Ecotours – Bushwalking and Mountain Biking
Ecotour (Walking & Biking) began in November 2004 when Pascal Guillet left the French Embassy to follow his dream. A keen walker, mountain biker, tennis player and horse rider, he wanted to share his country of 12 years with people who have similar interests – so now, with a bus, a business licence, some bikes and a lot of enthusiasm (and insurance!) Vanuatu now has ecotours with a difference.
Pascal has negotiated with land owners to have access to rewarding trails for all levels of fitness for groups of 2 to 14 people and offers local knowledge, attention to detail and a lot of fun. Whether walking or biking, it is 100% safe and you can discover the flora and fauna in this previously untouchable paradise.
Tours can be tailor made to suit participants – they could include a sunset walk through a local garden to watch kava preparation and enjoy the taste inside an authentic nakamal with locals or a group of riders meeting up with their families at a private beach for a picnic.
For bushwalking or biking groups there is a variety of affordable, comfortable accommodation and with competitive airfares, this is a really affordable tropical adventure.
Bushwalking has finally come to Vanuatu! There’s always been the bush and the potential for great walking but until now the only really accessible walk has been the walk to Cascades Waterfall. While this is a rewarding experience, it is a much-beaten track.
Pascal offers 30 different itineraries for various levels of enthusiast and ideal for those who just want to escape and experience the true feeling of nature. These walks are from one hour to a full day for 2 to 14 walkers and may include exploring the jungle, local gardens, river walking, cascades, coconut plantations, sunset walks with kava tasting and bush BBQs (on request).
MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDING
Bicycle riding in Vanuatu can be dangerous – if you ride on the town roads! But get out in the bush and it’s a different story. Pascal has a number of off-road biking experiences on offer for weekend wanderers to fitness fanatics. There are 30 different tracks for all levels of fitness from one hour to a full day. Riders can explore coconut plantations, bush & rainforest landscapes, rivers and cascades. An air-conditioned bus can take bikers/bikes to the locations and remains as a support vehicle.
Bikes can be rented at reasonable rates:
- 1500 vatu for a half day
- 2000 vatu for a full day
- 9000 vatu for a week
Male, female and junior bikes are available.