Tanna Tree Top Lodge
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Tanna Tree Top Lodge

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Mid-range
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Languages Spoken
English, French
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Free parking
Restaurant
Hiking
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
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Loanengo Rd Loanengo, Tanna Island Vanuatu
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Naccles wrote a review Jan 2011
Melbourne, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is something that I look back on and am glad that I did it, but will never do it again! The treehouse is like the Magic Faraway tree that you will never be able to find anywhere else. Fred has done an amazing job to build this and the view is spectacular especially when you can see lava spurt from the volcano at night and the rumbling. I would highly recommend this, with a few clauses! Those being that you have to be prepared for what you are getting yourself into. First of all, the weather had been quite bad, and when we were picked up from the airport we had to go the back way which took close to 6 hours to the treetop! It would normally take 2 hours. We stayed 3 nights. I would say that this is definitely long enough but you want to make sure that you get to see the volcano and depending on the weather, you may have to wait a day or two. We were lucky with the weather and we got to go up at night, at sunrise and at sunset so we got to see it 3 times. Fred and Nancy are lovely and accommodating. Beware of island time though because we were told to get up at 3am to see the volcano at sunrise and then no one appeared until 4:30am to pick us up! Also, if they say something is a kilometer down the road, maybe just clarify how many minutes, since when I questioned one of the locals after I was walking for over half an hour, he told me that it may be a kilometer but it depends on how fast I walk...if I walk slow, it might be more than a km!! The meals that Nancy cooked are nice, simple and huge! The breakfasts are basic and I cannot comment on lunches as we did not have these. The treehouse has two double beds. It is quite damp due to the humidity, and although they clean it, it is hard to get very clean as it is in a tree! I am very pedantic about cleanliness and I survived without a shower! However, there are a few things that are absolutely essential to take if you are staying there:

- torch and small battery powered lamp: if Fred does not turn on the generator, you will have no power; you will also need a torch for many things as there are barely any lights around the villages
- snacks: there are no shops close by and if Fred and Nancy are out, they cannot cook you food, so bring lots of snacks, incase you miss breakfast or lunch, otherwise you will have to find a nice mango tree!
- face wipes/hand sanitiser: it gets so humid and these are refreshing to have
- clean pillow case and sleeping sheet: The sheets on the bed may be clean but they don't feel clean and can be damp; it's best to have your own
- bottle of red/plastic cups: at least red wine doesn't have to be kept cold and it's so relaxing to sit on the balcony watching the volcano whilst having a nice red
- presents: it's really nice to bring the locals some small gifts from home as they really do not have much there. We brought some chocolates and lollies for the kids which we would throw to the out of the truck window and they loved this!

Other tips would be to not bring too much luggage as the steps up to the treehouse are very steep, bring fresh water (they do have a tank there with rainwater that you can drink too), and be prepared to be charged for every tour that you do even if you think they are just wanting to show you something for free - it's always best to find out how much things are beforehand because otherwise they will say they will just add it to the bill and present you with a big shock at the end!

Tanna has no sealed roads....so be prepared!
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Date of stay: January 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mélissa H wrote a review Jun 2013
Lyon, France
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We contacted Fred by email and when we asked for the price he told us it would be 5,000 VT and that he will pick us up at the airport. But when we arrived, Fred asked us to pay 5,000 VT to the driver (who was from the camping next door). At the time we didn't realized that this amount was only for the car trip! We learned a bit later that we still needed to pay for the return trip (5,000 VT) and the room (5,000 VT and it wasn't even the one at the top of the tree since it was leaking because of the rain!).

Then he suggested we could go and see Mt Yasur around 4pm and that it will cost us 1,000 VT/person for the car trip but didn't say anything about entry fees. When we arrived at the entrance with nothing else but our camera, we couldn't pay the 3,350 VT/person and were lucky to get through (while promising to pay later)!

