We 2 mums ran away from our husbands and children and spent 2 weeks on our tropical island. Of that time we spend 7 nights at Jasbina Lodge in Pango Village.
It is a very basic little house, there is no running hot water and the kitchen is far from 'House and Garden' standard. But or $20 a night it is great value and this was my 3rd trip to Port Vila so I've done the Resort holiday and I wanted to be closer to the locals (niVanuatu or niVans)
Locals laughed at us when we mentioned we had no hot water because, well, only white people have hot water showers! If you need to have ot showers then go to a resort cos Jasbina is not the place for you. This place is where you will really get the feel for the locals. Pango Village is quite affluent by local standards but way, way below western norms.
We bought and prepared our own food, purchasing from the produce market or from the local supermarket in Vila.( Au Bon Marche in Numbatu is the best supermarket and all the locals recommend it!)
It took a little while to get used to the dogs and chooks roaming around all night, barking and clucking. There was a bit of noise from the local football field for one 24 hour period but that was a really important festival, 'Children's Week'with music and games and dancing.
(Independance Day was coming up and the whole place was getting excited.) But otherwise the village is so quiet, punctuated by school bells in the morning and the sound of the ocean constantly. The locals are friendly, Alick is a kind and quiet man. He and his wife made sure the lights were on if we were late getting back in the evening and bringing in our washing if rain was imminent. Alick came often to see if we needed anything and the whole place was mopped and dusted daily. Don't go here if you want luxury but if you want to experience life a little closer to the people then this place might suit you.
- Also Known As:
- Jabsina Guest House Vanuatu/Port Vila