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Kayak Eco Tours

If you’er after an adventure with a difference, you’ll love our half day kayak eco-tours. We offer unforgettable paddle experiences to a blue hole & crystal river, tropical islands, jungle rivers, ghost shipwrecks and pristine beaches like Lonnoc and Champagne Beach. We can also organise DIY extended day and overnight expeditions for more experienced kayakers. For kayak and SUP self hire options click here (a great budget alternative to our guided tours). In terms of outdoor adventure activities and things to do Espiritu Santo, our kayak tours and SUPs should be on your bucket list for Santo!

Island Boat Transfers

If you’re dreaming of an island escape or a 1/2 day island adventure why not try one of our budget island boat transfers (one of the more laid back things to do Espiritu Santo). Choose from one of three nearby islands – beautiful Mavea Island (6 km return), the tiny coral atoll of Dany’s Island/Turtle Island (4km return) or secluded Honeymoon Beach on Oyster Island (3km return). Prices start from as little as 1000vt pp (up to 6 persons sharing). See Tour 6 below for more details.

TOUR 1: Blue Hole & Crystal River Kayak

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Espiritu Santo’s blue holes are a wonder of nature and should definitely be on your bucket lick when visiting the islands. Sure, you can visit them by bus but if you really want to experience their serenity and natural beauty you have to paddle up a crystal river (so-called because of its crystal clear water). Our tour starts with a short kayak across a stunning turquoise lagoon surrounded by tropical islands until you reach the mouth of Matava River. From here it’s a 2-3 km paddle through mangrove forests and lush rainforest to a spectacular blue hole (a natural limestone spring featuring crazy blue water that flows from underground caves). Along the way learn about the history of the area and the fascinating stories surrounding the native wildlife and bush plants via our local guides. Swim and snorkel at the blue hole (and take on the giant banyan tree rope swing). Enjoy a picnic of fresh tropical fruit at our beachside kayak base on return. As an adventure activity, this is one of our most popular things to do Espiritu Santo! All our Espiritu Santo kayak tours include bus transfers (Luganville – Turtle Bay), custom entry fees, guide, kayak and snorkel hire, fruit platter. Min 2 adults per tour.

*For more information on what to bring, how to pay, kids etc please see our FAQ page here

Tour Days: Mon to Sun
Tour Duration: Allow 3.5 hrs including bus pick up/drop off
Tour Time: 9am (bus pick up from Luganville 8.30am)
Paddling Distance: 5-6 kms
Location: 1st right after Oyster Island Turn-Off, Peterson Bay, East Coast Santo
Suitable for: Beginner/Intermediate Paddlers
Cost: Adults – 6000vt Kids Under 12 – 3000vt

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TOUR 2: Bay of Islands Kayak

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Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands on this amazing tour. Your tour starts with a paddle across a calm, protected lagoon surrounded by islands and coral reef. Along the way keep an eye out for turtles, dugongs and shoals of fish while your guide explains the history of the area. A beautiful white sand beach awaits you on the other side of the lagoon. Choose to snorkel on the nearby reef or just chill out on the beach and enjoy a refreshing swim. On the paddle back to the mainland take the opportunity to explore an underwater plane wreck from WW2. The trip ends with a beachside picnic and a platter of fresh tropical fruit at our kayak base. As an adventure activity its one of the top things to do Espiritu Santo and should be on your bucket list! All our kayak tours Espiritu Vanuatu include custom entry fees, bus transfers, guide, kayak and snorkel hire, fruit platter. Min. 2 adults per tour.

*For more information on what to bring, how to pay, kids etc please see our FAQ page here

Tour Days: Mon to Sun
Tour Duration: Allow 3 hrs including bus pick up/drop off
Tour Time: 1pm (bus pick up from Luganville 12.30pm)
Paddle Distance: 2-3 km
Suitable for: Beginner/intermediate paddlers
Cost: Adults – 6000vt Kids Under 12 – 3000vt

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TOUR 3: Champagne Beach Kayak

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This ½ day eco tour combines two of Espiritu Santo’s most beautiful beaches, Lonnoc and Champagne and is by far our most visually stunning kayak tour. It starts with a 45 minute bus ride up the east coast of Santo to gorgeous Lonnoc Beach. From there it’s a relaxing paddle around the nearby headland through crystal clear, aquamarine waters to the world class wonder of Champagne Beach.

