We were a group of 3 girls, came over to Tanna for one night to see the volcano. We wanted to stay close to the volcano as it is a 2 hour drive from Evergreen or Whitegrass resort, and at night time too. So trip advisor showed us this little gem!
For a quick summary: Great hosts, comfortable accommodation though very basic but that's what makes it so cool being out here! Close to the volcano so don't have to travel far at night. A new cultural experience, and sooo cheap! No one had heard of this place that we talked to in Vanuatu so we were a little bit apprehenisve, but totally didn't need to be. This was one of the talking points we loved telling our friends and family back home, and would definitely stay here again if we were to come to Tanna.
We were picked up by Robert at the airport, and taken to the bungalows. Be warned the road get incredibly rough the last half hour leading to them, you couldn't do it without the 4WD! Passing through the village and up to the bungalows gives you a nice view of the volcano, which you can even hear (sounds like distant thunder). It is obviously very basic being in the middle of nowhere, but the beds were comfortable with mosquito nets around them, and they even have a flush toilet which seems totally out of place! The "restaurant" is a nice spacious room with a couple of tables looking out to the volcano, and we were given lovely cooked meals for dinner and lunch.
With a school teacher among us, she had stationary packs from her students to give to the local children, so Robert walked with us 10 minutes down to the village. The children loved the packs, and sang us a song which almost bought a tear to the eye! I definitely recommend taking things for them as they don't get it often (in fact we were told it was only the second time this had happened).
At about 4pm Robert took us to the volcano. This has a 3350VT entry fee (NZD$45) at the gate, but it's well worth it! We stayed until after the sun set till about 6pm. It's amazing to stand on the edge of an erupting volcano, but we felt safe at all times, plus there were many other tourists up there too.
The next day we asked if they could drop us off at Whitegrass Resort as we wanted to do some snorkelling at Blue Hole 2 (one of the best we reckon in Vanuatu too!), which they happily did.
All up it cost us 3500VT each which included one nights stay, 3 meals, transfers to and from airport plus volcano trasnfers, and tour guide on the volcano - that's NZD$46!!! We only had 5000VT notes left though but happily paid this as they were great hosts, and we got way more worth than what we paid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience Real Village Life at an Eco-Friendly Bungalow, Lava View Bungalows is an integral part of Isaka Village. The gentle rhythms of authentic village life surround and welcome you. Dawn breaks to the sound of children playing, roosters crowing or the echoing music of ceremonial shells. The rumbling of Yassur, the volcano seen from your bungalow verandah, is a constant soundtrack to the day. We are a sustainable, locally based small community enterprise. We think globally and act locally: your bungalow is made of local materials, very basic and is powered by solar energy 24 hours a day but no power plug is not available. Please bring spare batteries for your camera. Meals feature fresh organic local vegetables, fruit and meat. We are committed to supporting the development of our community. Your stay helps to fund school fees and other community projects. Our deep knowledge of the culture and customs of the local area means we can customize your stay to suit your interests. At Lava View Bungalows, our family looks forward to welcoming you to our world ... a unique experience you will never forget. Note: Airport to Bungalow transportation is available. Please send email to ask any question, however, we can only check email every few days. We do not sale alcohol, and no refrigerator at our bungalow, you can bring your own drinks such as red wine and spirits if you wish to consume alcohol. We are surround by the village and forest, so there could be flies, and insects. Please bring Insect repellent. If you have any problem with height, we do not recommend you to stay at the Tree House but we also have bungalows on the ground. We built the bungalow from scratch again since the Cyclone, devastated our bungalows so it might not be the perfect but we will do our best to make you feel it's home. ... more less
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