Ekasup Village
Ekasup Village
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David H
Mooloolaba, Australia40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This was a lovely experience that whilst short on time was full of great insights Into a way of life that has existed for 3000 years. Our guide Kevin was very knowledgeable and had a wicked sense of humour. It was obvious that he had immense pride in his people and country and rightfully so.
Their resourcefulness and ability to utilise so many of the abundant plants and produce that surround them was interesting and highlights just how with knowledge humans don’t really need all the trappings that we deem essential in our developed worlds to be healthy and happy.
Definitely worth visiting and with the entrance fee going directly towards supporting the village it’s a great way to support them.
Written 6 October 2022
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Mereana
Auckland Central, New Zealand102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Educational and informative - in the best way. Our main guide is very knowledgeable and keen to share information.

Offered a drink and taste of one snack, alongside a small table of trinkets to purchase that supports the village.

We took our toddler in a pram with no issues.
Written 5 December 2022
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StrathclydeTraveller
Montville, Australia46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is missing the slick tourist speel.

It missing the high cost.

It is missing the package concept.

It is missing the concession and tourist stalls every twenty feet.

All you get is an old man and his family respectfully and kindly telling you how the islanders lived in the traditional manner.

Because of that I rate it as one of the very best attractions I have ever visited.
Written 4 May 2015
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lifetravellerbrissy
Moreton Island, Australia6,808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2011
We went to Ekasup Cultural Village, at Erakor in January and had a Melanesian Feast and watched the custom dancing.

It cost us 3,000 vatu which included a transfer, food and the dancing. We were there for approx 2 hours, and the dancing was wonderful, the traditional songs and kava tasting were humourous at times, (on purpose). All very entertaining, with some history of the islands given also.

The food was fresh and delicious. Consisted of fresh baked fish, chicken, beef, salads, baked potatoes, yams, fresh fruit, and numerous other traditional dishes, including breadfruit and other dishes - I have no idea of what they were called, but some were very yummy. Refreshment was orange juice.

We went on an evening trip, a Friday night but they also have daytime trip, including refreshments only.

I'd highly recommend going to experience traditional dancing, songs, and talk with the friendly Ni-vans about their village.

We seen many different dances on previous trips to Port Vila, but really enjoyed this, as we had time to sit, watch, relax and have a few laughs too.
Written 8 February 2011
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BillLeithhead
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
My wife and I are both 76 and a little limited by arthritis, etc, but thoroughly enjoyed two visits to the award-winning Ekasup cultural village. On a Friday night our bus picked us up and our group of 25 or so drove to the village site near Vila. Our arrival was heralded by a conch shell sound, then challenges by warriors in the jungle, until we were recognised as guests and escorted to the entertainment area. there, we were invited to use Aerogard spray.

By flaming torchlight, we witnessed a welcome dance and song, then ceremonial kava testing after which we were all invited to imbibe. Numbs the lips! The warriors were beautifully and finely decorated with their tribal consumes, augmented by coloured leaves and green fronds. My research shows that it is authentic, and not just for tourists!

Then we were invited to an absolutely delicious feast of all sorts of foods, preceded by a beautifully sung grace. A little rain occurred, so we went to a thatched "big house" undercover, to hear their famous Ekasup band playing really nice island music. it had a "bottle piano", a "thongophone", and a bush bass, backed by a large group of guitarists. Their singing was most pleasant and harmonious. Then they got up visitors one by one to join all in a merry tribal celebration. Then followed dances for the women, and the then the men, with the dancing getting faster and faster until we were all laughing. it was a very good night's entertainment, with nothing concocted or "put on".

Several days later we did the Ekasup "cultural tour" one morning. This was different, with the warrior challenges then greetings as above, after which we had some talks and illustrations about village life, with illustrated descriptions of the use of various plants, including for medicines. This included showing how a giant spider can be trained to weave a sort of fish trap.

The man were all in the attractively woven standard tribal dress for this tribe, which was far from the nudity seen on the islands. Marriage customs involve arranged marriages, and chiefs rule on many village matters. Then we were shown various methods of making traps for wildlife, after which we saw the village cyclone shelter being inside the centre of a large banyan tree.

Then the band started up and we saw some dances of welcome, of war, and for the yam harvest - a bad harvest means lean times for subsistence living, as 80% of the people do. They got some people up for a dance, and thn it was timeto leave.

Both feast and cultural tour are authentic, good value, and very enjoyable. Highly recoomended.
Written 24 November 2014
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Peta S
Winmalee, Sydney, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Couples
We visited in the morning and the temperature was so much cooler in the village then out on the road. Our guide from Atmosphere Tours walked us in and we were soon hunted and found out. Ni-Vanuatu men, in traditional dress had us surrounded and were calling out to warn of our trespass. They came upon us in the jungle and the Big Chief appeared. He spoke to our guide and then moved the taboo palm frond from the path to welcome us in. Big Chief spoke in French so another tribesman spoke in English to us.

We had a really intimate experience. We listened carefully to how villagers use the plants and animals to survive. We were fascinated, as we sat on the igneous rock benches watching his 2 year old daughter swing on a grass loop attached to the tree. I was intrigued at the survival techniques for cyclones inside the trees and how bananas were stored for years in pits so the village can survive. Loved the talk on fishing and how wonderful the man demonstrated how to do the things he was talking about.

The fire walking was amazing and I will love showing family, friends and students in my class the video clip of how awesome this was. So our guide was excellent and this was certainly a highlight of our Vanuatu trip. Many thanks.
Written 21 January 2013
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Philip S
Brisbane, Australia113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
This tour took us to a village that showed how the locals live a basic subsistence existence. Some of the things that are shown are, how to peel coconuts with your teeth, how to preserve bananas for up to four years. Skills like using spider webs to fish with, and the art of fire walking.
Written 4 February 2016
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NicolaSydney
Sydney175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Family
We really enjoyed our morning at Ekasup Village. Our guide was extremely informative about traditional Vanuatuan village life. Ekasup is a real working village that is extremely well looked after. I think the banyan tree in the village is the largest on the island. Apparently it offered protection to the villagers during last year's devastating cyclone! Well worth a visit.

Tip: If you don't want to join a bus tour to the village you can take a taxi there. We were lucky to join a tour that had just started. Perhaps a good idea to check tour times if you want to travel there independently.
Written 3 February 2016
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MVCA0Traveler
Mission Viejo, CA663 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
This is a good experience to learn about the native life of Vanuatu. They put on a show for tourist, I don't think that they are actually still living in this village. That being said, it was very interesting to hear about their lifestyle of the past. They were entertaining and it was especially nice to see all the young children, who were adorable. The adults were prompting them to do things to show off for us.

We were there one week before the category 5 hurricane hit Vanuatu. My guess is that it will be a while before they reconstruct the village. Interesting, the chief that spoke to us explained how they dried fruits and buried them to maintain a food supply when things like cyclones wipe out the island. They said that it has been a long time since that has happen, so young islanders didn't understand why they bothered with it. I guess, now they know.
Written 23 March 2015
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Katrina B
Brisbane, Australia81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
We visited Ekasup Village as a shore tour when our cruise stopped at Port Vila for the day. This cultural experience was excellent and gave us a great insight into the tribe and learnt how they hunted, traditional medicines, cooking methods etc. You are led to different parts of the village by the chief and have warriors that jump out to scare you. Great for kids and adults, a must do!
Written 17 December 2014
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