Keen paddlers can continue on to Champagne Point (an additional 2kms return) while those happy to relax can head into Champagne Beach for a snorkel on the colourful fringing reef or a sunbake on the pristine white sands. After half an hour or so we return to Lonnoc Beach to enjoy coconut drinks and an optional beachside lunch (not included in price!). As an adventure activity this is one of the top things to do Espiritu Santo. All our kayak tours include custom entry fees, bus transport, guides, kayak and snorkel hire, fruit platter. Min 4 adults per tour (we can do less but will charge extra!)

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Tour Day: Mon- Sun
Tour Duration: ½ day (4-5 hrs)
Tour Time: 9.30am (bus pick up from Luganville 8.30am)
Paddle Distance: 3 – 4 kms return
Location: Lonnoc Beach, East Coast Espiritu Santo
Suitable for: Beginner/Intermediate Paddlers
Cost: Adults – 7000vt Kids Under 12 – 3500vt

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TOUR 4: Jungle River Kayak – Sarakata River

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Discover the hidden side of Espiritu Santo with this 2.5 hr guided drift paddle down the Sarakata River, the longest river in Vanuatu! The tour kicks off with a 4WD adventure through the coconut and cocoa plantations of Santo’s hinterland, before descending into a hidden valley where the river winds it way through thick tunnels of rainforest.

The Sarakata is a stunningly beautiful river. It’s crystal clear waters flow over limestone slabs and colourful river rocks. Along the way there are deep pools to swim in, sections of fun whitewater and rapids to navigate and lots of bird life to spot, including Santo’s wild ducks and hawks.  A stop half way at a beautiful swimming hole will allow you to have a refreshing swim and enjoy some local fruits. If you’re lucky you will see local villagers spearing for freshwater prawns and fish along the sides of the riverbank.

The 10 km long paddle ends just before Luganville. It’s the perfect paddle for beginner/intermediate paddlers as the river does all the work for you and the rapids are exciting but not scary! As an outdoor adventure activity this should be one of your top 10 things to do Espiritu Santo! Min 4 adults per tour (Note – we can do less but will charge extra!).

Tour include custom entry fees, bus transport, guides, kayak hire, tropical fruit platter.

*For more information on what to bring on our activities and tours please see our FAQ page here

Tour Day: Mon – Sun
Tour Duration: ½ day (3.5 hrs)
Tour Time: 9.30am (bus pick up from Luganville 8.30am)
Paddle Distance:  8-10 kms
Location: Sarakata River (in the mountains behind Luganville)
Suitable for: Beginner/Intermediate Paddlers
Cost: Adults – 6000vt Kids Under 12 – 3000vt

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TOUR 5: Jungle River Kayak – Bor Bor River

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Bor Bor River Experience (3 hrs)   *This tour is temporarily unavailable for Oct until a river clean-up is completed)

The Bor Bor River is without doubt one of the most beautiful coastal river systems on Santo! This easy kayak tour takes in the top 2kms of the river and starts at the traditional village of Natawa (about 3km north of jackie’s Blue Hole on the east coast) where crystal clear waters flow from an underground cave and wind their way through tunnels of rainforest and floating gardens to a series of freshwater lakes.

Here you can relax, swim and snorkel and discover underwater caves, mysterious bubbling pools and fish feeding. This is followed by a float down some fun shallow-water rapids and a final short paddle through some of the most beautiful scenery you will see on Santo.

At the end of the kayak, you are picked up by 4WD and taken back to the Chief’s nakamal (meeting house) at Natawa Village for some light refreshments. Tour price includes return transport, kayak hire, guide, custom entry fees + fruit platter. Min. 2 adults per tour

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*For more information on what to bring on our activities and tours Espiritu Santo Vanuatu please see our FAQ page here

Tour Day: Mon – Sat
Tour Duration: ½ day (3 hrs)
Tour Time: 9.30am (bus pick up from Luganville 8.30am)
Paddle Distance:  2 kms
Location: Natawa Village (east coast Santo)
Suitable for: Beginner/Intermediate Paddlers
Cost: Adults – 6000vt Kids Under 12 – 3000vt

TOUR 6: Pallikulo Point Shipwreck & Snorkelling Safari    NEW!

