Land diving or Nagol festival

Cultural At pentecost Pentecost, Vanuatu

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Saturday 7th April - Saturday 30th June
2:16 - 4:16pm

Tags: culture , tradition , land diving , nagol , pentecost , festivals

Pentecost Island has become famous throughout the world for the land diving ritual (Nagol or N’gol) which occurs every Saturday between April and June. The ritual, which influenced the invention of bungee jumping by Kiwi AJ Hackett, sees local men and boys as young as seven. 

The ritual, which influenced the invention of bungee jumping by Kiwi AJ Hackett, sees local men and boys as young as seven jumps from a 20 -30-metre high manmade tower with only a vine attached to their legs.

The tower itself takes locals five weeks to build using materials from the forest. The vines are carefully selected by jumpers who know that just 10 centimetres may be the difference between life and death. Traveling to view this magnificent ceremony is a once in a lifetime experience. No words can express the feeling of the ground vibrating under the dancing and stomping feet of villages and the excitement of sitting beneath the tower waiting with unease for the diver to jump safely to 

No words can express the feeling of the ground vibrating under the dancing and stomping feet of villages and the excitement of sitting beneath the tower waiting with unease for the diver to jump safely to the ground. The awe-inspiring ceremony celebrates the yam harvest and is a fertility rite for men. Dot

Don't miss this opportunity. You can book to see the land diving with Air Vanuatu Tours.


2018-04-07 14:16:00
2018-06-30 16:16:00