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The Lakona Bay Kastom Festival - 23 & 24 August 2014

By Rob Latimer — last modified Jul 14, 2014 01:42 PM

Published: 2013-12-06 00:00:00
Countries: Vanuatu

The Lakona Bay Kastom Festival - 23 & 24 August 2014

© Medical Sailing Ministries

July 2014: Full details for this festival can be found here.

Having visited the island of Gaua, (sometimes called Santa Maria) Vanuatu in September as part of the Medical Sailing Ministries outreach, I thought I would share details of a new festival that's starting next year ...

The Lakona Bay Kastom Festival - 23 & 24 August 2014

Join yachties, adventurers, trekkers and travellers from around the world in a uniquely Vanuatu-style welcome and a chance to explore this most amazing island - by sea and by land ... and also by air of course.

We found Lakona Bay offered a good anchorage and it's the first place I've ever seen fresh water pouring from the sand at the top of the beach ... in fact there's a photo of us filling water containers when we were there previously (in 2009) for our yacht's tanks in this photo collection from the msm website ...

http://msm.org.au/mission-progress/2009-mission/2009-photos/?album=1&gallery=15

Of course, supporting local village and regional festivals not only enables visitors to gain a firsthand "Vanuatu experience", it also distributes much-needed tourist dollars around to local communities to pay for much needed products and services - such as education, health care and fuel.

If you have a chance to forward this message on to others, or promote the festival in anyway I'm sure Chief John Star, Father levi and the people of Lakona Bay will be most grateful. In the the next month or so I'll also put a video up on Youtube promoting the event, with an introduction from father Levi showing their dancing, singing, carving and the amazing natural environment. I've put the attached flyer together to tell the message.

Many thanks and may you have a safe and joyful Christmas

Rob Latimer
www.msm.org.au

We have just completed a video in support of the Lakona Bay Kastom Festival - 23 & 24 August 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0AVqwY5PDs

 

PS  Look out for the NEW Vanuatu Cruising Guide that's coming out early in 2014 compiled by New Zealanders Anne and Eric aboard their yacht Reflections ... some more details here ...

http://www.vsa.org.nz/blog/volunteer-blogs/anne-and-eric-simmons-vanuatu/
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