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“First trek with Adventure Bound was an amazing experience. I travelled with my teenage daughter and older sister and we had the best time ever. Thank you to Billy and Olly for their professional attitude in providing a tour to accommodate for varied fitness levels and age groups.... These guys have a great team in Vanuatu to support the Trekkers. A great feeling to be able to support the locals on the outer islands of Vanuatu and enjoy a truly genuine cultural experience

“We are very excited to add The Vanuatu Adventure to our trekking options. We think this adventure to the outer islands of Vanuatu will provide a unique experience for people looking for a different type of trek! Vanuatu is a tropical paradise which provides for not only a relaxed island holiday but an absolute adventure experience!

Olly & Billy Fowler - 2015 is the first time the Vanuatu Manvoi Adventure is being run. Book today to be a part of our inaugural tour.

“I'm a "glamper". I like my comforts and I particularly like my morning coffee....this was a trip way outside my comfort zone!! But the world is so large, and I've experienced such a small part of it that I felt I needed to push myself out of this zone. This trek was remote and intense AND one of the foremost experiences of my life. The experience of walking and paddling in an area COMPLETELY unspoiled by any tourists, was incredible. The food (lobster, parrot fish, mudcrabs, landcrabs, clams, sweet potato, some rice all caught and cooked by our porters or in the villages) was fantastic (we may have been hungry because of the hiking and paddling - but this is how food should be enjoyed). The porters and villagers were friendly and welcoming - I don't think they have seen many, if any, tourists. But the best part was getting to know my fellow hikers and having Olly and Belinda with us. They live and breath these treks and their experience and joy at our enjoyment, made this trip special - better than special...unique!!

Dr Frank Condon

“We are “Adventurers” not just tourists! This is how we felt during our amazing 10 day Vanuatu Trek. Olly and Billy took us far off the beaten track away from the tourists and we got to experience the “real” Vanuatu. It was incredibly rewarding setting up our tents at the end of each day knowing we had hiked or paddled our way to the secluded locations, and then were treated with fantastic sunsets as we enjoyed fresh produce from the ocean and village gardens. We did not go hungry! We did so much in the 10 days, it felt like we were away for weeks: jungle hiking, coastal walking, canoeing, fishing, snorkelling beautiful reefs, dolphin and dugong spotting, meeting the friendly local people, enjoying local string bands, dining on delicious local food and finally climbing to Marum Volcano and seeing the lava lake – a truly awesome end to the most wonderful holiday we have ever had! Thank you Olly and Billy for inspiring us to live life outside our comfort zone and thank you to our fellow trekkers for the fun times had.

Ing Nisbet….yearning for more adventures with Adventure Bound Tours!

Ingrid Nisbet

“First trek with Adventure Bound was an amazing experience. I travelled with my teenage daughter and older sister and we had the best time ever. Thank you to Billy and Oly for their professional attitude in providing a tour to accommodate for varied fitness levels and age groups.... These guys have a great team in Vanuatu to support the Trekkers. A great feeling to be able to support the locals on the outer islands of Vanuatu and enjoy a truly genuine cultural experience

Katrina Wesser-Corrie

“I have previously trekked with Adventure Bound on the Kokoda trek so I took on the Vanuatu Trek already confident in their ability to organise a trek that was safe and offered a cultural experience as well as a physical challenge.
This time however I took my 8 year old son. I was not prepared to see how well he embraced the journey and how easily the local people took him under their wing. They showed him more of their culture than I ever imagined possible. He swam with the children, hunted for fish and crabs and was welcomed in to their homes like family. The most amazing thing to see and hear was them all laughing and playing despite the language barriers.
There were of course times when he was tired along with the rest of us and Olly or Belinda were there to encourage him and walk with him to the next stop.
I would encourage anyone to take on this adventure, it will physically challenge you as well as adjust your mind set when you experience the simple ways the local people live and how happy they are in their lifestyle.

Of course you will see the untamed beauty of Vanuatu at its finest and most beautiful. You will also experience the rugged beauty of the Marum volcano. But you will forge life long friendships and a bond to the people of Vanuatu that you will not experience on any other adventure.

THANKYOU Belinda and Olly for your expert knowledge of the islands and people. For your ability to organise us all, feed us, ensure our safety and give us a life time of wonderful memories.

