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- Volcano expedition to Vanuatu: Yasur & Ambrym -

"I can recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see, hear, feel, and smell the furious boiling lava of Vanuatu" (Andrew M., Australia)
Glow from Ambrym volcanoStrombolian activity of Yasur Beach on Ambrym (Photo: Marco Fulle)The active vents in Benbow crater (Ambrym volcano)Traditional food in Lalinda (Ambrym)Group at Yasur volcanoPort Resolution beach break
Tour code: VAN_SPV
Tour type: Expedition: active volcanoes - photography - nature & culture
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 14 or 15 days (13/14 nights) on Vanuatu


29 Jul-3 Aug AMBAE
4-17(18) Aug 2014
15 Sep - 1 Oct (29 Sep) 2014
1-5 Oct AMBAE extension

Price (p.p.): 2590 €  ? 


  • All transfers as described in the itinerary
  • Domestic flights between Efate, Ambrym and Tanna
  • Full board on Vanuatu (including water) except a few meals as specified
  • Accommodation in guesthouses, hotels and camping
  • Porters, camp hands and local guides
  • Spacious dome tents and camping cuisine
  • Professional volcanologist guide / expedition organizer (Yashmin Chebli or Ulla Lohmann)
Strombolian activity at Yasur volcano
Are you ready for adventure?
The contrast between unspoilt rainforest, coconut palm beaches, primitive culture and moon-like landscapes surrounding lava-spitting volcanoes could not be bigger: join us on an expedition to the two most active volcanoes of Vanuatu: Ambrym and Yasur.

A great mix of adventure, breathtaking landscapes, unspoiled tropical beaches, meeting friendly people and their exotic culture awaits you.

NEW: Extension to Ambae (5 days, 30 Jul-3 Aug & 1-5 Oct, see below)
  • 4 days each for observation of the active volcanoes Ambrym and Yasur
  • Option to abseil into Bembow crater on Ambrym
  • Close meeting of the traditional life and culture of the Vanuatu people
  • Breathtaking moonscapes, unspoiled rainforest, pristine beaches

Approximate itinerary (14 days / 13 nights on Vanuatu)

Due to the expedition character and the infrastructure of the destination, changes in the exact itinerary on location might be necessary (e.g. due to weather conditions, changes in domestic flight schedules etc.)
Day 1: Arrival on Vanuatu (Port Vila, Efate Island)
Arrival at the Airport of Port Vila & transfer to Port Vila town.
Acc.: : good hotel in Port Vila (D)
Departure from Efate (Port Vila) to Ambrym (domestic flight). Meeting with the exceptional family of your guide and transfer to their village at the ocean shore. Afternoon & evening to discover the village.
Acc.: : simple village guesthouse (B,L,D)
Day 3: Ascend into the caldera - Marum volcano
Hike and ascent into the caldera. Installation of the base camp, picnic lunch with traditional food and hike to discover Marum volcano.
Acc.: : base camp inside the caldera in spacious dome tents (B,L,D)
Day 4: Benbow volcano
Expedition to the crater of Benbow with its usually active lava lakes. Descend (abseiling) into its crater optional, conditions permitting (trained guides assist you with professional equipment). Return to the base camp in the evening.
Acc.: : as before (camp) (B,L,D)
Day 5: Marum & Benbow - spare day in the caldera
Spare day to discover Marum and Benbow inside the large Ambrym caldera.
Acc.: : as before (camp) (B,L,D)
Day 6: Crossing of the caldera - descend to Endu
Thanks to our two crews on Ambrym, it is possible to cross the entire caldera - the local boundary - and descend on a different side of the island, a hike through unrivalled natural beauty, and allowing you to fully experience the grandeur of the caldera, stop at spectacular viewpoints and enjoy the lunar, almost surreal multicolored landscape. You pass on the rim of the pit crater Liwelèbih with its tropical vegetation, the old volcanic cone Marum Liglar, Marum and Benbow. The hike ends in the charming village of Endu on the east coast, where you'll be welcomed with lots of smiles: a total immersion into a new world unspoiled by tourism waits for you!
Acc.: : simple, but charming family-run guesthouse (B,L,D)
Day 7: Culture & Traditions of Endu
A full day to discover the traditional culture and life of Endu: dances, magic, kava ceremonies, traditional cuisine ...
Acc.: : as before (guesthouse) (B,L,D)
Day 8: Endu – Toak and view of Lopevi volcano
Transfer to Toak, located at the coast facing the spectacular cone of Lopevi stratovolcano.
Acc.: : simple family-run guesthouse (B,L,D)
Day 9: Toak - return to Port Vila
Discover the famous tradition of sand-drawing of Toak, a declared Unesco immaterial heritage. After a refreshment, depart from Ulei airport and return to Port Vila, transfer to your hotel, dinner.
Acc.: : Hotel in Port Vila (B, L, D)
Day 10: Flight to Tanna - Transfer to Yasur volcano
In the morning, we fly to Tanna island. A 4WD pick-up brings us accross the island to a simple, but charming guesthouse directly at the feet of Mt. Yasur volcano. After lunch, we drive and hike to Yasur volcano to enjoy its spectacular volcanic activity from close, as long as we wish...
Acc.: : guesthouse on Tanna (B, L, D)
Day 11: Day-trip to Port Resolution beach & Yasur volcano
Relaxing day-trip to Port Resolution combined with a magnificent lunch on one of the world's most beautiful beaches... Visit of Yasur volcano in the evening/night.
Acc.: : as before (Jungle Oasis) (B, L, D)
Day 12: Hike to the village of John Frum & local village celebration
Hike to the village of John Frum and swim at the hot volcano springs, traditional celebration of the village people. (Note: this will be done on a Friday)
Acc.: : as before (Jungle Oasis) (B, L, D)
Day 13: Flight Tanna - Port Vila, free afternoon
Flight Tanna - Port Vila. Transfer to the hotel, free lunch & afternoon. Farewell dinner at the seafront.
Acc.: : hotel in Port Vila (B, D)
Day 14: End of tour
Transfer to airport or own extension.
Acc.: : none (B)

15 days (incl. extension on Efate)

Day 1-13: as above
Day 14: Tour around Efate island
Day-tour to explore Efate island: visit a famous waterfall and the "Blue Hole".
Acc.: : same hotel in Port Vila (B)
Day 15: End of tour
Transfer to airport or own extension.
Acc.: : none (B)

Suggested extension: expedition to Ambae (5 days)

This expedition brings your to the mostly unexplored, amazing island of Ambae. You plunge into a virgin Melanesian paradise and discover custom dances for the mysterious god Takaro who lives on the sacred summit of the island.
We hike to the active Lombenben volcano and discover its spectacular craters: the famous Voui crater and its emerald color acid lake and yellow sulfur deposits, in contrast with the crystal clear waters of the Manaro Lakua crater lake.
Day 1-5: Ambae expedition (5 days)
Flight Vila – Walaha
5 days to discover the culture of AMBAE with its custom dances and the volcano LOMBENBEN with VOUI and MANARO LAKUA crater lakes.
Return to Port Vila on last day

Arrival info:

The tour starts and ends in the capital Port Vila on Efate Island where international flights arrive (usually from Brisbane or Sydney in Australia or via Aukland New Zealand). Participants normally arrange their own flight tickets, but on request we can help with that.


Jungle Oasis bungalow
Jungle Oasis bungalow
Tree house bungalow
Tree house bungalow
Base camp in Ambrym
Base camp in Ambrym
Our tents
Our tents

Mixed, ranging from comfortable hotel rooms, spartanic bungalows in the rainforest to expedition-style camps in the rainforest.


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