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10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
I love Luganville Or Santo as it is otherwise known, there are a lot of great options to get out and see or do but this time around I made some bad choices and what should have been our best port ended up the worst. Our first bad choice ... Read More
I love Luganville Or Santo as it is otherwise known, there are a lot of great options to get out and see or do but this time around I made some bad choices and what should have been our best port ended up the worst. Our first bad choice was our driver, throughout Vanuatu I generally negotiate a driver for $100 Au for the day and offer a tip for good service, I will also look after them buying drinks, lunch and other gifts and within reason I dont have a problem with them going off to get some other fares while we are doing something else so long as it doesn't encroach on what we are doing. this time around after agreeing to the price the driver started to introduce new fees such as having us pay extra if we wanted to go to champagne bay, in hindsight I should have gotten out there and found a new driver, its not that he ended up trying to get more money from us but he certainly was hungry to get other fares which left us waiting for him. My next bad choice was to go to the Riri Blue Hole, its a spectacular blue hole where you can get a canoe from the road upstream to the blue hole, something i had done and enjoyed before but my Daughter missed out on that occasion so I figured we would start our day by doing that this time, when we got there the canoes had been completely booked out so we went straight to the blue hole, when we first arrived there was maybe 20 other people there, busy but not overly busy but the people just kept on turning up to the point where it had maybe 200 people there, having been at the same place by ourselves in the past, its much better when its quiet. Our driver asked how long before we wanted to move on and went off to get another fare and came back with 2 more customers to share our ride, we were ready to move on as they arrived so we ended up waiting by the car for 45 minutes before moving on. Next port of call was the ship, my wife wasn't feeling so good but the kids still wanted to do more so we dropped her off and went into town for a meal From there our driver went off to pick up his other passengers who he dropped off along the way but not before asking for payment because he needed petrol, again, my mistake, I should have said no or at least given only some petrol money, In my defence we were in walking distance to the ship so i was comfortable we were not about to get stranded if he were not to come back, we agreed that he would pick us up at 1 oclock to move onto our next destination. We looked at the very expensive menu and picked out some food, a pizza, a local beer and 2 cans of soft drink, prices were in vatu and it should have been about $35 AU but they figured they should round up to $40, I wasn't going to argue over $5 but seeing as the prices were already inflated it did put me off and stopped me from ordering more. We ate the pizza, drank our drinks and walked around the markets until it was time to get picked up but no driver, we waited another 10 minutes but I figured on counting it as a bad day and we walked back to the ship disappointed Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Took taxi to million dollar point which was fascinating, canoed riri river and local blue hole, went to water dance cultural centre. Great day.
Took taxi to million dollar point which was fascinating, canoed riri river and local blue hole, went to water dance cultural centre. Great day. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We hired a taxi for the day $100.00 for four people he was excellent he took us to all the main places and more he even took us to a great resort to have coconut crabs for lunch great value for money we will definitely do it this way again
We hired a taxi for the day $100.00 for four people he was excellent he took us to all the main places and more he even took us to a great resort to have coconut crabs for lunch great value for money we will definitely do it this way again Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
First time here only went for walk through town, seems to be bit more investment in this city with new port building going up catering for cruises . Will definitely return . Some other cruisers went on excursions and recommended blue hole ... Read More
First time here only went for walk through town, seems to be bit more investment in this city with new port building going up catering for cruises . Will definitely return . Some other cruisers went on excursions and recommended blue hole and million dollar point. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
When,t out and about with a local taxi ,good value and took us to the main go to spots
When,t out and about with a local taxi ,good value and took us to the main go to spots Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Arrived Sunday, nothing open, only activity is to stroll the native market and walk into the main street of town which looks like every other run down street in third world countries.
Arrived Sunday, nothing open, only activity is to stroll the native market and walk into the main street of town which looks like every other run down street in third world countries. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Took a local taxi from Main busy Rd, for 100 kina per hour $19 Australian. Drove out to Turtle beach, paid the locals $3 each for the right to swim on their beach, then enjoyed this beautiful setting with only two other couples around. On ... Read More
Took a local taxi from Main busy Rd, for 100 kina per hour $19 Australian. Drove out to Turtle beach, paid the locals $3 each for the right to swim on their beach, then enjoyed this beautiful setting with only two other couples around. On the drive back to town we stopped at a local roadside BBQ selling fish, Chicken, and local foods. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Not such a good port but we hired a local taxi and he took us to the Blue Hole and then onto a beachside resort. We had a lovely day despite being stung by a swarm of hornets.
Not such a good port but we hired a local taxi and he took us to the Blue Hole and then onto a beachside resort. We had a lovely day despite being stung by a swarm of hornets. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Again it was just lovely to experience the culture and people of this Island.
Again it was just lovely to experience the culture and people of this Island. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Went ashore but due to very heavy rain were unable to do much so returned to ship.
Went ashore but due to very heavy rain were unable to do much so returned to ship. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We didn't really do much at the city ports since we didn't go on a shore tour or charter a taxi; it's possible to walk to Luganville from the port, though it's not altogether a pleasant walk with the sun and the rocky ... Read More
We didn't really do much at the city ports since we didn't go on a shore tour or charter a taxi; it's possible to walk to Luganville from the port, though it's not altogether a pleasant walk with the sun and the rocky surfaces. We did find some nice clear water, though we didn't take out all the gear to snorkel, just sat and waded a little. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
Luganville is a small little town. When you arrive by ship they close off the road and it's flanked by market stands. You'll see the same stuff that you will see in Champagne Bay and Port Vila. We stumbled upon the Custom ... Read More
Luganville is a small little town. When you arrive by ship they close off the road and it's flanked by market stands. You'll see the same stuff that you will see in Champagne Bay and Port Vila. We stumbled upon the Custom Village which is just up the hill from the Cruise Wharf which was worth the $10 entry to try some Kava and watch some dancing and water music. I would advise booking a tour or excursion in Luganville as there isn't much to see on foot. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2015
Louganville was surprisingly excellent. We hired a driver and went to a Blue Hole, had lunch (Australia Day special) at a nice little resort, canoed the rhi rhi river, and snorkelled at a small beach near million dollar point and saw all ... Read More
Louganville was surprisingly excellent. We hired a driver and went to a Blue Hole, had lunch (Australia Day special) at a nice little resort, canoed the rhi rhi river, and snorkelled at a small beach near million dollar point and saw all the dumped WWII equipment. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Pre-booked Millenium Cave Tours and it was the highlight of the trip. You must have reasonable fitness, especially to make it back to the ship with plenty of time to spare. The views & experience are unparralleled but due to the time ... Read More
Pre-booked Millenium Cave Tours and it was the highlight of the trip. You must have reasonable fitness, especially to make it back to the ship with plenty of time to spare. The views & experience are unparralleled but due to the time and risk involved we would not do the tour again. We had one guide and one porter to ourselves and there are more to assist if you have a larger group. Exceptional experience and it is run by locals not ex-pats so you can feel better the money goes back to the people. Read Less

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