Discover the Island

Discover the Island

Espiritu Santo offers a unique and genuine Island experience for travellers who want to get off the beaten track. One of Vanuatu’s tropical jewels, the island of Espiritu Santo is the biggest island in the Vanuatu archipelago. It is commonly known as ‘Santo’. There are no crowded streets, high buildings or haggling street sellers; instead Santo remains a peaceful and idyllic spot where traditional island life can be experienced.

The island is characterised by a wild and rugged beauty; tropical, impenetrable jungle, stunning beaches, picture perfect rivers and small traditional villages where the residents live as they have for countless generations. Here you’ll find simple, outdoor kitchens with dirt floors, meals cooked over open fires and the happiest smiles you’ve ever seen.

Kava is a drink from the South Pacific made from the roots of the Kava (also sometimes called “Kava-Kava”) plant, Piper methysticum, meaning “Intoxicating pepper.” If you plan on drinking a couple of “shells” of Vanuatu kava while on holiday (it’s traditionally served in half coconut shells.)

Because the traditional origins of Vanuatu kava go back more than 3,000 years! It’s an integral part of Vanuatu “kastom” rituals and drinking the right kava in the right place at the right time can result in an almost spiritual experience

Santo is still famous for it’s wreck diving on the Coolidge.You can still dive this incredible wreck that caters for both novices and the most experienced divers. Turtle Bay Lodge does not operate this dive as it concentrates on the hidden wonders of the East Coast dive sites.

If you’re looking for a trekking adventure then look no further than the Millenium Cave or Mount Hope Tour. A day out at the Millenium Cave is a life long experience. It’s an ever changing environment depending on how much rain we have recently had as you traverse through the cave of water by torchlight, float down the river and climb the rope ladders at the other side. Not for the feint hearted.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Our local staff have a wealth of experience and knowledge that they are eager to share with our guests at Turtle Bay. They love to introduce guests to their tradition of kava; a local drink to share stories at the end of the day with friends. We’ll take you out to the local villages, a real Vanuatu experience.

If you want to explore even further afield, head up inland and pass through untouched local villages towards Big Bay in the North and the village of Matantas. You’ll pass by exquisite rainforest and villages from yesteryear.

At Turtle Bay Lodge we aim to make your stay as memorable as we possibly can. We are a small and independant resort and are flexible in our thinking. Whatever the holiday you’re looking for, we’ll try and guide you to this end.
Get in touch, let us know your dates, email with everything you want to know, and remember we’re only two and a half hours from Brisbane!

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