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Pentecost Island has to be one of the most mysterious and evocative islands in the Pacific. Barely visited by outsiders, it has remained the kind of place you would read about in National Geographic.
The name Pentecost was given to the island by French explorer Louis de Bougainville on the day he sighted it in 1768. The ancestors of the present day Ni-Vanuatu living on Pentecost Island ‘island-hopped’ from New Guinea and Indonesia thousands of years ago.
Header photo © David Kirkland
English, Bislama and a number of other local dialects
Your ship will anchor offshore and the ship’s tender boats will provide a regular service to and from Homo Bay throughout the day.
Public transport is not available anywhere on the island, but don’t worry, you won’t need it.
Snacks and drinks can be purchased from locally operated stalls near the jetty. Alternatively, you can return to the ship via tender boat where lunch will be served as usual. Please check your Pacific Daily for timings. Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products or sandwiches to be taken off the ship, however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
Handicrafts are available for purchase from the stalls near the jetty. Any souvenirs that are made of plant material or animal products must be declared to quarantine authorities on arrival in Australia or New Zealand. Plant material such as certain seeds and animal products including feathers may be restricted or need to be treated at the owners’ expense on arrival in Australia or New Zealand. Bargaining is not customary in Vanuatu.
The climate in Pentecost is hot and humid. Fortunately it is refreshed by sea breezes and the occasional rain shower. Make sure you stay hydrated and sheltered from the sun.
Credit cards and charge cards are not accepted. Australian dollars are accepted but change may not be available. We recommend that you take small denominations of Australian dollars ashore.
There are no public telephones or internet access available in Pentecost. Mobile coverage may be available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home.
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat - and don’t forget your swimwear! You are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water and insect repellent. It’s also a good idea to take an umbrella. Please cover up when walking around the island. Nude or topless bathing is not permitted.
Check with the Shore Tours desk onboard for information on tour availability.
Coral is an extremely precious marine organism. In an effort to preserve its natural beauty and habitat please avoid touching it in all circumstances. Furthermore, just as with Australia’s beaches, blue bottles can visit occasionally in the summer months. During your time ashore we also ask that you dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.
Please ask permission before you take photographs of Ni-Vanuatu (indigenous people).