We stayed 2 nights at Yasur camping ground which is located right opposite the entrance of volcano. So it is the closest accommodation to the entrance. Walking down the road (there is only 1 road) 2 mins is Jungle oasis, another 2 mins is banyan castle, another 2 mins is tree top lodge. Then another 20 min you will reach the volcano ash plain.
We were welcomed by Thomas and his wife who is pregnant with their 6th child, Robert’s wife Doralina. Thomas and Robert are brothers. Thomas just bought his own car when we were there.
There are 2 treehouses, 3 bungalows at present. All share 1 cold shower, and 1 flush toilet. There is a sink to wash your hands/face and I asked for a basin for washing. Nice, tidy garden covered with volcano ashes. A shop is on site for some groceries and food. A generator supplies 3 hours electricity from 7-10pm each night for lighting, also for tourists to charge phones, cameras etc.
We paid 3500vt a night for the treehouse and enjoyed the view from there, however the next day we relocated to a bungalow at 2500 vt a night. We told them the steps up the treehouse was too high. The treehouse is 12m high and there are 25 steps so every step is about 50cm high. They told me there have been many feedback of the same issue but they havn’t done anything!
Doralina cooked every meal for us during our stay and tried to be creative. Lunch 700vt pp. Dinner 1000vt. Breakfast was included in the fee and I saw her getting some bread for us. However the next morning only breakfast crackers were supplied, along with jam, peanut butter. Tea bags and a hot water vacuum cylinder on table too. She apologized to me that the children ate up the bread she bought when she’s not watching. Lunch and dinner are all good, with generous proportions. Mainly rice, vege, chicken(dinner only), sweet potatoes, bananas, and fruit.
We had a lot of chat about life and they were interested to see everything we have. They seldom have milk and eggs simply because it’s too expensive. They keep local chickens but the chickens are so “free-ranged” they all have their eggs in the jungles, not at home. We left a lot of our food-bikis, snacks, sweets with them upon leaving. The only thing I regret is I didn’t bring any of the good used clothes with me so I can’t give them. People living in Tanna are poorer than Efate(where Port Vila is). Neither Thomas nor Robert finished school due to lack of money. Their youngest brother Daniel, a 19yo boy who was a dux boy at school for academic excellence last year, is out of school at present due to lack of money to pay school fees. Most food are grown locally and are free or cheap. Just buying clothes is a big money for them. They mostly buy second hand clothes but even that is expensive to them. So if any of you go to Tanna please think about bringing some used light clothes, kids and adults as they are much needed there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our guests are able to see the active volcano from a stunning (but safe) distance. We have a tree house and bungalows as well as camp spots if you bring your own tent. Breakfast is included, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in our restaurant. ... more less