Luganville cruises destination information
|Luganville itinerary and upcoming sailing dates|
|Dec 16, 2019||Fiji Adventure, 12 nights||from $3858|
|Dec 17, 2019||Discover Vanuatu Christmas, 10 nights||from $3126|
|Jan 6, 2020||EXC In-Depth Pacific Treasures, 14 Nights||from $3005|
|Apr 13, 2021||Discover Vanuatu, 10 nights||from $4159|
|Jan 19, 2021||South Pacific, 11 nights||from $2692|
|Feb 13, 2021||South Pacific, 12 nights||from $2874|
|Dec 1, 2020||South Pacific, 10 nights||from $3244|
|Mar 13, 2021||South Pacific, 10 nights||from $2696|
|Jan 6, 2020||Fly Stay EXC In-Depth Pacific Treasures, 2 Nights Hotel and 14 Nights Cruise||from $2375|
|Jan 6, 2021||South Pacific, 13 nights||from $4200|
|Oct 18, 2020||South Pacific, 10 nights||from $3824|
|Dec 18, 2020||South Pacific, 8 nights||from $2871|
|Dec 26, 2020||South Pacific, 9 nights||from $3249|
|Feb 6, 2021||South Pacific, 14 nights||from $5178|
|May 3, 2021||Discover Vanuatu, 11 nights||from $2755|
|Jan 6, 2020||EXC In-Depth Pacific Treasures and New Zealand Navigator Collector, 28 Nights||from $6091|
|Jan 18, 2020||Bohemian Paradise, 10 nights||from $17012|
|Feb 11, 2020||From Rivera to Hemingway, 10 nights||from $16718|
|Feb 11, 2020||Island Escapades, 20 nights||from $32124|
|Mar 2, 2020||Yucatan Adventures, 10 nights||from $14072|
The Stunning Main Port of Luganville
Luganville, called "Santo" by people from Vanuatu's northern islands who use Luganville as their big city, and called "Kanal" (from the French Segond Canal) by rural residents of the large island of Espiritu Santo, is the second largest city in Vanuatu. Luganville is one of Vanuatu's busiest ports.
Luganville has a main market place in town - and several small markets around town - which are popular with inexpensive local foods, fruits, vegetables and drinks. The transportation in Luganville has changed dramatically and improved immensely. There are considerable numbers of taxis, buses, and public transport trucks providing service in and around town.
Cruise Port: What to do in Luganville
Those on cruises that stop at Luganville often use the city as more of a launchpad than a destination, but cruisers can still linger here to browse the markets, enjoy a meal at one of Luganville's restaurants or head slightly out of town to one of the cultural villages for a taste of local heritage.
Cruises in Luganville dock at the Main Wharf near the town centre. There are several different options for transport, depending on your plans. Some tour operators may pick you up directly from here, otherwise it's easy to catch a taxi wherever you're planning to go.
The Vanuatu vatu is the official currency accepted in Luganville. If you've stopped somewhere like Port Vila before calling in to Luganville, you may already have had a chance to get your hands on some of the local currency, but if not that's okay: there are ATMs in Luganville where you can withdraw cash, and banks where you're able to exchange dollars for vatu. There are a very small number of shops which will accept Australian dollars but most will not, and outside of the city the vatu is the only accepted currency. You'll find that a number of establishments in the city will also accept credit cards but it's best to have some cash on hand to be on the safe side.
Local life and language
Getting to know the locals is always a highlight for cruisers on Vanuatu holidays. Known as the Ni-Vanuatu, they have a reputation as an extremely welcoming people. There are a handful of things to remember though in order to ensure a smooth and pleasant social experience:
- Haggling is not an accepted practice here, even at markets, so just stick with the displayed price. Conveniently for Down Under cruisers, tipping is not expected either.
- Forthright and even personal questions aren't considered rude, so take it all in your stride and answer vaguely if you prefer.
- Be aware that if you're particularly conscious of your personal bubble, people in Vanuatu might not share your concept of personal space - although physical contact between unrelated people of the opposite sex is still considered inappropriate.
- If you're not at the beach or a pool, it's recommended not to dress too provocatively, as society here is relatively conservative.
Vanuatu's national language is Bislama, an English-based creole language, but knowledge of Bislama is not required for those on a cruise to Luganville. Both English and French are also national languages and those who interact with tourists on a regular basis will have a working knowledge of English.
What to do in Luganville
Head to market
There's no better way to get an authentic taste of what Luganville has to offer than heading to the markets. Not only is the a great spot to pick up something that will help you remember Luganville long after your cruise is done, but it's also one of the best places to pick up a cheap yet tasty meal - the Market Meal Booths are a popular choice for those in the know.
Browse the boutiques
There are two main kinds of shops that those on a cruise to Luganville can discover: there are the general stores that contain everything from basic groceries to hardware items, and there are the tourist boutiques. While you probably won't need anything from the general stores and the boutiques won't be of interest to everyone, but those keen to pick up a trinket or two should definitely pop in for a look.
Most of the attractions for folks on a cruise stopping in Luganville aren't actually in the city itself but can be reached via tours leaving from Luganville.
Organised vs self-guided
This isn't a dilemma that is unique to Luganville, but it is worth considering your options well before you set out on your Vanuatu holidays. With a cruise line operated tour, things will be easy and hassle free, not to mention you're guaranteed not to get left behind by your ship. On the other side of the coin, if you choose to go with a locally operated tour it's likely to be much cheaper and you'll have a greater variety of Luganville tours to choose from.
The trek to Millennium Cave will open your eyes to just how stunningly beautiful Vanuatu can be. It's not overly strenuous but moderate level of fitness is recommended as you'll be trekking through the jungle, down bamboo ladders and across creeks. The scenery along the way is utterly breathtaking, so bring your camera, hiking boots and clothes you don't mind getting dirty.
The island of Santo Espiritu is home to beautifully pristine â€œblue holesâ€: naturally occurring limestone freshwater springs which gleam remarkable shades of blue. Matevulu blue hole is only about 20 minutes away from the Luganville wharf, making it a popular choice with many cruisers. Ri Ri blue hole is a little further away but is considered one of the most gorgeous blue holes on the island, so it's also worth considering - be sure to look into the different tour options, and bring a little local cash to pay the landowners, as the majority of the blue holes are on private land.
Diving and Snorkeling
Scuba divers arriving in Luganville are spoiled for choice with amazing dive sites like Million Dollar Point and the wrecks of the SS President Coolidge and USS Tucker. If you don't have any dive experience though, don't worry - there are all kinds of snorkeling opportunities here as well! The sheltered Segond Channel will allow you to discover coral reefs, colourful fish and giant clams.
Whichever adventures you choose to embark on while your cruise is in Luganville, you're sure to leave with a new appreciation for the wonders that Vanuatu has to offer, and a hunger to return one day to this beautiful place.Cruises visiting Luganville
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