We visited Vanuatu last year on a diving holiday, and I was struck immediately at what a great choice it was for families with teenagers. There’s plenty of adrenalin-fuelled activities and plenty of fearless locals to egg you on. Here are a few ideas…
1. Jungle ziplining
The Jungle Zipline in Port Vila takes you soaring through the canopy at a height of about four stories, through the Mele Bay and Port Vila Harbour, across the 80 metre high canyon and above a stunning waterfall.
Located at the Summit Gardens and Cafe in Mele Bay, you have the choice of joining your teens as they fly through the trees, or you can sit this one out, and take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Summit gardens.
- Tours run at 10:45am and 2pm.
- Vanuatu Jungle Zipline
- Call Mike on (678) 555 0423
- Email email@example.com
Discover Vanuatu from the water with a fully guided kayaking and snorkelling tour suited to all ages and fitness levels. There are a number of tour options including a half day kayaking and snorkelling in tropical Mele Bay. Meet Nemo and get a glimpse of the dolphins and if you’re lucky, the turtles may join you too!
3. Wet ‘n’ Wild Zorbing
Picture yourself inside a huge plastic ball as it slips, slides and rolls down a grassy hill. Not for you? Certainly not for me but my teens loved this. Wet ’n’ Wild in Vanuatu boasts the longest Zorb ride in the world with a 2.5 metre hydro ball transforming into a waterslide down the rolling hills of Mele. Should keep the teens occupied for an entire afternoon.
4. Buggy tours
Got a little speed junkie with you that hates the monotony of guided tourist tours? Choose between three different tours – a 60km beach tour; a scenic tour, where you can explore the hill side of Port Vila, or a 40 km jungle safari.
The tour takes you riding through bush tracks, stopping off to enjoy a short break on a black sandy beach, before visiting a village to meet the locals. The bumpy ride starts every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 1:30pm to 4pm and Saturday from 08:30 am to 11:00 am. So fasten your seat belt and put your foot down to the pedal.
- Please note: A driver’s licence is required.
- Buggy Fun Adventures
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Zego Sports Craft Adventures
Explore Port Vila Bay on an exciting high-speed water tour. Take command your own Zego Sports Craft, through Bay to the most beautiful beaches of Vanuatu and around the many coves situated in the Port Vila gateway. With any luck a sea turtle or even a dugong will cross your path.
- U Power Sea Adventures
- Phone +678 7760495
- Email: email@example.com
To make it even more enticing for teens, Air Vanuatu has introduced a Teen Fare, offering return travel to Port Vila from Brisbane starting at AUD$415, Sydney from AUD$460 and Melbourne from AUD$479 (a saving of at least 20%).
Travel to Espiritu Santo on direct International services is permitted at the same fares. Prices include all taxes and charges. Travel must be booked by 27 February and is permitted up to 4 December (15 October from Melbourne). The fares apply to young travellers 12 to 17 years of age inclusive, accompanied by an adult.
Air Vanuatu’s popular “Kids” fare at AUD$199 is also back on sale and is bookable until 27 March, 2015 with travel permitted until 4 December, 2015. *Some blackout dates will apply to these fares during peak periods. www.airvanuatu.com