BE IN THE MO­MENT WITH YOUR FAM­ILY… IN VAN­U­ATU

Out & About with Kids - - VANUATU COMPETITION -

Just 3.5 hours flight time from Syd­ney, and 2.5 hours from Bris­bane, is all it takes to trans­port your fam­ily to a hol­i­day desti­na­tion that in­stantly erases the hec­tic pace of the day-to-days by tak­ing mind, body and soul to a place where it’s im­pos­si­ble not to switch off, slow down and re­con­nect.

Welkam to Van­u­atu – a neigh­bour­ing is­land par­adise where fam­i­lies truly re­lax with each other and in na­ture, and where par­ents and kids alike find them­selves rel­ish­ing a bliss­ful hol­i­day to­gether, in­stead of be­ing ‘too busy’ to stop and just en­joy liv­ing!

Can you imag­ine …? 1 Slow down

The safe, shel­tered waters of Port Vila’s la­goons are per­fect for the whole fam­ily to en­joy swim­ming, snorkelling and kayak­ing, while tak­ing in the scenery and the peace of Van­u­atu. Kayak­ing Van­u­atu runs trips in glass bot­tom kayaks, of­fer­ing even more in­cen­tive for kids to slow down and take in the un­der­wa­ter world be­low them. There is noth­ing more peace­ful than snorkelling above colour­ful coral gar­dens and trop­i­cal fish. Min­i­mum age for chil­dren is six years. kayak­ing­van­u­atu.com

2 IM­MERSE YOUR­SELF

The is­land of Espir­itu Santo is renowned for its stun­ning blue holes - deep, dark blue, fresh wa­ter per­fect for swim­ming, kayak­ing and float­ing, in­clud­ing nand­ablue­hole.com

3 BE IN THE MO­MENT

Wit­ness na­ture at her mes­meris­ing best with a visit to Van­u­atu’s very own live vol­cano, Mount Ya­sur, on the is­land of Tanna. Older kids with a sense of ad­ven­ture can walk right up to the mouth of the vol­cano and watch it bub­ble away in an un­for­get­table, and spec­tac­u­lar, show how of fire, un­like any­thing else!

4 RE­CON­NECT WITH NA­TURE

Van­u­atu is com­prised of 83 is­lands and, ev­ery­where you turn, na­ture’s bounty is con­stantly on dis­play. Just 17km from the cap­i­tal, Port Vila, you’ll de­light in re­con­nect­ing on the Eden on the Riverr ex­pe­ri­ence – a fun and re­lax­ing op­por­tu­nity for kids to ex­plore trop­i­cal gar­dens, take a tour over the sus­pen­sio­n­ion bridges, whizz past the green­ery on a zip line or re­fresh sh with a dip in the calm river. ede­nad­ven­ture.com

5 MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Giv­ing chil­dren the chance to meet with fam­i­lies from a com­pletely dif­fer­ent cul­ture is a re­ward­ing and d im­por­tant ex­pe­ri­ence, and in Van­u­atu vis­i­tors are wel­come to stop by the Eka­sup Cul­tural vil­lage.

Just 5km from Port Vila, the vil­lage is fa­mous for its won­der­ful cul­tural day tours and de­li­cious tra­di­tional feast nights. 100 per cent lo­cally owned and op­er­ated, a visit to the vil­lage gives fam­i­lies a gen­uinene Van­u­atu ex­pe­ri­ence, as the lo­cals share their cus­toms, ms, tra­di­tional knowl­edge and cul­ture.

6 SHARE LAUGH­TER

Laugh­ter is a com­mon sound around Van­u­atu and one of the best places for a real belly laugh is at Van­u­atu’s Wet’n’Wild where you will find an in­flat­able wa­ter park, wa­ter walk­ing balls, and jet boat tow be­hinds, which will keep fam­i­lies en­ter­tained for hours. Share laugh­ter with each other as you take turns hy­dro zorb­ing - rolling down the pic­turesque Mele hills in­side a 2.5m gi­ant in­flat­able hy­dro ball! Min­i­mum age 5 years. wet­nwild­van­u­atu.com

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