land diving or naghol ceremony
Famous for the Naghol or land diving ritual, which usually takes
place on Saturdays in April and May. Jumpers select their own vines and construct the platform on the jump tower
which can reach to 30 metres height. The significance of Naghol is to guarantee a plentiful yam harvest the
following year, although its tradition is based on an ancient legend – see Land
Dive page, in our Vanuatu category.
Pentecost island is famous for its land diving ceremony, or Naghol as it's known
as depicted on this wall mural in Port Vila.
Father Walter Hadye Lini (1942-1999), Vanuatu’s founding Prime
Minister, came from the northern part of the island, where the people are Anglican. (The road running past Worawia
Holiday Haven is named after Father Lini – Fr Dr Lini highway, previously known as Kumul highway.)
In the centre of Pentecost island, people are Catholics, while the
south part of the island is where the culture and customs are quite different and where the ritual of Naghol or
N’ghol has been practiced for centuries. The land diving ritual probably inspired the modern bungy jumping, after
the New Zealander A.J. Hackett watched the ceremony and invented the modern version in 1986, when he did probably
the first modern bungy jump off the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Two years later bungy jumping became a modern