Blue Holes

Nanda Blue Holes Near Turtle Bay Lodge, Santo, Vanuatu


There are 2 delightful blue holes within kayaking distance of Turtle Bay Lodge.

Matevulu Blue Hole is nearest to Turtle Bay Lodge and has a spectacular rope swing accessed by a ladder up an enormous banyan tree. You can kayak to this blue hole from Turtle Bay Lodge. Hire a single kayak for 1500VT or a double for 2500VT and allow half a day to get there and back and enjoy the blue hole itself.
Note that all Blue Holes require entry fees, but your entry fee to Matevulu is covered by Turtle Bay Lodge as part of your kayak hire.

Matevulu Ble Hole near to Turtle Bay Lodge
Matevulu Blue Hole, Santo, Vanuatu

Ri Ri Blue Hole is a little further south of Matevulu Blue Hole. You can also kayak to this one but you’ll spend more time on Peterson Bay and less time in the river as it’s a much shorter river. Some days the bay is glassy but on other days the wind can make it a tougher trip! The Ri Ri Blue Hole has a nice selection of wooden decks and seats. The owners also offer a custom experience where you can travel up the river in a dugout canoe – you’ll see the canoes stored near the bridge as you pass on your way to Turtle Bay Lodge.

The Nanda Blue Hole, also known as Jackie’s Blue Hole, is about 6km north of Turtle Bay Lodge. It features a delightful deck built over the water and there are usually quite a lot of fish swimming underneath.
The secret Blue Hole, adjoins Nanda Blue Hole and offers a fantastic diving platform.

All the blue holes are lovely and well worth visiting. Take your goggles and snorkels as there are freshwater fish in each of them. Most days you’ll have the blue holes to yourself but if you arrive on cruise ship day you’ll share it with about 500 people and a string band, which is also fun!

Jackies Blue Hole, Turtle Bay Lodge, Santo, Vanuatu
Jackie's blue hole, Santo, Vanuatu

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