Sailaway Cruises over the last 30 years has found a relaxing way to combine sailing, snorkelling and scuba diving on its full day cruise. We don’t offer Scuba instruction, so can concentrate on taking qualified divers to legendary dive sites including Hat Island, Paul’s Rock & Turtle Reef. Well-travelled divers and underwater photographers tell us that these North Efate Island sites have healthy coral reefs and marine-life comparable to the better sites in the world.
Recent cyclones and coral-bleaching events have had minimal impact on coral reefs in this area and COTs culling programs with volunteer divers a few years ago prevented reef-systems from being eaten out.
The Sailaway dive boat is the comfortable 42 ft trimaran GOLDEN WING operating from a mini-marina in Havannah Harbour and sailing into the pristine World Heritage Site area bounded by Lelepa & Hat islands and Turtle Reef (Mangaliliu).
The sites we visit are such that where divers can slip over the drop-offs to see huge fan corals, swim through tunnels lined with soft corals and interact closely with fish & turtles, their non-diving partners or family members can enjoy snorkelling on the adjacent colourful shallower reefs teeming with fish.
The full day, starts with bus pickups from Port Vila hotels at 8am and return about 5.30pm. Lunch, morning and afternoon teas are provided and use of snorkel gear.
Diving is a low-cost optional-extra for tank, weights & dive guide. Bring your own dive gear or we hire BCD, Regulator & wetsuit. We have 3 x snorkel stops on the day and you can do either 1 or 2 dives & decide on the day. But you must present your Certification-card.
You’ll find further info on the boat and itinerary by going to the CRUISES heading on this VTO website.
Trip Advisor gives you an indication of where our priorities lie - sailing, snorkelling and diving and enjoying a casual ambiance on board as we sail or motor-sail between stops. Healthy lunch too.