and Uripiv Islands, Malekula
two island,s with sand beaches and coral reefs, are much nicer
places to stay than the towns of Lakatoro and Norsup on
the mainland. Uripiv has more reefs and beaches and Uri
has more mud and mangroves. The western tip of Uri has a
nice, private sand beach.
Uripiv has two accommodation options:
Jionmari Beach Bungalows, Uripiv Island
Ngaim Orsel Guesthouse, Uripiv Island
We have heard of a new bungalow on the tip of Uri island, across
from Uripiv (September 2005). Enquire at Uripiv (48939, community phone).
are a couple of small reef conservation areas around Uripiv,
ideal for snorkelling.
has the Uri Narong
Marine Park. There's no bungalow but visitors are welcome
and can be accommodated.
higher resolution pictures on our Vanuatu
Protected Areas Showcase.
Uripiv is more heavily populated and more developed. It
has telephones, stores and kava
bars. Uri has only one village, no public phones and a most
basic store. Both islands have medical aid posts and there's
a hospital at Norsup on the mainland.
are lots of mosquitoes on Uri so be sure to bring insect
repellent and a mosquito net. Mosquitoes are not a problem
Speedboats from Uripiv land at the old wharf near Lakatoro
which is 5 minutes walk down the dirt road past the MDC
store. They come to Lakatoro in the morning and go back
in the afternoon. The ride takes half an hour and costs
100 or 150 Vatu per person (1500 Vatu for a charter). Exchange
speedboat to Uri can be found at the Litslits wharf.
A truck ride from Lakatoro to the wharf costs 100 Vatu.
The boat ride across to Uri takes half an hour and
costs 100 Vatu (1500 Vatu for a charter). Uri has only one
boat and it may be a good idea to make a booking. You can
call Eric Rose on Uri and make enquiries, mobile 40642 (call from 0600H-0800H and from 1800H-2000H).
updated: May 2009 by Stephen.