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Friendly Bungalows

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Lowelkas Cove | Port Vila, Tanna Island, Vanuatu
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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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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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 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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Joanne W, Public Relations Manager at Friendly Bungalows, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights to experience Mt Yasur and the village life of those on Tanna Island.....it was a lot more expensive than researched but all of Vanuatu is expensive and cost us 3 times more than we budgeted for. The manager picked us up from the airport (at a cost of $100 each way for the 2... More 

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Joanne W, Public Relations Manager at Friendly Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Kelz0, Thank you for taking the time to review Friendly Bungalows. We are so glad to hear that you really enjoyed the experience of Tanna and especially Friendly Bungalows!! You are right that due to the remote location it can be more expensive than other more central areas in Vanuatu. We do our absolute best to ensure that costs... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

We did not expect such a high cost when it came to pay our bill at the end. From the airport it takes about an hr and a half to the hotel. You have to take their offer of paying $100 for this service as there are no taxis or buses to take you that far. The good thing about... More 

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Joanne W, Public Relations Manager at Friendly Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Angelo, Thank you for taking the time to review Friendly Bungalows. I am sorry to hear that you found the cost of the experience to be so high. It is true that Tanna can be more expensive than holidaying in Port Vila, this is simply due to the location and remoteness of the island. However, we do our best... More 

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