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Friendly Beach

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Lowelkas Cove | Port Vila, Tanna Island 0000, Vanuatu
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Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and I stayed here for three nights and couldn't leave fast enough! we were the only guests staying here, and that alone made us feel very isolated and alone. We had to pay a fortune for food where was way over priced and we didn't have any other option because we where so isolated! we where ripped off... More 

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Harlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I recently (Dec 2015) had the opportunity to stay at the recently revived Friendly Beach (formerly Bungalows). I was picked up at the airport by my guide Craig and driver Daniel and immediately taken to a local Kastom village that I'd requested to see. The village keeps to the traditional ways and it was interesting to see how the people... More 

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2 Thank Hardy B
Joanne W, Guest Relations Manager at Friendly Beach, responded to this review

HI Hardy B, We were certainly excited to welcome you to Friendly Beach as our first official guest since the rebuild of the resort post Cyclone Pam. The local communities have worked hard to rebuild and we are thrilled to hear that you had a very positive experience on your recent visit to Friendly Beach. We will pass on your... More 

Taby, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We (2 adults, 2 children) stayed 5 nights at the Friendly Bungalows in Janaury 2015 and enjoyed it very much. The hospitality of the staff was amazing, the food was great and the beach and swimming really enjoyable! What we really appreciated, in addition to the actual hotel, was that Friendly Bungalows interacted with and supported the local community. This... More 

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Thank Anders N
Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We stayed at Friendly Bungalows and the people there are so friendly. We had an awesome experience at the volcano with an awesome guide. He also took us to his village the following day which we just arranged through him. Food and accommodation was awesome - nice island experience. Please note that there are no shops so take anything extras... More 

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Thank Paula789101112
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This accommodation is a good place to visit Tanna, Yasur volcano, and local villages and rituals. Don´t expect neither comfort nor aircon. Expect sleep in front of the beach. Sometimes music and dance on the beach at dawn……and you will be very welcomed. Warm people and hotel staff. They try the best for you in this remote place full of... More 

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Thank Emilio M
Cardiff, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We stayed at the Friendly Bungalows 18 months ago with our 4 children and had a wonderful time at this beautiful location. Donald our driver was superb in touring us around the Yasur volcano and Port Resolution and imparting local knowledge and advice. Hope everyone is well in the village and hope to return one day. Richards Family

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2 Thank Homeri4
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

3 nights were planned... after 2 nights Greg, the manager, evacuated us (Cyclone Pam just passed Santo, heading south) and brought us to a safe place on the west coast of Tanna. The place he chose for us has probably been the only building on the whole island, that survived the monster storm without any damages. Nevertheless there was a... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Tanna Island is magic place if you enjoy culture, nature and friendly locals. We stayed three nights at Friendly Bungalows and enjoyed every minute. It offers a tropical island atmosphere in a remote location, on a black sandy beach. Staff are happy, hospitable and friendly (of course!). We will return.

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australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We stayed here for 2 nights after having Mt Yasur on our bucket list. The drive from the airport was exactly as we had expected from previous reviews! As we got closer to the bungalows, the road had deteriorated after the heavy rain. Chesel (our driver) stopped regularly to fill in huge holes!! Our bungalow was lovely. Looking out on... More 

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1 Thank helsie57
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Fantastic location on a remote beach close to the volcano and a local village. Beautiful surroundings and friendly people from the moment you leave the airport (many people will cheer at you as you drive through villages). The highlight of our round-the-world trip! We were concerned about facilities (would they be too basic), mosquitoes and the cost of food, not... More 

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3 Thank Nicolas N
Joanne W, Public Relations Manager at Friendly Beach, responded to this review

Dear Nicolas, Thank you for taking the time to review Friendly Bungalows. Isnt Tanna one of the most amazing destinations! We are so glad that you found it the highlight of your round the world trip....that is really something special :-) We only wish that more people could experience the once in a lifetime experience that is Tanna! We wish... More 

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