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Address: Jetty at Cafe du Village, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Phone Number:
+678 777 3303
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10:30 - 14:30
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:30 - 14:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

The Reef Explorer is the only semi-submersible vessel of its kind in...

The Reef Explorer is the only semi-submersible vessel of its kind in Vanuatu, providing an all-in-one unique experience of being in a submarine and glass bottom boat. Our crew will take you on a tour of Port Vila Harbour with views of the city from the water as you weave through the coral bommies. See breathtaking coral outcrops and tropical fish from the viewing room in the keel of the boat. You will then moor off Iririki Island where you can snorkel and hand feed the fish.

All snorkelling gear is provided. Suitable for all ages.

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Snorkelling and looking at the colorful fish

I'd recommend this attraction to people who would like to look at the colorful fish and also snorkel. Staff was very helpful and friendly. All the equipment was available and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 December 2016
Mateusz Ż
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Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

I'd recommend this attraction to people who would like to look at the colorful fish and also snorkel. Staff was very helpful and friendly. All the equipment was available and the price is reasonable.

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Thank Mateusz Ż
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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92 reviews
85 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Went on semi semerge where you could see all the beautiful coral and fish free to use was snorkel and flippers yo snorkel where you could see fish from top of water and amazing views from under the water

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Thank Straittford-Miller
Brisbane
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96 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Took this tour and was definite not disappointed. Departure times Mon-Sat 10:30 and 2pm. You take the lane way down to the jetty T Cafe du Village next to he Grand Hotel & Casino. Tour lasts about 1.5 hours . Cost is 3500 vat for adults, child under 12 2500vat or family pass 2 adults and two children 10,000vat. Children... More 

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2 Thank BrissieChook
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Had a wonderful tour of the coral reef courtesy of Marcus on the Reef Explorer. The boat goes out twice a day, for approximately one and a half hours, and my husband and I were the only ones on the afternoon cruise. We loved checking out the reef in the underwater submarine section, and then my husband was able to... More 

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1 Thank Donna A
Wauchope, Australia
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

Went out on this boat with my husband and some friends, what a great tour! The guys running it are friendly and knowledgeable about the best snorkelling places. The boat is semi-submersible so you can sit underneath and look out the windows straight into the water, the fish and coral are amazing! We stopped and snorkelled for about half an... More 

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Thank MellyB1810
Perth, Australia
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308 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

The reef explorer leaves from right down town, easy to get to. The craft is small so is good for small groups, but the tour is excellent. You only travel a short distance to the first of the coral, and what a sight great coral and plenty of fish. After visiting maybe 6 or 8 locations we 'moored at' a... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

We had an amazing time snorkeling from the boat. If you do not want to snorkel you can always look through the glass bottom boat. young and old a alike will enjoy

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Thank Lynne B
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

Terrific fun for kids - and a great price [$100 for a family of 4]: make sure you ask for that option. Good quality snorkelling gear. Warning: if a passenger liner comes in to Port Vila on the day you have booked, make sure - before you leave your hotel - that you are still booked on the tour! We... More 

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1 Thank TravellingJs
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

My husband and I took our two young boys (baby and toddler) on this tour and all had a sensational time. The reef explorer is centrally located in Port Villa however be aware that the new docking location is different to the brochure due to cyclone Pam damage. The viewing from the glass keel was great and our boys really... More 

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Thank Alanna O
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2015

If you don't have much time in Port Vila this is a great experience. It was ideal for my husband and me as he does not like to get wet and I love to snorkel, so he very much enjoyed being 'under' the water in the bottom of the boat while I was able to have fun with the fish!... More 

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