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After months of speculation and much anticipation, Lelepa Island in Vanuatu was set to open as Perfect Day at Lelepa, Royal Caribbean’s newest island destination, in 2022. However, the opening date was delayed due to COVID. When Royal Caribbean finally begins sailing to Lelepa, it will be the Southern Hemisphere’s first private island destination.

Perfect Day at Lelepa is being created in partnership with the local community to showcase the natural ecological beauty and local culture of the island as well as provide employment and education opportunities. It will be the first carbon neutral private cruise destination in the world, with sustainability features designed to safeguard the island’s delicate ecosystems audited by an independent third-party expert to ensure they meet the standards for carbon neutrality.

When Perfect Day at Lelepa in Vanuatu opens, it will have more than 160 acres of tropical rainforest, palm fringed beaches, and nearby tropical reefs to explore. Small group tours of Fels Cave, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site with rock drawings up to 3,000 years old, are also available for visitors. If you’re travelling with kids, Lelepa provides an educational insight into traditional island life. There are only a couple of small villages plus a school, a kindergarten and two churches. However, there is plenty of fun to be had and space for kids to play together for hours without getting bored.

It’s worth noting that Perfect Day at Lelepa will have a different look and feel from Royal Caribbean’s popular Perfect Day at CocoCay in the United States. People around the world all have different ideas about their perfect day — and that’s okay. As cruisers who travel to the South Pacific are usually seeking authentic adventures and relaxation, Perfect Day at Lelepa will be much more laid back than Perfect Day at CocoCay which has huge waterslides, high energy activities and helium balloon rides.

Whether you are visiting the South Pacific for the first time or a long time fan of this beautiful spot, Perfect Day at Lelepa is set to be the ultimate destination for island loving. Hopefully, now cruising has recommenced in Australia post-COVID, Lelepa Island will open sooner rather than later.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.