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Port Vila harbour, Vanuatu

Vanuatu Open Water Swims 2017 (Port Vila)

Saturday, May 27, 2017 (key dates Wednesday, May 24-Monday, May 29)

Taste of Espiritu Santo

Monday, May 29 - Friday, June 2, 2017

Up to 10 days of varied, tropical swimming and adventuring in Vanuatu. In Port Vila, Vanuatu's capital, you swim around the famed Iririki Island in Port Vila Harbour. In Santo, we're changing the experience to offer you a sample of the best of Vanuatu's Adventure Island. Instead of Espiritu Santo Swim Week, we're offering A Taste of Espiritu Santo, a four-night/five day package offering an informal swim along some of the island's prettiest coastline, and a unique "jungle experience" excursion on the mysterious island of Aore.

Port Vila

In 2017, the Port Vila swim returns to Iririki Island Resort for start/finish and event functions. The formal swim runs on Saturday, May 27. Swim distance is c. 2.5km. We have negotiated very good deals for accommodation and event functions with two partner resorts in Port Vila - Warwick Le Lagon, and Moorings Hotel & Resort. They offer a range of quality, location and price. Those who book through also will gain access to exclusive functions, including a cocktail party on the shores of Port Vila Harbour, a fine dining dinner in one of Port Vila's best restaurants, and a visit to one of Port Vila's most luxurious spas.

Best dates to fly in are Wednesday, May 24, and out from Monday, May 29. We'll be flying Virgin through Brisbane to Port Vila, taking advantage of the airline's much friendlier schedules: we arrive mid-afternoon and depart late afternoon.

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Swim start, Port Vila

Port Vila program

  • Wednesday, May 24 - Fly in to Port Vila, settle in to your resort. We're planning to fly Virgin into Port Vila this time, taking advantage of much friendlier flight schedules. Dinner that night at one of Port Vila's finest restaurants, Wild Ginger (included)
  • Thursday, May 25 - Morning swim, Warwick le Lagon (tide dependent). At leisure during the day, followed by Harbour Cocktails in the evening, Moorings Hotel & Resort (included)
  • Friday, May 26 - Morning swim, Warwick le Lagon (tide dependent)
  • Saturday, May 27 - Iririki Island Swim
  • Sunday, May 29 - At leisure in Port Vila.

Port Vila Iririki Island Swim organisers are also expected to offer event functions. These are optional and can be paid for as necessary in Port Vila.

Port Vila packages

  • 5 nights accommodation, incl. buffet breakfast daily
  • Vanuatu Ocean Swim (Rossi to Rossi Swim) entry (associated optional event functions not included)
  • Dinner, Wild Ginger Restaurant, Warwick le Lagon Resort
  • Welcome dinner, Moorings Hotel & Resort
  • 60-minute massage, Oasis Spa, Warwick le Lagon Resort
  • Airport transfers
  • swimmer's back pack and silicone swim cap

These inclusions are available only to those who book their Port Vila stay through

Resort/Room Standard Cost from
Warwick le Lagon (May 24-29)  Based on Twin/Double share pp
Garden View $A1,817 (Sgl supp $A838)
Lagoon View $A1,963 (Sgl supp $A985)
Garden Bungalow $A2,072 (Sgl supp $A1,103)
These packages cover the core dates (five nights) for this event. We can vary any package to suit your needs. All packages are per person based on twin share, include breakfast and inclusions specified above. Single supplements indicated above. Packages are land content only. We are happy to advise on flight bookings, and to make bookings on your behalf should you wish. If you wish to take part in the Espiritu Santo leg of the Vanuatu swims, see info below.
Packages are kept under constant review and subject to change based on variations in exchange rates and component costs and Terms and Conditions

A Taste of Espiritu Santo

The Espiritu Santo interlude in 2017 is a four-night package including swimming from the beautiful Lonnoc Bay, around Champagne Reef to Timmy's Place, and a day excursion to the mysterious Aore Island to visit Freshwater Plantation, its cocoa plantation, its caves, and rainforest trek followed by lunch and a swim. We allow a day for you to choose your own adventure from the myriad options available, such as Millennium Cave, Santo Highlights and Blue Holes, and many more.

We have an array of accommodation options available in Luganville, Santo's capital.

This is a different style of experience from the last few years. Local swimmers are planning to run the Espiritu Santo Aore Swim on Thursday, June 1, which you can do as an option. Cost of this is still to be determined, but you can decide whether to take part in this when you arrive in Santo, if you like.

We recommend travelling to Luganville on Monday, May 29, ready for our Lonnoc Bay-Timmy's Place swim on Tuesday, and our plantation excursion on Wednesday. Local swimmers are running the Espiritu Santo-Aore Swim on the Thursday. Flights should be booked out from Santo from Friday, June 2, or later, if you'd like to stay longer and experience more of Vanuatu's Adventure Island.

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Blue Hole, Santo

Santo program

  • Monday, May 29 - Arrive Luganville, settle in to accommodation
  • Tuesday, May 30 - Swim Lonnoc Bay-Timmy's Place, visit/swim Santo Blue Hole
  • Wednesday, May 31 - Freshwater Plantation Excursion (Aore Island)
  • Thursday, June 1 - Espiritu Santo-Aore Swim (Luganville-Aore - run by locals this year, not included in package cost)
  • Friday, June 2 - Choose your adventure when you get to Santo
  • Saturday, June 3 - Depart Santo (or stay on if you like)

Santo packages

Resort/Room Standard Cost from
DecoStop Lodge Twin/Dble share or Single
Twin/Double Pp $A1,163


Family Pp Twin/Double (takes 3rd adult) $A1,215
The Espiritu  
Deluxe Balcony (a/c) (Pp Twin/Double) $A1,230
Deluxe Balcony (a/c) (Single) $A1,830
Standard (a/c) (Pp Twin/Double) $A1,143
Standard (a/c) (Single) $A1,655
These packages cover the core dates (four nights) for A Taste of Espiritu Santo Swim. We can vary any package to suit your needs. All packages are per person based on twin share, include breakfast, airport transfers, excursions. Package does not include entry to Espiritu Santo Aore Swim or post-swim lunch (optional). Packages are land content only. We are happy to advise on flight bookings. If you wish to take part in the Port Vila leg of the Vanuatu swims, see info above.
Packages are kept under constant review and subject to change based on variations in exchange rates and component costs and Terms and Conditions

Port Olry, Santo

Enquiries and bookings are your tour operators handling all your bookings in association with this tour.

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Aore Island Resort, Santo. Dawn.

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