Melanie McAllum

“Words can hardly express the experience that is the Kokoda track as presented by Olly from Adventure Bound Tours. From the hectic hustle and bustle that is Port Moresby to the epic battles along the track. A history lesson of the Kokoda campaign, the tactics employed, the units involved, the ground covered, the weapons and equipment used. From Ower's Corner, Imita Ridge, Ioribaiwa, Menari, Brigade Hill, Eora Creek, the magnificent memorial at Isurava to Kokoda, all portrayed in laymens terms without compromising on the history by Olly. A spiritual journey retracing the steps of my forefathers. It was so much more than a trek, by hiring a porter I could slow down and take all in, the mud, the history, the culture,the beautiful mountains, sparkling fresh water creeks, epic crossing at Brown river, the hospitality of the local villages, the tribal welcome at Soputa village, swim at Kumusi river and the magnificent porters; always there to lend a hand, put up your tent and had the billy on for a much looked forward to cuppa. By far the best journey I have had and am so proud to walked the track with my brother. From woe to go it was seamless and very professional. Thanks Billy and Olly.

Lance Edwards

“Walking the Kokoda Track is an experience I’ll never forget, and made possible by Olly and Adventure Bound Tours. Ollie’s military background provides an excellent insight of warfare tactics used by the Australian and Japanese soldiers during the Kokoda campaign, and his passion for adventure makes this an exciting and interesting trek. A special mention must go to the porters and cooks used by Adventure Bound Tours who at the end of each day were fantastic in setting up camp and arranging meals. Word of warning if Olly says “angulating hills ” it means there is very steep hills ahead. A thoroughly amazing walk made possible by the well organized and equipped business of Adventure Bound Tours.

Warren Ford

“My trek with Olly was absolutely 1st rate. A fantastic experience now etched in my memory and one never to be forgotten- highly recommended. The military background of Olly, who demonstrated a detailed knowledge of the tracks military history, assisted me to relive the experiences of 1942 whilst enjoying spectacular untouched mountain vistas

Daniel Poultney

“Olly, our guide, proved to be the difference between this company and other trekking companies for me. His ability to transmit his in-depth knowledge and add anecdotes at every point on the trek brought the whole campaign to life and I would recommend these guys to those that wish to understand the full story behind the events that happened along the track in 1942

John Kehoe (Ex British SAS)

“WOW… where to start. Magnificent scenery, passionate and knowledgeable tour guide and the friendly and welcoming locals all combined to make a truly unforgettable experience. There was a good depth of info on all aspects of the trek from both tour leader and porters. My tip for future trekkers is use a native porter to carry your main pack. This will ensure a more relaxed and enjoyable trek as well as providing a source of income for the village men and their families. GO FOR IT….you won’t regret it!!!

Vivienne Norman

“Thanks for the amazing trip! My dad Richard Perrett and I had an incredible time loved every minute of it! Olly you were an awesome guide definitely made the trip interesting and had all the answers! Thanks so much to Stanley and the rest of the guys could not have got through it without you!!! Will be highly recommending you guys to everyone!!! Thanks again!!

Miss Perrett

“My experience walking the Kokoda Track with Adventure Bound was everything I hoped for.
Olly has a great wealth of knowledge about the military history of the track. He is able to explain it so that it is easy to understand and get an idea of the hardships our soldiers endured and the enormity of their accomplishments. He also knew when a bit of quiet encouragement was needed to help over a difficult patch.
Adventure Bound were very well organized right from the time of our initial inquiries. The pre-trip advice was spot on including the training guide. I found the equipment list extremely helpful. Having the correct equipment can make a huge difference to your comfort and enjoyment of the trek.
I was pleasantly surprised by the food. Who knew you could cook cakes and doughnuts over a campfire. The porters were all exceptionally friendly and always ready to assist. Now here's some unsolicited advice; I strongly recommend hiring a personal porter. Not only do they carry your big pack, they also set up and take down your tent every day, fill your water bottles from the best places (usually a bit away from the track), and help you over the difficult creek crossings and slippery/difficult bits. You will form a special bond with your porter and provide valuable income for the local people, the descendants of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. My lovely porter even knitted me a hat while I was relaxing at night. (Can't promise that for everyone).
I wanted to walk from Ower's Corner to Kokoda, the direction of the Australian advance. Adventure Bound is one of only a few companies that go in this direction. Finishing your trek by walking under the arch at Kokoda is a feeling that can't be described but is certainly worth experiencing. So go do it!

