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5 Reasons to Cruise Vanuatu

Vanuatu’s archipelago of 82 islands are tricky to explore if based in a Port Vila resort, but so easy to discover by Cruise ship!

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1. Swim in the luminous Blue Hole

Surrounded by lush green mangrove forests and ginger lilies, brave kids can swing from a rope of an old Banyan tree into Vanuatu’s largest blue hole, Matevulu. Here the kids can snorkel in water so pure that the blue hole floor and friendly fish are visible 30 metres below. The luminous Matevulu Blue Hole is only 15 minute’s drive from Luganville. Princess Cruises are the only operator that stops in Espiritu Santo from Australia.

2. Play all day at exquisite Champagne Bay

With gentle waves lapping the powder white shores, effervescent turquoise water and a backdrop of low-lying mountains and rainforest, the Captain of the Sun Princess declared Champagne Bay put “The prettiest beach in the Pacific” and he’s right. But it has more than just looks. Feast on freshly caught shellfish, prepared beachside by local Ni-Vanuatu and sip the juice of a young coconut, as the kids build sandcastles under the shade of swaying palm trees. Kids can play all day at Champagne bay, snorkel off the beach, paddle in sea kayaks and outriggers or explore the local market. Off-beach excursions include fishing charters and horse riding.

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3. Scale a cascading waterfall

Family cruisers get the best of both worlds with a stop in Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila. Spend a day poolside overlooking tranquil Vila Bay or take the kids on a gentle walk through the rainforest to beautiful Mele Cascades Waterfall. Even the youngest kids can criss-cross slow flowing streams and clamber over rocks covered in tumbling water, before reaching the 30-metre falls. After navigating the boulders at the base of the falls, plunge into one of the waterfall pools to cool off. On the return journey, be sure to admire the gardens and translucent natural pools downstream.

4. Take advantage of a kids club wherever you go

Are the kids’ seconds from a meltdown? Or do you just fancy an uninterrupted warm meal and conversation? Take advantage of the free onboard kids club. Most astonishingly, the kids really want to go! And why wouldn’t they? With Princess Cruise’s Discovery at Sea program they can make clown fish, learn about whales or race air speed balloons - just a few of the Discovery Channel themed activities onboard. Grouped by age, the kids program includes: ice-cream and disco parties, video games, science experiments, competitions and prizes galore. Best of all, parents can escape on a romantic shore excursion, knowing kids are having fun with new friends.

5. Arrive on beautiful new islands with ease.

Only when cruising can families wake up at a different island, or even country, each day - with absolutely no effort. Princess Cruises also stop in stunning Lifou, New Caledonia where kids can practice French with the locals, swim with schools of fish at Jinek Bay Marine Park and learn to crack a coconut at the market. And that’s just before an onboard buffet lunch.

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Together we roam's Rene Young has travelled to 70 countries. When the Brisbane based blogger is not discovering Brisbane's street art, exploring Queensland or roaming the world with her five-year old son and three-year old daughter, she can be found indulging her love of reality TV.

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