Bungalows is on the mainland across from Vao island.
It's a nice, friendly place with beaches and reefs along the
coast and fine views across to Malo, Santo and Ambae on a
clear day. Tours and activities include: Small Nambas Tour,
Big Nambas Tour, Vao Island Historical Tour, Pialo Cave, traditional
canoe ride, village tour, snorkelling and bush trekking.
of Vao looks attractive from the mainland. It has seven well
kept natsaros complete
with tam-tams and monoliths
and the villagers can perform kastom
dances for tourists. Regular speedboats are around 50 Vatu
per person or 1000 Vatu for a charter. Exchange
tumas Serah for updating Tam-Tam Bungalows.
Accommodation at Tam-Tam Bungalows costs 7000 Vatu per night
for two people. Meals are 500 Vatu each. Airport transfers
are easily booked. Exchange Rates.
bungalows is owned by Jean-Michel Maleb and managed by Rose
Maltaus.Rose speaks French and some English. You can call
Tam-Tam bungalows direct on +678 5548926 (Digicel) or book
through the Malampa.travel call centre:
Tam-tam has three bungalows, built using local materials.
One has two singles and one double bed, another has two double
rooms and the third has a double bed and a single bed. Meals
can be taken on the terrace of your bungalow or in the restaurant.
Mosquito nets are provided and the doors are lockable (bring
your own small padlock). Electric lighting is powered by a
generator for a few hours in the evenings.
has its own private toilets and showers. If the rainwater
tank is dry then bathing is bucket showers with well water.
Bath towels, soap and toilet paper are provided.
at Tam-Tam Bungalows is a mix of aelan
kaekae and rice dishes with a western influence. Dinners
may include fish or beef, rice or lap-lap,
aelan kabis and fruit.
Special dishes such as lobster or traditional Malekula lap-lap
can be arranged. Breakfasts are bread with omelette and tea
or coffee (instant). Rain water is used for drinking.
Suggestions and Transport
Jean-Michel's well-stocked store is next to Tam-Tam Bungalows
and he has cold Tusker for 500 Vatu a bottle.
Malekula is rather densely populated and there's no shortage
of public transport passing Vao.
surveyed: December 2004 by Stephen.
Last updated: May 2012 by Serah.