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Address: Tanna Island, Vanuatu

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Lowinio Kustom Village tour

This tour started with a 45-minute drive from our hotel into the hinterland of Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Distance-wise, it’s not very far but the roads are in a very poor state and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Waihi, New Zealand
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Waihi, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tour started with a 45-minute drive from our hotel into the hinterland of Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Distance-wise, it’s not very far but the roads are in a very poor state and it takes a long time to get anywhere. The tour provided a fascinating insight into tribal life as it used to be. There are no mod-cons, cell phones,... More 

3 Thank wendhmagz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful place. I would recommend watching Tanna the movie first or at least buying it in the village when you visit and try and but some of the gifts they offer. I'd also say try getting your guest house to pay the village whilst you are there...that way all your money goes to the village and not... More 

1 Thank Adomski99
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I saw a film called TANNA made by the people of Yakel. Not only is TANNA amazing but the people have acted in a beautiful story about love and KASTOM. look out for the film in australia. NOV 5

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Go. Just go. If you're travelling to Tanna, you're probably the kind of person that is interested in getting off the beaten track and up for an adventure. Yakel is unique in that the chief of the village decided years ago to preserve Tanna culture and ways of traditional living, for example, through wearing kastom dress (grass skirts and nambas)... More 

1 Thank Hothotstepper
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We mainly went to Tanna to see Mount Yasur but I'm glad we stayed an extra night so we had the opportunity to visit Yakel Village. The tour was arranged through Evergreen Resort where we stayed (which I would thoroughly recommend!). We were transported to the village in a jeep and met there by a guide who showed us round... More 

3 Thank BackinBracknell
Lance Field, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The closest you will ever get to living among the native villagers whilst enjoying some creature comforts... Tanna Island is a MUST and MUCH more enjoyable than Effate if you want to get away from the resort style holiday. The villagers are very warm and welcoming.... when you get lost in the jungle, they will show you the way! Amazing... More 

2 Thank Colleen D
Mullumbimby, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

We decided to do Yakel village on a tour from our lodge via quad bike. What an amazing tribe. It was a real eye-opener for our children & a great experience that we all enjoyed. Wether you believe these types of experiences are contrived or not, it was still fascinating to be a part of it & walk around the... More 

2 Thank AWTYblogger
Port Vila, Vanuatu
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Really enjoyed this visit. The guides were very informative and my kids were fascinated with the routine of village life.

1 Thank Albiville4
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

I'm not really into cultural experiences, but this one I did enjoy. All cultural tours are contrived to a greater or lesser extent and short of popping in unannounced to some undiscovered jungle tribe, with the added risk of being eaten or speared, all cultural experiences are put on for the tourists entertainment. I found the Yakel a heartening and... More 

3 Thank Graeme D
Auckland, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Firstly i have to say that village experiences are not really our thing. this was no exception. i felt the whole experience was contrived and while it did shown village life as it was, it somehow didnt engage ones imagination or build respect for the heritage. The dancers (other than the kids) seemed disinterested, the tour was interesting but the... More 

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