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.
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.
Malekula island offers a pristine environment to visit and explore.
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
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
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.
Local culture and heritage prominently feature with Malekula
islanders, who are happy to welcome visitors.
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.