About the Tour
This tour is limited to 8 guests.
Join multi award winning photographer, Ignacio Palacios on an unforgettable photography adventure.The beautiful Melanesian nation of Vanuatu stretches across 1,300km of the South Pacific Ocean with the archipelago comprising of more than 80 islands, dotted along an invisible north to south line, located to the east of Australia. Remote islands with active volcanoes, indigenous tribes and a history of cannibalism sounds like something straight out of a story book, yet Vanuatu offers all that and more. The perfect island escape where time stands still.
The highlights of the tour are Tanna Island, Mt Yasur and the Land Diving Festival in Pentecost Island.
The Land Diving ritual is associated with the annual yam harvest and is performed annually in the months of April, May or June. A good dive helps ensure a bountiful yam harvest. The villagers believe Land Diving can enhance the health and strength of the divers. A successful dive can remove the illnesses and physical problems associated with the wet season. Considered as an expression of masculinity, Land Diving demonstrates the boldness that has always been associated with the ‘bwahti’ or warrior. Nevertheless, the men who do not choose to dive or back out of diving are not humiliated in any way. In the Sa language, gol refers to both the tower and the land dive. The tower symbolically represents a body with a head, shoulders, breasts, belly, genitals and knees. The diving platforms represent the male genitals whilst the struts beneath represent the female genitals.