The Pentecost Island in Vanuatu is a tropical wonderland – where underground cave-pools, bright white sandy beaches, forest-covered mountains and small villages give a feeling of being transported back 500 years. Scuba-diving and snorkelling in its crystal-clear waters is a pleasure to be indulged in at every available opportunity.
But what Pentecost Island is world-famous for is its Naghol land-diving. It is said to be the spiritual birthplace of one of the most extreme adventure sports in the world, bungee jumping. Occurring from April to June as a protected event, visitors have to get permission from the local government to see this death-defying showmanship. Youths build a bamboo tower often stretching up to 100 feet in the air, then dive down to the ground with feet tied to tower by supple forest vines. The annual event takes place to ask for blessings for a prodigious yam harvest as well as to prove the young men’s virility. For a primitive tribal festival/ ritual, there are months of hard work and knowledge passed down for generations to ensure safety of the participants. At the very least, it is a jaw-dropping, once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.
Hideaway Holidays organises day-trips to the Pentecost Island in Vanuatu –the island that time forgot. Fill out the Enquiry Form to get our South Pacific Specialists working on your all-inclusive Vanuatu holiday or call us directly at 1300 991 751.