SAILAWAY CRUISES run the 42 ft trimaran *Golden Wing* on full day trips from Havannah Harbour to remote areas at Hat Island, Paul’s Rock and *Survivor TV* camp beaches. This UNESCO World Heritage Site area (based on local anthropology) has stunningly beautiful landscapes both above and below the water.
The priority is to have a relaxing day sailing in sheltered waters, visiting three prime snorkelling or scuba diving sites and a little beachcombing after lunch.
This cruise suits people of all ages & fitness levels. Scuba divers can bring their partners or families, as the snorkelling is equally special. The sites we visit have colourful fringing reefs in shallow waters for snorkellers to enjoy. But scuba divers at the same location can slide over the dropoffs to see the big fishlife & turtles, plus gorgonia fans and soft corals, wander through tunnels or swim-throughs or check out underwater caverns.
U/W Visibility is 50 metres for most of the year, but decreases during the wet season.
The day begins with 8am bus pickups from Port Vila hotels for a 35 minute scenic drive a quarter way around Efate island to a mini-marina in Havannah Harbour. Enjoy true sailing without engines (or motor sailing if the winds are fickle) out to Hat Island, with morning tea on the way. Hat Island is known for its incredible water clarity, with colourful corals & marine life, so is a legendary favourite with snorkellers & divers of all ages.
In stronger Tradewind sessions, to avoid choppy waters, the itinerary may give Hat Island a miss and go to Turtle Reef instead, and therefore remain in Efate’s sheltered waters for the day.
The boat then moves across to the Efate coastline, with jungle cascading down to secluded coves, where the *Survivor TV* camps were located.
A large, healthy lunch is served on board. Big fish are already taking up positions under the boat, waiting for food scraps to be tossed over.
Going ashore for an hour, reveals a land of plentiful fruit and veges in an old coconut plantation. Further snorkelling can be done in this pretty cove.
Next stop is Paul’s Rock, an offshore underwater seamount, which is just teeming with fishlife and occasional turtles. There is a Custom Taboo on taking fish from this site, as the locals fear Devils which reside there. This means it is like a Marine Reserve and the fish go about their daily lives without fear of man-the-predator, making for some amazing interactions between fish and snorkellers. It’s even better for divers who see the activity close-up, plus drop-off walls and swim-throughs lined with gorgonias & soft corals.
On the 1 hour return sail back to Base, passengers chat amiably over a cup of coffee or tea. The return 35 minute bus trip has people back to their Hotels by about 5.45pm.
As at July 2014, Price for the Full Day Cruise is 10,000 Vatu per Adult; 3/4 for Teen 13-17; 1/2 for Child 6-12; Free for infant 0-5. This includes return bus transfers, lunch, morning & afternoon teas and use of snorkel gear.
Optional scuba diving is available for qualified divers at 2,500 Vatu per Dive (tank, weights, guide), with 2 available on the day. Gear hire (BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit) is 1,500 Vatu for the day.
For dive groups wishing to do several days of diving, we can offer multiple exciting sites at Hat Island and Lelepa island.
Bring your own towel, cap, sunnies, sandals etc.. In the winter months bring a rashee or T-shirt for snorkelling & a wind-jacket for the sail home.
There is a sun-awning over the deck, which doubles as a drizzle protector. People are welcome to sit around inside the boat and there are beds for afternoon naps for kiddies.
Usually operate on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, but can go out any day with a Min. of 5 adults . Normal Max. is 12 pax, but can handle groups up to 24 with cabin-top seating around the trimaran’s wide deck .
P.O. Box 611, Port Vila. Vanuatu
Tel; 23802; 7723802 (mob)