Silversea Expedition Cruises A 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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Excursões em PENTECOST ISLAND

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Go ashore on Pentecost island to witness the incredible spectacle of daring young men diving headfirst from a tower connected by lengths of natural vine, in a ceremony meant to welcome the yam harvest.


Enjoy a welcome from local school children as they sing to greet you to this special place. Hike to the viewing point and prepare to be astounded by the bravery of the young men of Pentecost as they dive - head-first - from a 30-meter tower over the bare earth.


This dramatic ceremony takes place only during the months of April to June. This is because it is the period when the vines have the right moisture content to be flexible enough to take the impact of the fall.


At the same time this ceremony welcomes in the yam harvest and is a celebration for the whole village who turn out in traditional costume to dance and chant whipping the atmosphere into an excited frenzy of dance, activity and noise.


Watch the dance performance and land diving and learn all about the Pentecost customs and traditions. After your visit, return to the ship.

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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.