Finally, the next morning, Fred took us to a beach and the hot spring, telling us the activity would cost 1,500 VT/person but we didn't know it didn't include the car trip (2,000 VT/person). And the trip was definitely not worth it!! The hot spring is a joke! A puddle of very hot water where you can burn your feet if you don't pay attention to the waves. Don't do it!!

Overall, the overnight trip for which we were supposed to spend 5,000 VT for 2 + fees for a volcano trip cost us nearly 30,000 VT for 2!

Thanks to the amazing Mt Yasur we don't regret it at all but with Fred, everything comes at a (high) price! The room was ok (despite the big rat during the night but I guess that's what you get when you sleep in a tree with some food in the room!), the food is average but ok for 1 night (we met a couple who stayed 3 nights and ate exactly the same dish for the 6 meals they took there) and every car trip is very long and pricey!

And we weren't the only one to feel that we were being robbed!

Most likely, you'll get the same prices everywhere but make sure you ask for all the fees included in the trip before booking anything! Otherwise, you'll finish like us: short of money with no ATM on the island, forced to borrow money from a couple who was taking the same flight as us!
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Date of stay: June 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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obi81 wrote a review May 2012
Bern
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Tanna Tree Top Lodge is an accommodation run by Fred and his sister right at the footsteps of the Yasur volcano. You will find Fred with his 4WD at the airport, where he meets at least one of the two incoming flights if he has a free room. The transfer from the airport to the lodge costs you 2500 - good value!
They have one tree house, one house on stilts under the tree, a house with kitchen and two tables and a construction with "shower" and toilet. Currently they are building another house on stilts surrounded by trees. Staying up in the trees with volcano view is truly an amazing experience ...
The rooms are as clean as you can get treehouses, the beds are ok, the area is well maintained and looks nice. The "shower" is a bucket of water and a cup (if you ask - and are willing to pay a little extra for the gas - I'm sure that Fred will boil some water that you can have a hot shower) and there is no flushing toilet, just a wooden one with an earth hole underneath (toilet paper is provided) - but this is part of the "Adventure East Tanna". There is generator supplied power between 6 and 10 pm - that's the time where you have light and can charge your phone and camera. Afterwards it will be very dark - good to see the volcano, bad to see the steps if you want to go down to the toilet, so don't forget to bring a torch with you!
Breakfast is included and it's a good one: fresh bread, margarine, jam, coffee or tea and a - if you're lucky - a fruit. Lunch and dinner are ok, but at Kelson's Jungle Oasis just 10 minutes walk away you get the better food for the same price - and they have cold drinks. Just let them know in advance that you'll come over for dinner.
From the lodge it's only a good 60 minutes walk to the top of the volcano. You can also get a ride to the parking space close to the crater (2000 vatu); from there it's just a 10 minutes walk. If you want to get off the beaten track you can walk from the lodge up to the ash plain (around 20 minutes), go to the edge of the crater and start walking up the steep ash cone. Most likely you'll see local kids doing the same, just to run down. If you're lucky you'll see some boys ashboarding - and if you ask they will be happy to let you try it as well.
Fred is a friendly and hospitable host and he'll arrange local tours for you. If you are a couple or a group, ask for a discount for transportation ...

My suggestion for a nice Tanna Adventure:
Take the morning flight from Vila to Tanna and let Fred bring you to the lodge. Stay there for 3 nights and do the following things: go up the volcano around 4 pm and stay there till night, do a self guided ash plain exploring trip, walk to Port Resolution (2h) to see the yachts and the nice beach (half white and half black sand) and have a cold Tusker at the Yacht Club before you try to get a ride back in the afternoon together with Yachties that go to the volcano, do the waterfall tour or visit a village. Eat breakfast at Fred's place and dinner (and lunch if needed) at Kelsons Jungle Oasis. After that let Fred bring you to the Evergreen Resort close to the airport, where you can relax and enjoy the more upmarket facilities after the East Tanna Adventure and do the trips to the Blue Hole and the Yakel tribe and snorkel at the edge of the reef in front of the Resort (it's better to bring your own gear).
Important: Book the tree house on top (best view) in advance and arrange the transfer with Fred.
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Date of stay: May 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Take the tree house on top of the tree, because you see the volcano out of the window
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lucas315 wrote a review Jan 2020
Wellington, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Staying in the tree house was an amazing experience. We sat in the window watching the volcano for hours at a time listening to it grumble, and at night you could see it glow. We waited for 3 days for it to stop raining and never did make it up Mt. Yasur, but still really enjoyed our stay. Fred and Nancy were amazing hosts and we are already planning our next trip back to try to see the volcano when it is clear.

