My husband, our 3 year old son and I stayed 5 nights at the Yasur Camp Ground owned by Thomas Noal. 5 nights might seem long for some but was quite about right to really be a part of it!
Thomas and his family welcomed us and made us feel part of his family.
We were picked up at the airport on Friday afternoon, around 1.5 hours to the camp site and had the once in a life time chance to be sleeping in a tree house with a non-obstructed view on the volcano. The breeze is always there even in December, it is rain proof (and we had 1.5 days of tropical rain). The party was on every single night and it was quite magic when you opened your eyes at night to hear and see the volcano...
The camp ground is basic, shower in a bucket, toilets in the ground). But Thomas has nearly finished a brand new "building" with sitting toilets. And there is a generator at night (and possibility to charge cameras and so forth) until everyone is in bed. The food prepared by Janet (Thomas's wife) is delicious and you get way more than what you can eat.
To stay in Tanna we would highly recommend to stay at least 2 nights. It was pouring down rain 2 nights out of the 5 we stayed there and as the camp ground is at the entrance of the volcano park, we still saw 4WD coming in with tourists who only came for one visit. Trust me, if it rains, there is too much smoke, so first you get wet and you can't see anything.... The beauty of the place where we stayed is that you could go as often as you wanted to the volcano (45 minutes walk). But if you were lazy you could also observe this natural beauty from the "restaurant" with a nice glass of rum or any drink that you need to bring along with you from wherever you come from...
Now the best part is we stayed for New Year's Eve, and I secretly planned with Thomas the renewal of my vows in a casual but traditional Tannese way on the rim of the volcano. All day on the 31 we were welcome in the village and shared their lives, prepared lap-lap, a traditional dish which is delicious and just made out of natural products and devices (no knives or anything else). They put flowers everywhere in the camp ground and in the tree house for us, they prepared a cake and we had the most beautiful time. We had a feast for dinner with Thomas and his family, they offered me to wear a traditional Tannese flower dress and we even danced...
Thanks Thomas, the resorts on the west coast offer way more facilities but are so expensive. We payed around 25.000 for 5 nights including food where it was even not the price for 1 night accommodation on the west coast without food... We went to the John Frum ceremony on Friday night (interesting but not worth it according to us) we decided not to do the kustom villages as we have been more than happy to actually live the life of traditionnal 2012/2013 people from Tanna.
Thanks Thomas and thanks Janet for everything.
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