Malekula Sunset

Malekula Sunset

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Second Annual Port Sandwich Festival

Nice write-up in the Vanuatu Daily Post:

Port Sandwich Festival 17-18 August, 2011

Hello Friends of Port Sandwich, We’ve got a lot of activities coming up that maybe you’d like to promote to your clients. Here’s a look at what’s happening in Port Sandwich:

2nd Annual Port Sandwich Festival, 17-18 August 2011. On August 17th and 18th Lamap invites you to celebrate its history and culture at the Port Sandwich Yacht Club. Several of South East Malekula’s kastom dance groups along with a few local string band groups will come together to share with you the culture that makes Vanuatu great. The women’s club will show you how to cook and eat in the traditional way. And of course you’ll be able to relax with plenty of fresh kava, cold Tusker, and good company. 2000vt/day/guest (kids 1500vt, 5 and under free). If you come early there’ll be a snorkeling tour on the 16th (1500vt/guest). And if you’re staying late there’ll be a day hike to swim in the Limangao cascades on the 19th of August (1500vt/guest).

Island Nights
: One night of every month from June-October there’ll be a celebration of the island lifestyle. It starts with a traditional kastom display then an evening of fresh kava, Melanesian feast, a lively string band and a chance to get to know the friendly locals. 2000vt/per person (children 1500vt). Here are the dates: June 16th, July 21st, September 15th, October 13th.

Private Island Night
: If you won’t be able to join us on one of those dates, don’t worry. You can have your own private island night. A private island night includes fresh kava, Melanesian feast, a roasted pig and our local string band. 28,000vt for groups of 4-12. 38,000vt for groups of 14-25. Rock and Noela’s Rainbow Restaurant: Learn the true meaning of ‘storian’ with these Port Sandwich ambassadors. Open every day for lunch June-November. Dinner and breakfast is available by appointment. Just 2 minutes walk from the wharf. Follow the sign on the road to Rock’s front porch for some tasty Vanuatu food with a little Wallis and Futuna magic. Hiking, Snorkeling, and Kastom Dance.

The Lamap Ecotourism Committee has lots to offer. Some of our activities include a 1 day cascades hike, 2 day bush village hike, hike to South West Bay, snorkeling tour, rent snorkeling gear or even a private showing from one of the Kastom Dance groups. Give us a call, email, or check out our blog for more information.

Contact Us: English: Stephanie: +678 56 18 096, Nigel: +678 53 64 181. French: Tito: 678 54 36 814, Kuzi: 678 54 61 422. Email: and

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lamap Custom and Tourism Video

A special thanks to Luc Callebaut for making these videos available. Clips of Port Sandwich and Lamap start at 6:31 in the video, or simply enjoy all that North and Central Malekula has to offer! Also be sure to get your Lamap travel plans in order for the October Island Night on October 7th and 8th (see the post below for details).

For more videos check out:

Monday, September 27, 2010

October Island Night

~October 7th 2010 6pm-10pm
800vt includes Melanesian Feast and Live String Band

(does not include fresh kava and cold Tusker)
~October 8th 12pm-5pm
1000vt includes Melanesian Feast, Traditional Dance, and Live String Band

(does not include kava)

Thank you to all those who helped and attended the September 16th Island Night. The locals were very happy to see 15 boats lined up at the Port Sandwich wharf. We hope to see as many yachts again this Thursday, October 7th. Safe Travels!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Island Nights in Port Sandwich, Malekula

Join the Locals for a night of live string band, traditional foods, and new friendships

-September 16th
-and October 7th
(kava & tusker not included)

Hello Friends of the Lamap Tourism Committee,

I want to say thank you so much to those of you who attended or helped with the Port Sandwich Art & Culture Festival in August. The community was very happy with the outcome and are excited to do it again next year. The organisers gained a lot of good experience and are preparing to receive more training in Tourism and work on improving the "yacht club" facility over the next few months. As they've been saying here this festival broke down a wall (i.e. set a good precedent) and now the community can work together to develop their area through community run tourism activities. Thanks to your support Tourism in Lamap is off to a running start.

