Silversea Expedition Cruises To PENTECOST ISLAND

PENTECOST ISLAND
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Pentecost Island

Pentecost Island is a lush mountainous, tropical island stretching over 37 miles from north to south. It was named after the day on which the first European, Louis Antoine de Bougainville, sighted it on 22 May 1768. There are no towns on Pentecost - most of the islanders live in small villages and grow their own food in small gardens. Local traditions are strong, including the age-old ritual of land diving. This unique ritual was first given international exposure by David Attenborough in 1960. View more

Later, in the 1980s, New Zealander AJ Hackett used the idea to invent bungee jumping. Every harvest season from April to June, the people of southern Pentecost construct the towers around a lopped tree, using saplings and branches held together with forest vines. It can take up to five weeks to complete. Each young man who jumps must carefully select his own liana vine. Men and boys as young as seven jump from platforms at different heights (between30 and 90 feet) with only those vines attached to their ankles. The intention is to touch the ground with their heads or shoulders. This ceremony is believed to ensure a good yam harvest. It is also a fertility rite for men.

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LAUTOKA To CAIRNS
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    Mar 18 2022
  • Duration
    14 Days
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    Silver Cloud
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Mystical Rituals and More

Witness the extraordinary, heart-stopping, land dives that tropical Pentecost Island is famous for. Sir David Attenborough first brought this extraordinary ritual to the world's attention, as he witnessed the courageous leaps from rickety, 30-metre-tall towers of tree branches and jungle vines. Witness the same event that was specially performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Vanuatu. Participants leap with just a vine tied around their ankles, aiming to touch the ground with their heads. The ritual is said to improve the yam harvest and is a rite of passage for the island's young men. Known locally as nanggol, this extraordinary human ceremony inspired the practice of bungee jumping, and few are privileged enough to ever see it first-hand.

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“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.