Fred picked us up from the airport and made sure we bought water and whatever else we wanted before we left Lenakel. The area is quite secluded so it's useful to bring some extra food. Breakfast was included.

Nancy cooked some delicious local food for us for our meals, and we enjoyed discussing recipes and gossiping.

The accommodation was very simple but comfortable. Make sure to put ALL food in the cabinet so a rat doesn't chew into your bag, even that forgotten granola bar at the bottom. Yes, it's a tree house in a banyan tree and you are going to see some wildlife up there, but it is worth it!

Going to the ash plains (about 1/2 hr walk) and having a run around was a lot of fun and there's a beach a little bit further on.

The stay can get pricey very quickly with the driving and extra tours available so make sure you know how much cash you have!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Tallest tree house is a must for that view!
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Parasail wrote a review Sept 2015
Brisbane
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Basic comfortable tree house rooms, one with view of volcano. Owner Fred & his wife Nancy can arrange anything for you from airport transfers to trips to volcano, cultural dancing, John Frum visit & trip to beaches at Port Resolution. Plan ahead & ask Fred the prices of everything so you have no surprises at the end.Flushing toilet but no hot water. Breakfasts free, lunch & dinners at reasonable prices. Nancy is a good cook for what she has. Take insect repellent, small torch,cap,closed in shoes and plenty of vatu as there are no A.T.M's on Tanna.
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Date of stay: September 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Tree Top Bungalow has a great view of Mt.Yasur.
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Ben_9208 wrote a review Jul 2012
Brisbane, Australia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Be very careful before deciding to stay here.
Our wallet went missing (after being left in the company's truck) and the owner of this company is renowned amongst the local people as very dodgy.

Avoid this place at all means!

The large majority of locals on Tanna are lovely and appreciate the importance of looking after their major means of income, tourism.

Tree Top lodge is run by people who exploit tourist, and destroying the reputation the friendly locals.

