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Nagol/Pentecost Lad Diving
Held every Saturday throughout the months of April, May and June, the land diving is one of Vanuatu’s oldest traditions.
The ritual has evolved over many years, stripping a tall tree of its surrounding branches and building a tower of sticks to support the trunk. Local men then throw themselves in a bungee like style off the tower.
With various competitions held throughout the year, the waters off Vanuatu’s islands prove to be an haven for giant Marlin’s and a myriad of reef fish.
Fete de la Musique
A festive event held in June that fills the air with rhythm of local and international sounds never fails to draw a crowd.
Vanuatu Cultural Center & National Museum
A ‘must-see’ on your visit to Vanuatu, the National Museum is part of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, the role of which is to record and document the culture and cultural history of the numerous distinct cultural groups in Vanuatu.
It is also a focus for cultural performances and events, both traditional and contemporary. The permanent displays of the museum contains a large section of traditional artifacts, from masks and slit gongs to mats and scale models of outrigger canoes; as well as examples of pre-historic shells, fossils and pottery, and animals and birds from every island.
As well as a vibrant series of changing temporary exhibitions, there are daily screenings of video documentaries on aspects of the culture and history of Vanuatu.
Experienced staff and our fantastic tour guides are on-hand to give you a personal or group tour of the Museum’s extensive collection and performances in traditional ‘kastom’ skills such as sand-drawing, dance, bamboo flute, and story-telling.
The permanent displays of the museum contains a large section of traditional artifacts, from masks and slit gongs, to mats and scale models of outrigger canoes; as well as examples of pre-historic shells, fossils and pottery, and animals and birds from every island.
The collection at the Museum includes archaeological items, including artifacts used by the first people to settle these islands over 3000 years ago.
On display is also a wonderful and informative new display on World War II and the Condominium period; representation of the struggle for Independence; a new installation regarding ‘Ol Kenu Blong Vanuatu’ (the canoes of Vanuatu) which showcases hand-made canoes and sails made in the traditional manner; and historical and contemporary art.
Vanuatu, a tropical paradise is a land of diversity; coral seas, rainforest, tropical islands, and a haven for water sports.