Robyn Gipps

“The team from Adventure Bound Olly , Belinda and Mace provided not just a tour but an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life . This began with the first interaction 6 months ago and to the moment we arrived back in Cairns. The sharing of what really happened on the ground and the context behind why tactics were used throughout the campaign gave the trek the edge. Anybody considering walking the track should look to Adventure Bound Tours for a truly authentic experience.

Rod Hohn

“The beauty of the Country, the history behind the trek, and the physical challenge of the hike are all bought together with guides like Chook and Mace, with their significant, and relatively recent military combat experience, adding a touch of reality when it comes to explaining the numerous significant battles fought, the tactics employed, and weapons and ammunition used. They also have a great local crew on the ground in PNG who were extremely helpful. The information and assistance from Belinda during the preparation process was also great. Highly recommended.

Brad Rix

“My wife and I just completed the Anzac Kokoda Track hike with Adventure Bound Tours. What an awesome and unique experience. We cannot speak highly enough of the staff, who really made the journey something special. The tour ticked all the boxes … incredible location with stunning landscapes, great guides, well organised, good food, quality tents and excellent commentary of the war history of the track. The military background of Olly and Mace, added an extra insight into strategies and tactics used by both sides and really helped bring history to life. We feel every Australian should experience the Kokoda Track and Adventure Bound Tours are the company to do it with!

Chris & Kelly Hogan

“A truly life changing experience engendering an indelible sense of achievement. I have never received such help and concern for my welfare, as over the track, in 67 years of existence. The historical info was both detailed, relevant and delivered in such a way as to make the sequence of the battles easily understandable. I cannot recommend this trek enough for youngsters as it will stand them in good stead for the ups and downs of life which they will undoubtedly encounter

Maj Alan Stenner (ex SAS)

“Words can hardly express the experience that is the Kokoda track as presented by Olly from Adventure Bound Tours. From the hectic hustle and bustle that is Port Moresby to the epic battles along the track. A history lesson of the Kokoda campaign, the tactics employed, the units involved, the ground covered, the weapons and equipment used. From Ower's Corner, Imita Ridge, Ioribaiwa, Menari, Brigade Hill, Eora Creek, the magnificent memorial at Isurava to Kokoda, all portrayed in laymens terms without compromising on the history by Olly. A spiritual journey retracing the steps of my forefathers. It was so much more than a trek, by hiring a porter I could slow down and take all in, the mud, the history, the culture,the beautiful mountains, sparkling fresh water creeks, epic crossing at Brown river, the hospitality of the local villages, the tribal welcome at Soputa village, swim at Kumusi river and the magnificent porters; always there to lend a hand, put up your tent and had the billy on for a much looked forward to cuppa. By far the best journey I have had and am so proud to walked the track with my brother. From woe to go it was seamless and very professional. Thanks Billy and Olly.

Lance Edwards

“On an impulse a few months ago I decided to trek the Kokoda Track. I checked out a few trekking groups but was drawn to Adventuer Bound out of Cairns. Olly, ex SAS, and his wife Belinda are the force behind this company. Olly's military experience was pivotal in my selection and he was just fantastic on the trek. The porters like the Fuzzy Wuzzy's from the war, were amazing. They probably saved us falling a dozen times per day. A hand would come out and grab our pack to steady us. They were always happy and friendly and ready to assist. I got to have great admiration for these amazing people. Olly would stop and show us in layman's terms how the battles evolved. It was surreal to be there where it all happened and he brought it to life from Owers Corner to Kokoda. He would take us off track to see old munitions dumps and dugouts of both Aussie and Japanese troops. The camp grounds and villages were amazing. After we cleaned up in either the creek with the crystal clear water or the village pipe, Freddy, the cook, would have the billy boiling and an amazing meal cooked for us. We would then sit around the campfire telling yarns as only Aussies can do! Sometimes the villagers would come and sing to us and on many a night, we went to sleep in our tent with the sounds of the porters singing. This was a very memorable journey which I will never forget. I had a great leader with Olly and fantastic team mates and porters. I am so glad that at 68 I was able to hold my own on the track and successfully complete the journey.

Jessamy Welfare

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How do I train for Kokoda?

01/02/2016

So you’ve decided to do the Kokoda Track and you want to use your training time well. You are aware that you need to do a fair bit of walking to prepare for the 96km trek. But how do you maximise your training time to get the best results? Well the answer is simple…. Hills!! It’s all about the hills!

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04/09/2015

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