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Bokissa Island, Vanuatu

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Vanuatu is a group of eighty-three islands in the Pacific, governed as an independent republic by its indigenous people. It's a place with a diverse custom and culture. The population is comprised of people from Melanesian, Polynesian, French, Chinese, Pacific Islander and Vietnamese backgrounds.

You can enjoy life's simple pleasures, with beaches that seem to improve as you go from one island to the next. Divers delight in the clear waters, reefs and shipwrecks. Naturalists adore the untouched forests, reefs and wonderful birdlife. Vulcanologists can't get enough of the many smoking peaks. This is one place that is really for everyone.

Many people go just to the capital, Port Vila, on the island of Efate, but for those who are seeking scuba diving amongst shipwrecks, marlin fishing, snorkelling, hammock siestas, seclusion and candlelit dinners, Bokissa might just fit the bill.

The coral island is a twenty minute ferry ride from Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu's largest island, and with just twenty-eight guests allowed at any one time, it's eco-friendly and seriously private. The island's seventy hectares are covered in thick, ancient and protected namalee trees. Some are more than 3000 years old and are so sacred only the island chief is permitted to touch them.

Shoes are optional, jackets and ties are not allowed and meals are served to the toll of the island drum.

The resort's centrepiece is a 25-metre freshwater pool with swim-up bar. The upper deck provides sea-gazing during the day and star-gazing at night.

Farés have absolute beach frontage and are air-conditioned if the nights are a little too balmy for comfort. Wood shutters regulate light and air and netting keeps mosquitoes where they should be. Each faré has an ensuite, vanity, minibar and can be configured for single accommodation up to quad-share.

A kayaking expedition along the Malo River is a popular activity. The shallow fresh water is full of fish and the river's depth and width constantly change. You pass under a low bridge built by Americans during WWII. From the saltwater lagoon the water slowly becomes fresh until you finally reach a magnificent blue lagoon. It's quite cold and about eight metres down in the centre is a bubbling natural spring.


The Vanuatu Island group in the South Pacific.


Bokissa Eco Island accommodation starts at $420 a couple per night. All meals and airport transfers are included.

Malo River Kayaking Tours are $70 per person. Lunch is included.

Pacific Blue has flights to Port Vila with limited seats that may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at May 25, 2006 and are subject to change.

Connections to Santo start at $310. Taxes are included.

One way fare from;

  • Brisbane, $255
  • Sydney, $305
  • Melbourne, $325
  • Perth, $409

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

For further information

Bokissa Eco Island
PO Box 69
Kurnell NSW 2231
Ph: (02) 9668 9024
Fax: 02 9668 9067

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