Freshwater Plantation owners Maria and Klaas came to Vanuatu in 2013 and started renovating a derelict coffee and cocoa plantation into a agri tourism attraction which opened to the public in 2017. Their investment has included the preservation and enhancement of the Aore Island Bat Cave. See our Tours. The property covers over 100 hectare (300 acres); with varied landscape ranging from tended botanical gardens and rolling green lawns by the plantation house to cultivated coconuts and cocoa groves along with vast areas of regrowth coffee and rainforest stretching into the middle of the island.
Today, Freshwater employs upwards of 20 people engaged in agriculture, hospitality and agri tourism interpretation. Guests are welcomed daily for various Plantation Tours, arriving either from Aore Island (with a taxi pickup service) or from Santo by ferry boat just a short trip from Luganville.
The Freshwater Plantation House Restaurant is open every day for breakfast and lunch featuring fare directly from the our own and local gardens. The Restaurant opens for Dinner every Friday and by appointment for groups of six or more other nights. Click Here For more details.
Tours of the plantation, the Bat Cave, Escarpment Lookout and Native Gardens are conducted before and after lunch. Extended tours of the island are also available.
Tour packages including lunch are available. Transport to the Plantation from locations on Aore and Luganville are included in the tour packages.
A popular tour taking in the cocoa plantation, visit the goats and ducks, explore the Bat Cave, climb the escarpment up to the lookout, on to the Coffee Camp and the nivan gardens and pineapple patch. Returning via the vegetable and botanical gardens.
DURATION: 2 hours
COST: Adult 4000 vatu - children 50%
Extend your Plantation Ramble with a hike into our cool rainforest. Freshwater Plantation extends half way across Aore Island, which in its centre is heavily wooded with huge banyan trees and dense regrowth of the original coffee cultivated by the French planters of earlier last century.
DURATION: 3 hours
COST: Adult 5000 vatu - children 50%
A 4WD tour of the island sights - taking in world war II bunkers, through other plantations, local villages and lush rainforest. Visit the Aore Adventist mission and college on a guided tour of Aore Island. Stop and swim or snorkle at various locations. Minimum 2 adults. Vehicle and driver are at your disposal for half a day.
DURATION: 3-4 hours
COST: Adult 6500 vatu - children 50%
Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner*
The Freshwater Plantation House restaurant is open every day for breakfast from 8:00am and lunch from 11:30am. The restaurant is fully licensed with selected wines complimenting our menu.
*Open for Dinner Friday nights and by appointment for groups of six or more other nights.
We have a number of cars for Hire on Santo
12,000 vatu per day
10,000 vatu per day
A visit to Santo is not complete without a day at Freshwater Plantation, Aore Island.
For the rest of your visit consider hiring one of our cars to explore Espiritu Santo, up to Champagne Beach, the Blue Hole and Port Olry. All vehicles are 4WD and Air Conditioned.
Postal Address: PO Box 88, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu | Telephone: +678 37366
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