Pentecost Island is among the 83 islands making up the South Pacific nation Vanuatu. The island covers a total area of approx 490 km2 (190 ml2) and has a population of around 16,840 people (2009 census).
- Pentecost Island lies 190 km (120 ml) north of the capital Port Vila. The island is popular as Pentikos in Bislama and Pentecote in French. In its native languages Pentecost Island was known by names like Vanu Aroaroa, though these names aren't in common use today. It has also been referred to as Araga or Raga, a tribal name originating in the north but is currently widely applied to the whole isle. In old sources it's also referred to as Whitsuntide.
- Pentecost has no real towns. Most islanders live in tiny rural villages and survive by growing cash crops and subsistence agriculture. Taro, which is a root vegetable suited to the wet climate of Pentecost, is the staple food. Island's houses are traditionally built from local wood and bamboo, thatched with natanggura leaves (a variety of palm). Wealthier islanders build their houses instead of using imported corrugated metal and cement.
- Pentecost Island has 2 airports, Sara Airport in the north and Lonorore in the south-west, with small airplanes landing 2 or 3 times per week. Lonorore was upgraded with a new tarmacked airstrip in 2008-2009, capable of handling bigger aircraft and operating in wet conditions.
- Cargo vessels sailing between Luganville and Port Vila supply the west coast of Pentecost Island, although few ships call at the east coast, where the population is sparse and sea conditions are rough.
- A rutted dirt road runs from island's north to the south-west, and another road links Salap located in the south-west to Ranwas which is in the south-east. However, a lot of villages are accessible only via mountain footpaths.
- Pentecost receives regular calls from yachties, anchoring at the villages of Panngi, Loltong and Waterfall. Panngi also features a jetty that is capable of receiving cruise liners, that make occasional visits during land-diving season.
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Pentecost Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Pentecost Island dock (anchor) at Panngi on the western coast.
The Pentecost Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Pentecost Island, Vanuatu.
If you lose the Pentecost Island location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Pentecost Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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