The Land Divers of Pentacost IslandSee the origin of bungee jumping in Vanuatu
After a short flight south from Vanuatu's main island Efate and a slightly longer boat ride along Pentacost Island's wild coastline we arrive at an unspoiled beach with a small opening in the trees. There are only a handful of other travellers wandering through and up a well worn path to sit within the shadows of a near thirty metre high wooden tower.
The villagers have gathered for the Nagol (an ancient local land diving ritual that gave birth to the world wide bungee craze) and are chanting and swaying as one of the villagers, wearing nothing more than a penis gourd, climbs his way to the top.
There he stands and proclaims all his wants and grievances before leaping outwards and down towards the earth. The vines are supple at this time of year but they still crack as they snap the land diver forward. His head only slightly grazing the dirt, bringing good luck for the coming yam harvest.
It is an extraordinary spectacle!
An 8 hour day tour to Pentacost Island costs around US $450.00 including a short flight with Air Taxi Vanuatu.
It’s a small plane flight, a short boat ride and a quick walk through the jungle to where the Naghol takes place. Not too difficult but is easily a full day.
Well worth it for an experience like this!
The Tour departs Saturdays from April to June and includes:
- Airport/Resort transfers (within Port Vila)
- Scenic flight past Lopevi Volcano and over Ambrym Island’s two active volcanoes (weather permitting) Our tip – get a window seat!
- All Pentecost Island transfers
- Naghol entry fee
- Return scenic flight over Cook’s Reef