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Friendly Bungalows

2.0 of 5 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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52 hotel reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

Gold Coast, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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 

Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I've been meaning to write a review for a long time - I travelled to Friendly Bungalows back in 2009 by myself and by the looks of it nothing has changed...for the better! It was one of those life changing experiences that stays with you and I have told many people since - The food & hosts were both outstanding... More 

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

Dear Eyevolve, Thank you for taking the time to review Friendly Bungalows. You are definitely correct in saying that it is the real deal! We are in a remote location and that is exactly what makes Friendly Bungalows so special. We are so glad to hear that you felt the "magic" of Tanna....the way the place allows you to relax... More 

Ashburton, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

After the initial first shock we settled in and had a great time staying here. The staff were friendly and helpful - nothing was too much trouble. Food was tasty but expensive for what is on offer but it is a very remote location so I expect to pay more. There is no power in the rooms but the staff... More 

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

Hi RATZnz, Thank you for taking the time to review Friendly Bungalows! Yes we are located in a very remote area but that is what gives Tanna its charm and wow-factor! It truly is a piece of untouched paradise that is rarely found anywhere else these days! We are glad to hear that our staff ensured that your time was... More 

Buddina, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

if you are looking at getting away from everything for a while, this is the place to be. Lovely peolpe and great views, make sure you do the volcano trip on dusk and the bush walk around the bottom of the volcano.

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

Hi Joshcox, Thank you for taking the time to review Friendly Bungalows! We are glad that you enjoyed your trip and took advantage of the opportunity to unwind and relax in our hidden paradise! The volcano trip is absolutely not to be missed! It is usually a highlight and we are glad to hear you enjoyed it! We hope that... More 

Adelaide
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We stayed at the friendly bungalows for 4 nights after being in Port Vila for a week and it was a great change of pace to drop back a gear and enjoy the basic yet very comfortable setting at Friendly Bungalows. The rustic construction of the accommodation really gave you a sense of being on a remote desert island. Sleeping... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Friendly Bungalows are located right next to a black sand beach and are a short drive to the Mt Yasur volcano. My wife and I and our 2 adult children stayed in 2 separate bungalows. It is a good spot and you can experience the friendly people of Tanna Island in Vanuatu. Our highlight was a late afternoon until... More 

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geelong
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25 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Amazing primitive rustic resort on a black sand beach close to the volcano. Rickety bamboo thatched huts cobbled together with their own bathrooms and hot water. Power is only at night. Phone reception is a spot on the beach only, forget it. Don't even think about wifi. The food is in a dining hut and you all eat together with... More 

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Address: Lowelkas Cove | Port Vila, Tanna Island, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Tanna Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Friendly Bungalows 2*
Number of rooms: 8
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Friendly Bungalows Hotel Tanna Island
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