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Avutanari Mission, Espiritu Santo Vanuatu
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Avutanari Mission, Espiritu Santo Vanuatu
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viviannev wrote a review May 2018
Austinmer, Australia36 contributions10 helpful votes
We stayed at this wonderful guest house about a year ago, and we often think about the authentic experience we had there. Loved every minute, and wish we had spend more time there in preference to some of the other overly touristy places. We were privileged to be invited to a village celebration which involved several traditional events, including the slaughter of a pig. If you go, consider bringing some useful things for the school and kids - I didn't know beforehand that we were going, but the school is desperate for anything - paper, pencils, books, anything! Things like soccer balls, tennis balls. We also sent some medical supplies over for the clinic. Hosts, food, everything was great.
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Date of stay: October 2017
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AussiePride1990 wrote a review Sep 2016
Brisbane, Australia23 contributions10 helpful votes
Absolutely amazing experience of a traditional village. The Family was lovely, food was great and village was so welcoming. Would highly recommend a trip here to experience the true Vanuatu. Make sure you go for a walk in the village and chat with the locals. Also, there's a cave you can go and see for 500 vatu...Just ask them to organise it.
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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ChesterM28 wrote a review Sep 2016
Townsville, Australia3 contributions1 helpful vote
The bungalows are basic but clean and our hosts were very welcoming and looked after us very well. In fact the whole village was welcoming. There is now a flush toilet and a shower room. The bungalows are also well lit at night. We were very well fed - breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Fresh paw paw and grapefruit from the garden, fresh bread. We asked to try lap lap (manioc cooked in green leaves) which we were given with dinner. A trip around the north of the island to the blue hole was interesting as was the walk up through their vegetable garden to the cave that was a cyclone shelter for the whole village during cyclone Pam. The coastline is very rocky near the village and the snorkeling is not great but you come here to experience Vanuatu village life.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Or-konpon64 wrote a review Jul 2016
Toulouse, France3 contributions1 helpful vote
Je suis restée 2 nuits à Pantanas Guesthouse et j'ai beaucoup apprécié mon séjour là-bas. 2000 VT pour l'hébergement + les 3 repas. On y mange bien, c'est varié et copieux. Les bungalows sont propres et colorés. WC et douche basiques mais bien. Profitez de la proximité du village ou de la plage pour du snorkelling. La maîtresse de maison est très accueillante ! Seul défaut : les prises électriques à l'intérieur des bungalows ne sont pas assez puissantes pour recharger les appareils…
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Date of stay: July 2016
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: 2 bungalows avec petite terrasse privée
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Bev M wrote a review Oct 2015
Carrara, Australia55 contributions27 helpful votes
For anyone wanting an authentic experience, away from tourists , commercialism and the internet, Pandanus Bungalows on Malo Island are the place to go. Staying at Pandanus was a highlight of my trip to Vanuatu. There are three bungalows, all kept meticulously by our hosts, Vuro and Vomalehi who were very kind and welcoming. The accommodation and surrounds are spotlessly clean and mosquito nets are provided over beds. Vomalehi has made the beautiful bedspreads for the beds and she adds floral arrangements to each bungalow. She is a talented crafts-person and was busy sewing a dress while we were there. When Vomalehi invited us to see her garden, we weren’t expecting to see a huge rainforest full of tropical fruits and vegetables. It was like the Garden of Eden, and well worth the short 15 minute walk from the house. There are simple cold-water showers and clean toilet. The only suggestion I would make is to take your own towel, as towels are not provided The bungalows are only a minute’s walk from the sea. The food was fabulous – simple and plain, but extremely tasty and beautifully presented by Vomalehi. The food is served in a separate bungalow for dining. One gets to meet the host’s family and you can also watch her making the traditional food of laplap which she cooked over hot stones. When we arrived, we were served grapefruit, bananas, coconuts and a cool drink. Our lunch included freshly caught fish and other vegetables from their garden. Staying at Pandanus is very good value as all meals are included in the tariff. It is interesting to walk around the village, see the health centre, school, church and shop, or take a transport truck (3000vatu) to swim in the blue hole. I can recommend Pandanus for anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and see how people live on Malo.
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Date of stay: July 2015
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: All three bungalows are excellent
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