After building up such a nice facility down at the Port Sandwich Wharf, the Lamap Environment and Tourism Committee has decided to make use of it with monthly island night events. Every month during the yacht season, May-October, the Tourism Committee will be hosting an island night down by the wharf. These nights will feature live string band, a Melanesian feast, the freshest kava, and cold Tusker. The following day there will be a custom dance display offered in the same location for those interested in learning more about the vibrant culture of South Malekula. The first of these events will be taking place on September 16th followed by one on October 7th. So come join the locals for a night of live string band, traditional foods, and new friendships. Hope to see you in Lamap soon.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Now with Student discount ;)

The prices for the Port Sandwich Art and Culture Festival are:
adult 7000vt
student/volunteer 6000vt
under 13 years 3000vt

Friday, May 21, 2010

Port Sandwich Art and Culture Festival

It will be a three and a half day festival from the 2nd of August to the 5th of August featuring custom dance from the two local custom dance groups, a circumcision ceremony, sand drawing, snorkeling, hiking, custom crafts, and local foods. Plus every night there will be a live string band, DJ, kava.

The price is 7000vt which includes all custom displays for three and a half days plus transportation to the custom displays. Tickets will be sold at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre in Vila, Wrecks to Rainforests in Santo, and at the Port Sandwich library/book exchange. The festival will be held down near the wharf to give easy access to visiting yachts.

There is limited accommodation: 12 beds at bungalows in the area for 1500vt a night and 5 tents for rent with sleeping bags at 1000vt per night. There is a direct flight from Vila to Lamap on Monday the 2th and from Lamap to Vila on Thursday the 5th. To arrange accommodation call Stephanie at 5618096. If you don't get through please leave a message.

Also all guests are welcome to come early for the July 30th celebration being held in Lamap on Friday. Also there will be a group hiking doing a 3 1/2 day hiking trip to South West Bay when the Port Sandwich Festival is over. Just in time to catch the Nalawan festival.

So tell everyone, South Malekula is the place to be this summer for
the most exciting custom displays and adventure tourism.

Festival Program Schedule

Monday 2
7:00 Plane lands in Lamap
9:00 Opening ceremony “captain cook lands” at Port Sandwich
11:30 Lunch at Port Sandwich
1:30 Learn to make a fan from local materials, learn how to make a custom fire
7:00 Live String Band at Port Sandwich

Tuesday 3
7:00 Tea
8:30 Transport
9:00 Labouvar Nakamal custom dance
11:30 Lunch at Labouvar
1:30 Snorkeling and Canoeing in Lamap
7:00 Live String Band at Port Sandwich

Wednesday 4
7:00 Tea
8:30 Transport
9:00 Maghar Nakamal custom dance
11:30 Lunch at Maghar
1:30 Sand drawing workshop
3:00 Take transport or hike back to Port Sandwich
7:00 Live String Band at Port Sandwich

Thursday 5
7:00 Tea
8:30 Transport
9:00 Closing Ceremony at the traditional nasara
11:30 Lunch
1:30 Walk about to cascades (or tranport to airport for those flying to Vila)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

3rd Annual Nalawan Festival!

The communities of South West Bay, Malekula would like to cordially invite you to the 3rd annual Nalawan Festival, taking place from August 9th to 12th, 2010.
  • Experience the ancient Nalawan festival celebrated through the ages by the fierce Small Nambas warrior tribe of Malekula’s South West Bay!
  • The Nalawan marks the start of a new season in the traditional calendar and includes grade-taking ceremonies, spectacular custom dances, pig killing, the ancient Noho ritual with offerings to the gods of the land, and much more!
  • Immerse yourself in the rich tradition and customs of Malekula’s South West Bay!
  • Get an authentic taste of Vanuatu life with an eye opening Village Tour; try your hand in traditional food preparation, partake in local craft, and witness ritual.
  • Snorkel the spectacular protected reef and witness the pristine sunset!
  • Dance the night away with a live traditional String Band!
Day 1: Cultural program at Lembinwan Yacht Club
Day 2: Snorkeling on 10 Stick Island

Day 3: Nalawan Festival Day 1, Labo Village

Day 4: Nalawan Festival Day 2, Labo Village

Package Price (two day event with lunch): 5,000VT adult / 2,500VT child

Extras! (not in package): August 9: Lembinwan Yach Club & Lagoon Tours(5372341), August 10: Snorkel Ten Stick Island

Come celebrate our living culture!

Reservations advised; please contact Willie Isno(5366168) / Yegor Makhiboroda(5617845) for information

Joakim Batikakon

Joakim Batikakon
Joakim walked the entire 60 miles with this duck backpack. So it can't be that hard...Can it?