NC2V Rally

New Caledonia to Vanuatu - August 2018

discover a place that is both mystical and pure, as it was decades ago.

Vanuatu is a fantastic cruising destination that has plenty of unique experiences to offer the visiting yachts. The lovely people of Vanuatu are both warm and welcoming, in fact many of our past Go East Rally Participants have said that Vanuatu was the “highlight of their voyage.”

 What people seem to like most about Vanuatu are the outer/remote islands and communities that offer the visiting yachts experiences, second to none.


Vanuatu’s culturally rich, indigenous society exists in harmony among the stunning surrounding scenery. Vanuatu has two very accessible and active volcanoes, absolutely stunning natural beauty and scenery throughout the country, amazing waterfalls cascading from high cliffs into the sea, unique cultural spectacles, numerous pristine and unspoiled bays and anchorages to choose from as well as great fishing and diving.

In addition to and supporting the above, Vanuatu is well resourced to provide for all your practical needs…Vanuatu has excellent provisioning (some even say it’s the best in the Pacific).


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The purpose of the Down Under Rally "NC2V Rally" is to provide participants of our Go East Rally a hassle free entry into Vanuatu and allow them to get the most out of what will be a relatively short visit to the country.

The challenge for eastbound yachts wishing to visit Vanuatu is that the only port of entry south of Port Vila in the main island of Efate is at Lenakel which is on the western side of the island of Tanna. Lenakel is far from ideal as a port of entry as it offers no shelter from the prevailing wind and swell and is described in the rocket guide as being a "miserable cramped anchorage with poor holding" Port Resolution on the eastern side whilst not perfect and subject to being 'rolly' in developed swells from the east southeast is the far better and only other option. Port Resolution offers a much safer and more comfortable anchorage in all winds excepting those that come from from north of east. 

The Down Under Rally  has made arrangements for a limited number of yachts to be permitted to arrive in Vanuatu at Port Resolution on the island of Tanna and clear customs there before continuing onwards to Port Vila for immigration & biosecurity clearances. 

Vessels who join the NC2V Rally will have the opportunity to obtain full clearance into the country in the island of Tanna at Port Resolution which is otherwise not an official port of entry.

This then allows the vessels to explore the Vanuatu Group of islands from south to north to take advantage of the prevailing winds and enjoy more comfortable sailing conditions. 

To make this opportunity possible the Down Under Rally are partnering with Vanuatu Yacht services who will make all the arrangements for the inward clearance as well as some additional special experiences !


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  • 9th August. Outward clearance in Noumea will be carried out by Noumea Yacht Services on the 9th August
  • 10th August. Yachts will depart Noumea on 10th August and will be granted permission to anchor overnight in the south of the mainland
  • 11th August. Yachts will depart on the 230nm passage from New Caledonia (via Havannah Pass) to Port Resolution, Tanna Vanuatu on the 11th August.
  • 13th August. It is expected that all vessels will arrive in Port Resolution by the evening of the 13th August.
  • 14th August. Clearance into Vanuatu for yachts participating in the rally will commence on the morning of the 14th  August at 09:00. The clearance of all yachts is expected to be completed by 15:00 hours on the same day (subject to vessel numbers).
PLEASE NOTE: As always, the planned rally dates are subject to suitable weather conditions. The departure / arrival dates below are subject to change should the weather for the voyage and arrival at Port Resolution be deemed by the rally organisers to be unsuitable.  

Included in the rally entry fee OF $685.00 aud

  • Professional Weather Routing for the voyage from New Caledonia to Vanuatu will be provided to all participants.
  • Outward clearance from New Caledonia for the vessel and 2 adult crew members.
  • Inward Clearance into Vanuatu for the vessel and 2 adult crew members.
  • 4 Month Vanuatu Visitor Visa for 2 x adult crew members


$685.00 AUD 

Extra persons: Adults or children $120.00 pp. (Includes cost of 4 month Vanuatu Visitor Visa and agent fee for New Caledonia departure for each additional person on board)



In addition to the convenience of having all the arrangements in relation to Vanuatu entry formalities being taken care of, those who join the NC2V Rally can choose to participate in any or all of the following three Vanuatu experiences. 

