If your kids have aged out of sandcastles and paddle pools, it’s time to take them on their first (of many, we hope!) adventure trip. Where to? We recommend the tropical paradise of Vanuatu. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to teaching kids the (zipline) ropes of adventure travel!
1 | SET UP YOUR BASE.
We recommend staying on Efate Island, where you’ll find several family-friendly resorts from four to five stars, some of which offer Kids Stay & Eat Free packages. You’ll find heaps of water sports, beautiful onsite pools, fantastic beachfront and tempting entertainment options. Don’t miss a visit to Port Vila and while you’re there, stop by the local markets to avoid the rookie mistake of adventuring without snacks.
2 | MAKE WAVES.
Grab some flippers and a snorkel and make tracks for Hideaway Island, where you’ll find a pristine marine sanctuary packed with vibrant coral and massive schools of tropical fish. Feeling extra adventurous? Book in for scuba lessons!
3 | FLY BYS.
For a bit of land-based adrenaline, check out the Vanuatu Jungle Zipline. It’s basically a tour of the jungle from above! The course features six different ziplines, suspension bridges, a waterfall and breath-taking views over the treetops — and kids of all ages can jump in!
4 | LIGHT SHOW.
One of the world’s most active volcanoes waits on Tanna Island. Head to famous Mount Yasur and watch Mother Nature beat fireworks by a mile. While you’re there, check out the island’s impressive culture, which remains largely untouched by Western influence.
5 | GRAB A FEED.
All of this action works up serious appetite. Luckily Vanuatu is a veritable buffet of delicious cuisines. You’ll find French, Mediterranean and Italian as well as Chinese and Thai! Your taste buds will be as happy as your kids!
6 | KAYAK VANUATU’S WATERS.
Hop on a full or half-day river kayaking tour for a front-row seat to Vanuatu’s gorgeous rainforests and authentic village life. You can paddle and swim in the safe waters of the Rentapao River. Tours include a bit of background and briefing, so they’re perfect for first-time kayaking! If ocean kayaking is more your style, join a guide to take on the warm blue waters of Mele Bay.
7 | HIT THE TRAILS.
Vanuatu offers choice bushwalking — and nope, no dangerous snakes and creepies in this island paradise — and fantastic mountain biking. Whether you go by foot or by cycle, you’ll discover stunning rainforests, unspoiled coastlines, colonial farmlands and friendly villages. Ask us about guided tours to hidden waterfalls and natural spa baths, an excellent reward for your efforts!
There’s more where that came from! Curious? Chat to one of our friendly travel experts today and start planning your best family holiday yet.