Wiawi bush, Malekula, Vanuatu
Wiawi forest conservation, Malekula, Vanuatu
Endemic green lizard, Malekula, Vanuatu
Nabi Protected Area, Wiawi, Malekula

Nabi 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.

Wiawi 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.

Nabi 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.

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Last updated: January 2005 by Stephen.

Wiawi Guesthouse Malekula

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