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Vanuatu, Ambae Island: Information for cruisers

By Tim Crowe — last modified Sep 30, 2017 09:51 PM
On behalf of Lolowai Village, Ambae island, Vanuatu, we are posting here anchoring details and tourism related, land based recommendations for cruisers.

Published: 2017-09-06 00:00:00
Countries: Vanuatu

We cruised through Vanuatu first in 2015, and again, most recently in April 2017; both visits included the islands of Penama Province, and specifically the less visited Ambae (may read on some charts i.e. OpenCPN as "Aoba").

We anchored on the North East Coast in Vanihe Bay (15 16.56S 167 58.40E) 7m, good holding in heavy sand. From here we dinghied to the adjacent bay east to the small village of Lolowai and left the dinghy secure tied off above high tide mark.

Ambae Island hosts the head of Penama Province, but sees very little of the tourist dollar generated by its sister islands, Pentecost (famous land-diving festival) or even Maewo Islands.

At the Lolowai school supply shop we were met by local tourism coordinator Shannon Tambelic (local mobile: 564 8231 or 567 2605). Our adventures on Ambae were rich in genuine warmth, unique local cultural events, friendly introductions to village life and humble hospitality. Shannon would like to see more cruisers visit Ambae and believes the island has a lot to offer.
Shannon offers the following services to cruisers;

  • Guided tours to Tahimamavi springs
  • Tours to Lovuintoghi Village including Custom Dancing, local food, Kava preparation and drinking, string band performances, basket and mat weaving demonstrations
  • Transport to the gateway of Manaso Lake
  • Shannon is able to organise transport and tours for small parties and families at prices ranging from 1500-5000 Vatu.

Vanuatu has much more to offer than the well worn "Tourist trail" and we recommend Ambae for a unique experience amongst warm, local villages set in a beautiful, tropical paradise.

Jude and Tim Crowe
SY Honey

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