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Yakel Village

Tanna Island, Vanuatu
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English first
Mullumbimby, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

We decided to do Yakel village on a tour from our lodge via quad bike. What an amazing tribe. It was a real eye-opener for our children & a great experience that we all enjoyed. Wether you believe these types of experiences are contrived or not, it was still fascinating to be a part of it & walk around the... More

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Port Vila, Vanuatu
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Really enjoyed this visit. The guides were very informative and my kids were fascinated with the routine of village life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

I'm not really into cultural experiences, but this one I did enjoy. All cultural tours are contrived to a greater or lesser extent and short of popping in unannounced to some undiscovered jungle tribe, with the added risk of being eaten or speared, all cultural experiences are put on for the tourists entertainment. I found the Yakel a heartening and... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Firstly i have to say that village experiences are not really our thing. this was no exception. i felt the whole experience was contrived and while it did shown village life as it was, it somehow didnt engage ones imagination or build respect for the heritage. The dancers (other than the kids) seemed disinterested, the tour was interesting but the... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

I lived on Tanna back in 1971/72 and the place hasn't changed much - a few more houses a bit more tourism. I visit Tanna every year because I have a Ni-Van son and my first wife was from Tanna. So I have quite a lot of family there. Yakel Village is not just there for a show for tourists... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
39 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

It was nice to see a tribe that stuck with their historical customs and still live like this. This village is a short and rough drive from Lenarkel. Our driver got bogged in the mud for a short bit. Upon arriving we were greeted by Tom. He lives in the village and is the only one that speaks English. I... More

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2009

What an experience to go back in time and see the culture of the tribes. I thorougly recommend this tour and it is only 5km from Tanna Lodge which is closer to the town and further south on Tanna Island. Once greeted by (TOM) the only member who spoke English we were asked to make a decision on what to... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2008

Yakel Village is a 45 minute drive from Evergreen Bungalows on Tanna Island. The village is 1 of 2 villages that live traditionally on the Island. On arrival to the village you are greeted by a village leader who is the only one that speaks english (as he was chosen by the cheif to attend school-for visitor reasons). The children... More

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