Guesthouse is near the Duviara Conservation Area and at
the start of the northern route to the crater lakes. It's
a quiet place, cool and green
at 500 m elevation with cloud forest further up the mountain. Duviara is an excellent base for hiking and bird watching. Ask about Paul's swimming hole, it's about 5 minutes walk
from the guest house and ice cold.
tumas Angela for updating us.
Duviara Guesthouse is owned by Paul Vuhu. He teaches at Matevulu
College on Santo (2009). His sister, Emina Mweta, has looked after the guesthouse and then Ralf, his son.
Accommodation at Duviara costs 1000 Vatu
per person, per night. Meals cost 500 Vatu per plate. Packed lunches are 250 Vatu. Local
guides charge 2000 Vatu per day. All expenses are payable in Vatu cash.
Meriam (Paul's wife): 5949740 or 7710847.
Duviara has one guesthouse built of local and modern materials
with one double bed and two singles.
There's space for more.
The bungalows are lockable
(you might bring a small padlock). There's no electricity and not much lighting.
a torch light. There are no mosquitos at Duviara.
Duviara has a water supply connection and a new water tank. Paul has constructed a haos
blong swim (bucket showers) and a satisfactory toilet (pit latrine with seat). Bring your own bath towel, soap and toilet
paper. Apparently this is all run-down - see vistor comments below.
at Duviara Guesthouse may include rice, aelan
tin meat, chicken, freshwater prawns, bus
kabis and salad. Breakfasts are tea or instant coffee
with bread, gato
or pancakes. The water supply source is in the mountains,
it's clean and good to drink. If Paul is around there will
Bring a raincoat or jacket and a warm top.
The dirt track from Lolosory
to Ambanga is not good and trucks may not be able to drive up after rain (40 minutes walk).
Duviara Guesthouse is 5 minutes walk past Ambanga. There's a shortcut road from the coast, just west of the Lolopuepue Catholic
Mission but it's steeper.
fairly straight-forward to walk down to Lolowai, mostly
along truck roads (about 3 hours). It's also possible to
walk this way to and from the airport (bypassing Lolowai) in
about 4 hours. Unfortunately, there's no easy shortcut to the
surveyed: November 2004 by Stephen.
Last updated: August 2014 by Stephen.