Carnival Australia launched its first ever shore excursions itinerary on one of the South Pacific’s most mysterious islands – Mystery Island in Vanuatu.
Guests can now try four new adventures including a glass bottom boat tour, a guided snorkel safari on the reef, a glass bottom kayak tour and standup paddleboarding along the bays of Mystery Island to nearby Aneityum where the local community lives.
Cultural tours through Aneityum’s Anelghowhat village will soon be available. The highlights include a visit to a fish bone hut and the ruins of the Presbyterian church, where missionary John Geddie helped bring an end to cannibalism.
Carnival has been consulting with the local community to ensure sustainable tourism.
Carnival Australia Destinations Director Michael Mihaijilov said cruise ships have been calling at Mystery Island for three decades but due to a lack of resources, touring the area was a challenge.
“It has been a long road developing these excursions and providing the necessary resources to the community to manage them but we’re very excited about what the tours mean for the people of Aneityum and their beautiful cruise port Mystery Island.
“We are passionate about working with the island communities we visit to create a sustainable tourism success story so that cruise ships visits deliver a positive experience for all.”
Mystery Island is the line’s most popular South Pacific destination.