Carnival launches tours to Mystery Island

By ,   February 18, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Carnival Australia announced it had launched the first shore excursions at Vanuatu’s Mystery Island.

Cruise passengers will have the chance to try four different experiences during a visit to the destination, including a guided snorkel safari on the reef, stand up paddleboarding, a glass bottom boat tour over the aqua waters and a glass bottom kayak excursion.

Two additional tours to Aneityum’s Anelghowhat village will be soon available with highlights including a visit to the ruins of Presbyterian church (missionary John Geddie helped ending cannibalism there), and a visit to a fish bone hut.

Aneityum is located in the southernmost province Tafea, and is known as the “last island in Vanuatu”

Michael Mihajlov, destinations director for Carnival Australia, said that cruise ships had been calling at Mystery Island for 30 years, but tours had only just been introduced because of the absence of satellite communications, fuel supply, suitable management and insurance coverage.

Another obstacle had been getting the recreation equipment there. According to Mihajlov, kayaks and paddle boards had been carried progressively to Mystery island on Carnival and P&O Cruises ships. Holland America Line and Princess will also offer Mystery Island tours.

Carnival Cruise Line passengers became the first to try paddleboarding, snorkel safari and glass bottom boat when Carnival Spirit called at the Mystery Island last Friday.

Carnival Vice President Australia & New Zealand Jennifer Vandekreeke said that Mystery Island was the most popular South Pacific destination of the line and these tours would make it more appealing.