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Naghol: how to witness Vanuatu's land diving festivalLocation: Pentecost Island, VanuatuYou're heading to Vanuatu? Fantastic. You're going to love it. But it's not just a decadent escape with balmy breezes and gourmet food. It's also home to several best-in-the-world experiences that very few people know about: a luxury liner, like the Titanic, shipwrecked in clear dividable water; the world's most accessible active volcano on the island of Tanna; a giant banyan tree the size of a soccer field; pounding, cascading waterfalls; extraordinary cultural ceremonies and dances on the island of Malekula; primitive villages where you can witness an ancient living culture; and picture-perfect beaches where there's nobody but you and your snorkel gear. It's also a snorkelers' and divers' Mecca.Dates: diving ceremoniesusually take place each Saturday through April and MayLevel of participation: 1 - watch the brave islanders take the plungeWhen the first yam crop emerges in early April on theVanuatu island of Pentecost, the southern islanders begin to build highwooden towers. Once completed, and through until about the end of May,village men and boys dive from these rickety structures with only two vinesattached to their ankles to break their fall (yes, naghol was the inspirationfor bungee jumping).To do it right, the vines should pull the divers up sonear to the ground that their hair touches the soil. This is said to fertilize theground, guaranteeing a bountiful yam harve

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