Protected Area (short for 'Nagha mo Pineia Protected Area')
conserves the natural resources of more than 1000 hectares
of forest and coastline on northwest Malekula. It was declared
a protected area in 1994 by the kastom landowners, led by
Chief Timothy Nehapi.
The vegetation at Wiawi is diverse
including savannah, thickets, semi-deciduous forests and,
at higher elevations, rainforests. More than 35 bird species
have been recorded in the area.
has a long white sand beach where sea turtles come ashore
to lay their eggs, during September to March each year. Tagging
of sea turtles is an ongoing activity. Snorkelling is very
good off the beach.
Protected Area is a community-based initiative. A small
visitors fee of 500 Vatu per person is charged to help sustain
the protected area. Wiawi also has a waterfall tour (500
Vatu), cave tour (500 Vatu) and garden tour (500 Vatu).
Guides for general bushwalking and birdwatching cost 1000
Vatu per day. There
is a basic guesthouse at Wiawi village.
higher resolution pictures on our Vanuatu
Protected Areas Showcase.
updated: January 2005 by Stephen.