Espiritu Santo Aore Swim and Canoe Race
The Espiritu Santo Aore Swim is an annual event held each year in June. It is part of the international ocean swimming calendar and is a challenging 2.6 km swim across the Segond Channel, from the main island of Santo to Aore Island.
The Espiritu Santo Aore swim though is much more than just a sporting event, but an exchange of goodwill between people of different cultures and countries. It is the interaction and involvement by the local Ni Vanuatu people that make the swim such a special day for all. The swimmers are touched by the support of the local men paddling along side them as they cross the deep waters. Hugs are exchanged at the finish line as a show of appreciation and thanks. For spectators it is a unique experience and the feeling of goodwill memorable.
The events also include the local community with a traditional Outrigger Canoe Race held on the day before. Local men, women and children compete to be the first to reach the crowd at Unity Park Santo. Participants from previous years have paddled their canoes all the way from Malekula to take part in the event. A category for canoes with traditional sails is included.
The Espiritu Santo Aore Swim attracts swimmers and their families to Santo; they are surprised at the beauty and adventure of this unknown and unspoiled island and promise to return.
(SGFC) Annual Fishing Competition & Family Day
Since it's inception in 2011, this annual competition has been a favourite amongst the locals and expatriate community.
With an average of 20 vessels entering the competition each year there is always space aboard for tourists and visitors from abroad.
Santo has access to some great Game Fishing and Sportfishing in close and out wide. During this time of the year the Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo run will be in full swing with many bigger Yellowfins caught weeks after the competition has finished.
It is a great day out for the family as well with live music, food and kids activities with lots of great prizes too.
Contact us today to book your spot for this years competition!
More than just a Rodeo the Santo Rodeo is a testament to recognising the importance of Agriculture in Vanuatu. Santo is the Agriculture capital of Vanuatu with world reknown beef, live cattle, kava, cocoa and copra exports. The Rodeo recognises the importance of the industry to not only generating income and employment for the country but the importance of managing our natural resources for the benefit of generations to come.
This special day celebrates the hardworking farmers starting with a parade through town make sure you get your spot on the main road to see all the floats go past!
Everything else aside, the Rodeo is a great display of horsemanship.