Gar­den party

Holiday with Kids - - Vanuatu -

Lo­cated 17 kilo­me­tres from Port Vila on the is­land of Efate you will find Eden on the River, an ed­u­ca­tional eco- ex­pe­ri­ence built to ed­u­cate on sus­tain­abil­ity: stroll around a lush na­tive trop­i­cal gar­den and over sus­pen­sion bridges, swim in the calm river and fly through the canopy on a zi­pline.

More eco-ad­ven­tures can be found on Tanna Is­land. Head along jun­gle trails past lo­cal vil­lages and be im­mersed in trop­i­cal for­est in search of the Gi­ant Banyan. This enor­mous tree is as big as a soc­cer field and well worth the trek – try and see how many fam­ily mem­bers hold­ing hands it takes to en­cir­cle it.

Some­thing dif­fer­ent

Club Hip­pique Ad­ven­ture Park of­fers a dif­fer­ent way to see the sights of Port Vila: by horse­back. Ride through rain­forests, along white-sand beaches and past a water­fall for a unique sight­see­ing tour. There are other ac­tiv­i­ties at the ad­ven­ture park, if horses aren’t your thing, in­clud­ing tube rides, water-ski­ing and moun­tain bik­ing.

Con­ve­niently lo­cated down the beach from Club Hip­pique is Van­u­atu Beach­front Apart­ments. The warm friendly smiles of the kids’ club crew will keep your lit­tle pikinini en­ter­tained for hours. The fam­ily apart­ments are fit­ted with fully equipped kitchens, air con­di­tion­ers and wash­ing and dry­ing fa­cil­i­ties. When vis­it­ing, the kids will want to meet ‘Max and Mil­lie’, the in­house pet igua­nas.

Vol­canic dis­cov­ery

For fam­i­lies that seek a sky-high view, Van­u­atu has an ex­tra­or­di­nary num­ber of moun­tains to climb as well its fair share of live vol­ca­noes. Mt Ya­sur on Tanna Is­land is per­fect for the adrenaline-seek­ing fam­ily and you can take a guided tour right up to the crater rim to watch as it spurts out glow­ing lava. But keep a tight rein on the kids as there is no safety rail­ing. It is well worth the ex­cite­ment and one of those once-in-a-life­time bucket-list ex­pe­ri­ences. For some­thing gen­tler try a day trip to Am­brym, an out- of-this-world is­land. Like step­ping onto the sur­face of Mars, you can ex­plore its an­cient moss- cov­ered lava flows and, if you’re game, at­tempt to climb its vol­cano.



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