This option is not publicized very well but it is possible to stay with a family in the village. we stayed for two nights and wish we had longer as we were just starting to feel the rhythm of the village. Several families contribute dishes to the meals which are eaten cross-legged on the floor of the host family traditional style. If this is uncomfortable you are not obliged to however, the family is very hospitable and accommodating.
We stayed with Bendito and Louisa who were fabulous hosts. We were greeted with lemon tea and pancakes on the first afternoon and sat and chatted for quite a while. We walked around the village a bit before coming back for dinner. I have to tell you that there is way more food at each meal than anyone can possibly consume and all of it very well prepared.
We had our own room to sleep in with mosquito net and I think exclusive use of the toilet - we never saw anyone else use it although another visitor used the shower. For us, it was perfect any very comfortable.
The next morning after breakfast we went on the rainforest hike which I highly recommend and then back for more lemon tea before dinner.
So what did we eat? I can remember fried fish, freshly caught octopus in coconut milk (the softest and by far the best I have ever had), fried eggplant, ota (a seaweed, coconut, onion and chilli dish - you have to try it to appreciate it), polsami (dalo leaves in coconut milk), breadfruit, dalo, free-range eggs, roti fried bananas and always fresh papaya and bananas. Loved the food!
You can reach the village by taxi but we came on the bus. It is about a half mile walk down the track to the village but there is always someone up by the road to help.
In the village you follow village customs - no hats or sunglasses, women wear a sulu and no drinking. But it is not a problem. Everyone in the village quickly gets to know who you are and goes out of their way to be welcoming and friendly. I would go back and stay for a whole week to participate in more of the village activities.
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