1. Tanna Island Welcome Ceremony, Traditional Feast & Mt Yasur Volcano tour

After all the entry formalities have been taken care of and you have had a chance to rest up after the passage from New Caledonia join your fellow rally participants and the Tanna Island locals and begin your trip back in time.

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15th August

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  • Traditional Welcome Ceremony & Feast hosted by the local village at Port Resolution.
  • Mt Yasur Volcano Tour. Mt Yasur, considered to be the world’s most easily accessible active volcano has to be at the top of everyone’s bucket list who visits Vanuatu. An exciting but scenic truck ride followed by a short ten minute walk to the summit in the late afternoon yields a dramatic pyrotechnic display of awesome power and erupting lava as darkness falls

  • $200 per adult

  • $130 PER CHILD under 12

2. Erromango Experience

17th August. Participants will depart Tanna on the 55nm passage from Port Resolution, to Dillon`s Bay, Erromango Island Vanuatu on the 17th August.

It is expected that all vessels will arrive in Dillon`s Bay by the evening of the 17th August.

It is believed that Erromango was first settled by humans around 3,000 years ago. 

Whilst Erromango is the largest of the Vanuatu archipelago it is also one of the most sparsely populated and less developed island of the group.

Erromango contains numerous caves that provided refuge from tribal warfare and cyclones. Some of the caves contain rock art and petroglyphs that have been identified with clan motifs and traditional stories. Caves were also used as burial sites.


18th August

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  • Traditional Feast with the people of Erromango and discover the customs and traditions of this seldom visited island. 
  • Guided tour to the sacred Cave of Skulls, a large cave where Chief Mete and his two wives plus many others were laid to rest.


  • $70.00 Per Adult

  • $35.00 per child under 12

3. Port Vila - Welcome to the "The Big smoke" 

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20th August. Rally participants will depart Erromango Island on the 20th August for the 80nm passage to Port Vila.

21st August. It is expected that all vessels will arrive in Port Vila by the morning of the 21st August.

Vanuatu Yacht Services will be ready and waiting for you to arrive in Port Vila and will assist with arranging moorings or marina berths for all NC2V Rally participants. 

Port Vila is the harbour side capital and main hub of Vanuatu, on Efate island.

Port Vila is home to colourful market stalls selling produce and local handicrafts. The National Museum of Vanuatu, inside the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, displays artefacts such as slit-gong drums and outrigger canoes. The town is a base for diving and trips to Mele Cascades, a multi-tiered waterfall with rock pools in a rainforest which are not to be missed.

Port Vila is also the home of Down Under Rally partners Vanuatu Yacht Services who will provide you with the most relevant and current information needed to make the most of your time in Vanuatu.

There are many great and unique activities and events going on all the time in Vanuatu and Vanuatu Yacht services mission is to ensure that you get the information you need to make informed decisions about what to see, and how to get there.

Vanuatu Yacht Services can arrange tours for you from well known and trusted tour operators and ensure that you are not treated as just another tourist.

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    21st August 12:00 noon.

    • Welcome to Port Vila luncheon. 
    • Cruising Vanuatu info session by Vanuatu Yacht Services
    • Rally conclusion. 


    • $40.00 Per Adult

    • $20.00 per child under 12

    Ready to join the NC2V Rally ?

    To secure your place on the rally just complete and submit the form below.

    Please note the NC2V Rally is only open to registrations from participants of the Down Under "Go East" Rally.

    If you are interested in joining the NC2V Rally but you would like more information please use the button below to contact us

     The NC2V Rally is a joint venture between Vanuatu Yacht Services & The Down Under Rally

    The NC2V Rally is a joint venture between Vanuatu Yacht Services & The Down Under Rally