bungalows and Hefarsar Culture Club at Banam Bay is an
established community business near the small village of
Vetgot. Most of their visitors are cruising yachts, from
June to October each year. They come for the Small Nambas
dancing and waterfalls.
The waterfall at Weso has an excellent
swimming hole and there's a wet cave underneath, reportedly
100 metres long. There's also another cave nearby which
is said to have a river passing through it. Of course, there's
a sand beach around the bay and the waves breaking at the
point look like they could be surfable.
Bay Bungalows was opened in 1996. The old bungalows were
rotten and cyclone damaged and one had been rebuilt by the
end of 2004.
A night at Banam Bay costs 3500 per person, assuming everything
is rebuilt and running as before. Meals are included in this price. John
Eddie Saitol, the manager, seems to be a reasonable person
and you should be able to negotiate a special rate.
visit to the Weso waterfall costs 1000 Vatu and kastom dance
performances are 2500 Vatu per person (group rate). It's
about 5 km to the waterfall and bicycles can be hired for
100 Vatu. All expenses are to be paid in Vatu cash. Exchange
The nearest telephone is
45 minutes walk away at Aulua Primary School (48561, 0730H-1630H,
Monday to Friday) where you can leave a message. Of course, they have mobile phones now, in 2009, but we do not know their numbers. Contact us if you can help.
Tourism Office web page:
The bungalow at Banam Bay is built with local materials,
has a small porch, is basically furnished and sleeps at
least three people (it has two single beds and room for
more). The door is lockable (bring your own small padlock).
Mosquito coils are provided. There's no electricity and
hurricane lamps are used for lighting.
at Banam Bay are satisfactory and fresh juice is always
available. Meals may include rice, kumala,
fish and chicken. The water source in the hills is clean and OK
bungalows have two modern, western toilets and showers. They are connected to the community water supply but there are too many leaks upstream and the pressure
is feeble. Bring your own bath towel, soap and toilet paper.
The villages around Banam Bay have only one or two very
basic stores and a medical dispensary. It's best to bring
anything you need.
If you're coming from the south, you may walk along the main
road from Black Sands to Banam Bay in about two hours.
surveyed: December 2004 by Stephen.
Last updated: May 2009 by Stephen.