He is a liar and a thief.
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Date of stay: July 2012Trip type: Travelled with friends
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TheCanuckTraveller wrote a review Feb 2013
Toronto, Canada
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Fred had picked us up from our accommodation we stayed at the night before and took us back to the tree top lodge. We stayed in the newer section, which was quite nice! We had been told about this place by Janelle at the traveller's Budget Hotel back on the main island. Fred and Nancy were very nice and pleasant- in the evening they hooked up a generator so we could have a bit of power to get around the place. They also got my friend and I buckets of water so we could 'bathe'. Fun experience overall at the lodge. Fred also took us sandboarding which is amazing! So if you get that chance you must give it a try! It's not everyday you can say you had an opportunity to sandboard down the side of an active volcano! Fred also organized a Mt Yasur trip for us which was fantastic! And a trip to one of the local villages to see a traditional dance/ceremony- the view from the village was breathtaking! Overall it was a great night there- we did and saw a lot of amazing things. Pretty pricey though- as we were charged for every single truck trip which was pricey (eg down the road to yasur, back from yasur, to sandboarding, back from sandboarding, etc etc..) so make sure you discuss costs beforehand! Nancy organized lunch and dinner for us, which was nice. We were a little nervous the day of our departure as our organized transportation did not arrive on time..luckily Fred sorted things out and we made it to the airport on time. The airport is tiny with nothing to do- so bring a book! Great times had- Tanna was quite the experience.
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Date of stay: December 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The newer bunks are cleaner and not as steep/long a climb.
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666lilmiss wrote a review Feb 2013
Brisbane, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
what can i say... This was definitely an experience. This trip took me completely out of my comfort zone and i loved every minute of it. Definitely not for the faint hearted! Fred picked us up and we decided to jump in the ute tray instead of sitting in the vehicle, this was a great experience in itself, it was a bit rough but we got to see so much of the terrain. The tree house accommodation was just great. Even though it was a little rickety and certain floor boards were a little questionable, the view of Mt Yasur was unbelievable, we watched it erupting throughout the day and night. We stayed for two nights and i feel that was the perfect amount of time. Being a bit of a clean freak, after two days i was looking forward to a proper toilet and shower when we got back to port vila. But this was really such an unforgettable experience! If you stay here make sure you do the Mt Yasur trip, it is amazing!
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Date of stay: July 2012Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SoniaIH wrote a review Oct 2014
Castle Cove, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I am reading some reviews and think some travellers have forgotten where they are. The answer is in a developing country where the cost of petrol is ridiculously high and the roads are not sealed. Everything is more expensive. We had a great time at Tanna tree top lodge. We slept with a great view of the volcano. Fred tried his best to make sure we saw lots during our time there, including a local village, the volcano and the hot springs. All great places to visit but best of all if was a great experience! Yes it was expensive but we went to another lodge on the other side of the island and the same tours were even more expensive. Fred means well, but maybe his fault is that he does not provide you a price list when you arrive and just takes you on the tour and charges you at the end. It is one of our great memories of being at Vanuatu. Maybe ask him these details when you book. A word of warning take lots of cash, no ATM or bank in easy reach, in fact nothing is in easy reach!!
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Date of stay: September 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Get the tree house at the top of the tree. Hope you are not afraid of heights.
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Tyrannosaurus_Ross wrote a review Jul 2014
Edmonton, Canada
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The Good:
* Lots of other travellers come here and because you eat both dinner and breakfast at set times in a family style environment, you get to meet others.
* Close to the volcano. We walked to the top of the volcano from the bungalows in about 1.25 hours.
* Treehouses (2500 vatu each) in the Banyon trees is a cool experience.

The Bad:
* Chickens everywhere, making noise starting at 3am and it didn't stop. We had a horrible sleep.
* Breakfast was terrible as we only received a piece of bread and jam.
* It seemed like everything we looked into doing through Fred included extra fees that he wouldn't tell you about until you were about to book with him like 500 vatu each for a guide for every activity.
* One of the tree houses that some other travellers stayed in had rats both nights.
* The checkout was complicated as I paid Fred and then Nancy started harassing me that I didn't pay for lunch, which I had already paid to Fred. They were not on the same page at all.
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Date of stay: July 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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IreneLopezV asked a question Apr 2018
Buenos Aires, Argentina15 contributions6 helpful votes
How did you get in touch with Fred for transfers and all?
Chris asked a question Jan 2018
Singapore, Singapore81 contributions9 helpful votes
How to book?
Answer from Stringy B
Mackay, Australia91 contributions39 helpful votes
We booked through a friend who phoned them.
lucas315 wrote a tip Jan 2020
Wellington, New Zealand31 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Tallest tree house is a must for that view!"
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Mariannes wrote a tip Nov 2019
42 contributions14 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Chose the tree top room as direct view to the volcano, 50 steps high."
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Kate O wrote a tip Mar 2018
Los Angeles, California158 contributions55 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for the treehouse!"
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Stringy B wrote a tip Oct 2017
Mackay, Australia91 contributions39 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for views of the volcano."
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LCYChang wrote a tip Oct 2016
Taipei, Taiwan59 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Tree house has best view for sure!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tanna Tree Top Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Tanna Tree Top Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Mount Yasur (0.9 km), Port Résolution (6.6 km), and Nazareth Twin Waterfall (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tanna Tree Top Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and hiking.
Is parking available at Tanna Tree Top Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Tanna Tree Top Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Tanna Tree Top Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Tanna Tree Top Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tanna Tree Top Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
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