it was fantastic. Then back to Port Vila after an excellent day. Highly recommended.

Thank Steve B
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

I did this tour off the Paul Gauguin cruise ship. I was a decent excursion for the Port Villa. You were taken by van from the port into the town, In town you got in another van for a 40 minute (or so) drive to the other side of the island, Apparently they have a strong taxi union on the island that requires two drivers get a fare on the excursion (actually three if you count the return trip), etc. Once there, you tendered to the Coongoola boat. The boat takes you across the bay to Tranquillity Island. Both were wet landings (wearing water shoes is a good idea). Both the boat and the island had a restroom. You walk a jungle path to the turtle sanctuary. They had several hundred hawksbill turtles of various sizes in different tanks, i.e. bathtubs, hot tubs, and concrete troughs. There was no filtration system; however, the guide said that they changed the water daily. Apparently kids on the island bring the new hatch-lings to the sanctuary and they feed them for about a year (or so); and then tag them and release them. The year old turtles then have a slightly better chance of survival in the wild than a new hatch-ling. The place is funded by your admission fee and donations, etc. You can actually hold the turtles for a photo op. I believe that for an extra fee you can actually release one to the wild; however, nobody did it in our group. After that we walked along the jungle path (the other way) to a beach area for the barbecue lunch. The ship's description said "picnic box lunch"; however, we had a barbecue lunch that actually included some pretty good steaks. Overall the food was very good. After eating you could be tendered to an off shore reef for snorkeling, snorkel off the beach, stay on the beach, and/or explore the island. The off shore snorkeling was great; however, the beach was not world class. The beach was rocky and there were no loungers, etc The island also had a "primitive hut" hotel and a SCUBA diving operation. The ship had some cut up local fruit for a snack on the return. The return van ride to Port Villa was the same thing in reverse, except we did not switch vans in the city. This driver went straight back to the cruise port. The vans were basically a comfortable 14 (or so) passenger vehicle and the air conditioner worked in all there of them. Note: In case you didn't know, tipping is not a custom in this part of the world and nobody had their hand out. Also, I didn't see a "tip jar" on the ship.

Thank travel1948
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