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Malekula Island

Discover pristine, untouched splendor of Malekula Island

The island of Malekula offers you unspoiled beauty and an incredible array of history and culture. You'll find the islanders retain many of their original customs, including dress and oral history. You'll also find that the area teems with beauty and attractions.

Pristine splendour
Malekula island offers a pristine environment to visit and explore.

If you are looking for a pristine environment to enjoy, this island is the best place from which to do it. The best base of operations from which to explore the island is on Wala Island, located just off the coast, where you will find bungalows and dining options.

What to Do on Malekula?

Malekula is an incredible place to explore. It has become a favored destination by anthropologists around the world. Due to the lack of sandalwood on the island, and a reputation for cannibalism among the islanders, Europeans rarely visited the island. As a result, the original customs of the islanders remain largely unchanged. Even the famed Small and Big Nambas tribes remain in the interior.

With independence, the colonizing force of change was removed; the tribes of Malekula are now happy to open their homes to visitors and take great pride in discussing their culture and heritage.

You'll find that the island excels in two areas; exploration options and interaction with the islanders. You'll find a population in excess of 20,000 in the coastal regions, while the interior of the island has over 1,000 inhabitants. The warm and welcoming people of the island act as guides for exploring the island and help show visitors the best areas for their trip.

Islanders in colourful attire at Feast Night
Local culture and heritage prominently feature with Malekula islanders, who are happy to welcome visitors and act as their guides to the island.

Where to Stay on Malekula?

The accommodations on Malekula are very basic; you'll find no resorts and no hotels. Limited guesthouses dot the island, though visitors are welcome to stay in these. For more comfortable accommodations, head out to Wala Island, off the coast of Malekula. You'll find bungalows, dining options and more. This is the best place to stay during your trip to the island and can be reached easily by speedboat or ferry.

Alo Lodge offers guesthouses on the main island, as well as limited meals. You'll find it located in the southwestern corner of Malekula. In addition, Banam Bay Bungalows allows you to stay with the Small Nambas. You'll find these guesthouses basic, though comfortable. Banam Bay Bungalows is located in the village of Fartapo. Shared showers are available, as is limited dining.

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