Points of Interest
- Notre Dame de Lourdes Chapel
Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.
This engaging half-day tour starts with a picturesque drive across the island in. You'll be delighted by the vibrant greens and blues of tropical foliage and aquamarine water that you'll see along the way. Wind your way through Easo Village, which borders the crystalline waters of Baie de Santal. Keep an eye out for Notre Dame de Lourdes, a historic chapel with a regal iron statue of "Our Lady of Lourdes" looking out from its rooftop. Constructed in 1898 by Catholic missionaries, this rustic church sits nestled atop the area's lush cliffs, which plunge dramatically down to the water below. The view from the cliffs and the gorgeous beach they surround comprise one of the island's prettiest destinations.
Continue traveling along leafy, tree-lined roads as your guide, a cheerful local, happily shares interesting facts about the island. Journey to Xepenehe, a seaside settlement with hand-carved totems near the shore and an arching white bridge that spans jagged rocks. Here and in the next village, the enchanting area of Komo, marvel at traditional Melanesian homes and their cheerful, blooming gardens, which thrive thanks to the tropical climate. In Wé, the administrative seat of the island, watch for a traditional meeting hut with its thatched roof and curving, beehive-like walls, along with small restaurants, snack bars and an open-air market that conducts business just a few mornings a week.
The main draw of Wé, however, is Luecila Beach, which sits just a hop, skip and a jump up the shore along the mesmerizing Baie de Chateaubriand. A picture-perfect stretch of smooth, sparkling white sand bordered by thick, tropical foliage and soaring palms, Luecila offers a pristine paradise, unspoiled by development. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink of fresh coconut then savor time to truly kick back, soak up the sun and stroll along the silky smooth sand as the clear, turquoise water laps at the shore. Take in the endlessly blue horizon and the way the island gently curves to form this idyllic swimming lagoon. Be sure to wear your swimsuit under your clothes and bring a towel, hat and sunscreen so you can fully enjoy this gorgeous destination. Also bring bottled water so you can stay hydrated as you revel in the South Pacific sun.
After about an hour and a half, enjoy a relaxing return trip to port, thoughts of this refreshing respite still dancing through your mind. Before reboarding the ship, quickly comb through stalls featuring locally made crafts, souvenirs and artwork, all of which make excellent mementos to commemorate this serenely beautiful day.
Special Notes:Motorcoaches are neither air-conditioned nor equipped with microphones. Local escorts and students will act as guides. What they may lack in professional skills is made up by their local knowledge, friendliness, and enthusiasm.
Restroom facilities may be rustic.
Wear your swimsuit under your clothes and bring a towel, hat and adequate sun protection.
Child Price:12 years & under only
Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.