Vanuatu Sailing, Espiritu Santo Sailing & Boat Charters
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VANUATU SAILING & BOAT CHARTERS

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“Vanuatu is so diverse that just sailing from one island to the next feels like a voyage across continents. The isolation and extreme geography of the islands is packed with over one hundred languages, a history of cannibalism, and vibrant superstitious rituals. People are still very tribal and there are beautiful villages with houses built from woven grass mats–nothing has changed here for hundreds of years.”

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VANUATU SAILING

  ESPIRITU SANTO SAILING & BOAT CHARTERS

Espiritu Santo is the gateway to the northern islands of Vanuatu. It’s also the largest island in Vanuatu and has over 30 nearby islands surrounding it – in fact Suranda Bay and Turtle Bay on the east coast offer fantastic protected anchorages along with Aore Island and the Segund Channel area. So whether you want to sail your own your own boat, charter a sailing yacht, live aboard a luxury motor-yacht or simply hire out a small speedboat for a snorkelling/island day trip, Espiritu Santo is the ideal launching pad for your next boating adventure. For a comprehensive guide to cruising the Vanuatu islands in your own boat click here.

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Paradise Sailing Adventures, based at Paradise Lodge on Aore Island have a beautiful Beneteau Oceanis 50ft yacht called “Divine Wind” which is available for skippered charter/overnight hire. It is a great Vanuatu sailing option and features 4 double ensuited cabins. Paradise Sailing Adventures offer a choice of 1/2 day or day sailing cruises, a sunset sail or extended 4-5 night adventures. They not only sail along the east coast of Espiritu Santo but visit far more exotic locations like the remote and unspoiled Banks Islands, Maewo, Pentecost and Ambrym islands.

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Another skippered charter option is Bali Hai Charters which is normally based in Port Vila but often operates out of Espiritu Santo during the cruising season. Their boat the Witchitit, is a trimaran built in Hawaii and can cater for up to 5 passengers on extended overnight cruising. They specialise in sailing around the northern islands of Vanuatu including the Banks group. Click here for more info on Bali Hai and Vanuatu sailing.

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Sailaway Cruises in Port Vila have a 42ft trimaran called Golden Wing that normally does day cruises out of Port Vila but is also available for extended skippered charters to Espiritu Santo and the northern islands. A great Vanuatu sailing option.

Vanuatu Islands Sailing in Port Vila, offer extended skippered cruising on their 31ft monohull Bligh, which can sleep 4 people (single berths). They can design custom cruises to Nguna, Matasso, Emae, Tongoa, Tongariki, Epi, Paama, Maskeylines, Malekula, Ambrym, Pentecost, Maewo, Banks and Santo.

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And finally Yacht Charters Vanuatu, based in Port Vila, offer skippered charters throughout the Vanuatu Islands. Choose from a fully organised and planned expedition or design your own cruise. Their boats include a luxury Perry 43 catamaran, the Escape, specifically built for expedition sailing in Vanuatu which has 4 cabins, (2 queen berths and 2 double berths) and Rendezvous, a 60 ft Fontain Pajot Catemaran with 3 large guest cabins (and en suite bathrooms), that can take 6 guests. Ask them about Espiritu Santo and Vanuatu sailing options.

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For the motor-yacht enthusiasts, Island Escape Adventure Cruises , based out of New Zealand, offer two different 6 night luxury escape packages from Espiritu Santo, the Mystery of Vanuatu Cruise and the Secrets of Vanuatu cruise. These operate between the months of May – September.

The Big Sista Company is another motor-yacht option. They offer the only regular cruise service operating between Port Vila and Santo, stopping at Epi Island and Malekula along the way.  They leave Port Vila every Monday night and return from Santo every Thursday night. It costs around $130 AUD and you can even upgrade to business class! 

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If you want to charter a fast boat to do day trips to the islands and reef around Espiritu Santo, either for a picnic, a spot of fishing or some diving and snorkelling, you have a couple of options to choose from.

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Santo Dive and Fishing, based in Luganville, offer all of the above and more, Deco Stop Lodge in Luganville have a small, fully equipped fishing boat called Seascape that does fishing charters and snorkelling trips, Island Fishing Santo based in Suranda Bay on the east coast, offers day fishing charters and snorkelling trips to nearby islands, Aore Adventure Sports on Aore Island have a fantastic 8m custom built speedboat affectionately called Full Boar that does fishing, snorkelling and island picnic charters for the day, Coral Quays Resort/Absolute Adventures have fast speedboats available for half day and full day charters to nearby islands and Cruising Safaris, based near Luganville, have a large glass bottom boat that seats 18 people and is available for charter to do island snorkelling trips, sunset cruises and river cruises.

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You can also hit up the locals at Port Olry for budget boat trips to nearby islands and local fisherman George Wass, does half day and full day snorkelling and island picnic tours as well as fishing tours out of Lonnoc Beach Bungalows on his small runabout. Prices start from around $75 AUD pp.

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