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Shipwreck & Snorkelling Safarai (1/2 day – 3 hrs)

The Pallikulo peninsula (or as locals call it Palekula Point) is a hidden gem located just past Million Dollar Point. It’s a fantastic kayak destination for two reasons. Firstly it features stunning white beaches, calm turquoise waters and lots of coral and seagrass beds (think dugongs and turtles). Secondly, it’s home to a huge shipwreck, an eerie abandoned Japanese fish factory and lots of docks and fascinating WW2 infrastructure built by US Navy Seabees. Everything has a story and the bonus is a chance to explore the shipwreck and surrounding docks and go snorkelling on some great coral reef as well. This is an easy kayak paddle suited to people with a sense of adventure. The tour is tide dependent so the start time will change each week. Please ring and confirm tour times prior to booking. Tour price includes return transport, kayak hire, guide, custom entry fees + fruit platter. Min. 4 adults per tour (please note – we can do less but we have to charge more!).

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*For more information on what to bring on our activities and tours Espiritu Santo Vanuatu please see our FAQ page here

Tour Day: Sun – Fri (no tours Sat)
Tour Duration: ½ day (3 hrs)
Tour Time: 9.30am (bus pick up from Luganville 8.30am)
Paddle Distance:  3-4 kms
Location: Pallikulo Point (just down from Million Dollar Point)
Suitable for: Beginner/Intermediate Paddlers
Cost: Adults – 6000vt Kids Under 12 – 3000vt

TOUR 7: Island Boat Transfers

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Looking to escape to a secluded island for a bargain price? Our 1/2 day island boat transfers lets you choose from one of three nearby tropical islands – stunning Mavea Island, the tiny coral atoll of Dany Island/Turtle Island (it has its own surf break!) and secluded Honeymoon Beach on Oyster Island.

A unique tour and one of the cheaper things to do Espiritu Santo hosted/guided by Chief Johnny (min 2 adults – max. 6). Boat transfers take as little as 10 – 20 mins from our kayak base at the Bay of Islands (Turtle Bay).

Why not combine a return boat transfer with an inflatable SUP hire and discover remote island paddling! Or paddle one way and return via boat to create a unique half day paddling adventure.

All boat transfers leave from our Island Time Kayak Base at the Bay of Islands (1st right after Oyster Is turn-off) – look for the yellow sign. Island transfer prices are for the boat ride only (they do not include bus transport or custom entry fees).

Spice up your island drop off with a range of add-ons –  Mavea WW2 plane wreck tour (3000vt), surfboard hire (1000vt), fruit platter (250vt pp), return bus transfers. Must be booked 24hrs in advance. Please note Dany Island also has 1000vt pp entrance fee. One of the more exciting activities and things to do Espiritu Santo Vanuatu.

*For more information on what to bring, how to pay, kids etc please see our FAQ page here

Tour Days: Daily except Saturdays
Tour Duration: 3-4 hrs
Tour Time: 9am – 12.30pm  or 1pm – 4.30pm
Tour Locations: Mavea Island (6 km return), Dany Island (4km return), Oyster Island (3km return)
Suitable for: Adults & Children (5 and over)
*Cost: Mavea Island – 7000vt return,  Dany Island – 6000vt return, Oyster Island – 5000vt return

*Prices are per boat not per person (up to 6 pax!)

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TOUR 8: Ultimate Kayak Combo Day Tour    NEW!

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Ultimate Kayak Day Tour

If you’re going to do one tour that covers it all, this is it! A one way kayak up a crystal river to a stunning blue hole, followed by lunch and a swim at beautiful Port Olry beach and a snorkel/swim at famous Champagne Beach on the way back. Three iconic Espiritu Santo locations in one day, covering the entire east coast of the island. Contact Paradise Tours direct on 7747159 or email paradisetours@vanuatu.com.vu. Price includes return transport, kayak tour,  custom entry fees (does not include lunch) Min. 2 adults per tour

*For more information on what to bring on our activities and tours Espiritu Santo Vanuatu please see our FAQ page here

Tour Day: Mon – Sun
Tour Duration: Full day
Tour Time: 8.30am (bus pick up from Luganville)
Paddle Distance for kayak tour:  2 kms
Cost: 2-3 Persons – Adults – 8500vt Kids Under 12 – half price  Groups of 4 or more – 6000pp

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