My partner and I stayed here for 2 nights, towards the end of a month long Vanuatu trip. By this time we had grown accustom to sleeping without a fan, bugs in our room, outside bathrooms, cold showers, bumpy rides and dirty feet. We had learned to go with the Vanuatu flow.
We found Jungle Oasis to be reasonably comfortable, and the meals quite nice and good value in comparison to the prices in Port Vila. At one point the water pressure in the shower had reduced to a trickle, I simply asked Kelson and he pointed out an alternative one that worked perfectly (all cold though).
For what you get it might seem quite expensive, but just double check what is included and what is extra to avoid nasty surprises. We never felt like we were getting cheated anywhere in Vanuatu and when you learn how much people earn as a wage you don't mind staying at the locally owned places and paying a little extra, rather than the foreign owned and more comfortable places around the airport. There is also no public transport in Tanna and the roads are quite rough, this adds up to expensive transfers and lack of western materials and non local foods.
Tanna was an amazing experience for us, and that wasn't just because of the volcano. When we stayed at Jungle Oasis it felt like we were staying with Kelson's family. Sam and David were our guides and driver, and they were very joyful to be around. Kelson's daughter AJ and her friend Ivy were adorable and I had a great time playing with them on the beach and around the bungalows. They taught me how to sing songs and play games. We only ever saw other westerners at the top of the volcano. We really felt like we were seeing Vanuatu like it was 100 years ago!
Sam made sure to get us to the airport on time and was right there waiting when we arrived (which didn't happen for some other people I met who stayed elsewhere), they asked us what we'd like to do during our stay and we worked it out on the first night. Vanuatu works on different time to Australia: try and go with the flow! We only really looked at our clock to make sure we'd be up in time for breakfast ;) the rest of the time we would chill out and read or nap until someone came and told us it was time to get ready and go. Just because an activity isn't exactly time tabled and adhered to on the dot, doesn't mean that it won't happen!
It was surreal staying at the base of the volcano and feeling the hut shake when a particularly big blast went off, really a once in a life time experience!
If you don't think you can live a couple of nights without electricity, or handle the ash and dust then this might not be for you. But if you want a more authentic Vanuatu experience definitely give it a go!
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