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Friendly Bungalows

2.0 of 5 Resort   |   Lowelkas Cove | Port Vila, Tanna Island, Vanuatu
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Tanna Island
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 5 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 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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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
24 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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Caloundra, Queensland, Australia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
26 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Stayed here 2 nights in the basic accommodation.the whole place is basic but what we like anyway, Our mission was to visit The volcano. Only a short flight from Vila and a short ride to the bungalows. The grounds etc are nice as are the staff and locals.food also good especially the seafood. There are different gratings of accom and... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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76 reviews 76 reviews
51 hotel reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Friendly Bungalows has a great location on a beautiful black sand beach very close from the volcano in the most beautiful part of the island with the most sympathic people around, I must admit that the people we met closer to the airport wasn´t so friendly as the people living in this area. We stayed there 3 nights and it... More

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We, a couple with two daughters of 5 and 8, were staying at the "Friendly Bungalows" for about a week. These bungalows are placed in a true paradise and their staff is very friendly, welcoming, but after our arrival until our departure they were mostly busy with themselves. And throughout our sojourn the feeling that visitors like us are simply... More

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FriendlyBungalows, Manager at Friendly Bungalows, responded to this review

We are so disappointed to feel that our guests are not feeling welcome at Friendly Bungalows, we have lots of activities for families that involve our local communities and nature. We are very remote, and try to explain as best we can before our guests arrive, and the costs we incur for transport and food are governed by distance and... More

Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Our pre-booked and paid for stay at Friendly Bungalows was supposed to be four nights but we left after two. There were problems with the rooms and then there were problems caused by the Mt. Yasur volcano continually spewing an ash cloud over the area. Friendly Bungalows is about a half hour drive from the top of Yasur but much... More

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Launceston, Australia
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

This was my first trip outside of Australia and the travel agent had told us that we should visit friendly bungalows first because it was "a bit rugged". We wanted to go to tan a but booked late and this was the last place still available. We talked ourselves into enjoying it anyway and would put it all down to... More

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Gold Coast, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

We absolutely loved friendly. It was just that, so lovely and friendly. The setting was amazing with the bungalows right on the beach. The drive in is not for the faint hearted but we'll worth it. The location was great, right near the volcano so you truly get to experience it daily hearing the grumble, it's very exciting. The bungalows... More

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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

My girlfriend and I spent two incredible nights at the secluded Friendly Bungalows after reading and hearing about Tanna in the inflight magazine and from locals who recommended it in Port Vila. We both love travelling to experience untouched destinations, but this topped every other place off!! I have read a lot of the other mixed reviews about this place.... 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*
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