near Saratamata, is one of Ambae's main ports and also near the
Longana airfield. You may be passing though and need accommodation
for a night or two. The port is actually a crater (geologists
call it a "phreatic explosion cone"). There's
another to the west with a freshwater swamp and one to the
east with a freshwater lake (the local water supply).
No more? We have been told that Lolowai Transit House is probably no longer operating. March 2010.
Lolowai Transit House costs 1000 Vatu per person, per night,
payable in Vatu cash. Marsden at the Lolowai Stationary
Store manages the place. Exchange
Lolowai Transit House is a modern building with
three (four) small bedrooms, a lounge room and a dining
room. Each bedroom has two single beds and a locking door.
There was no electricity connection in 2004. Hurricane lamps
are used for lighting. There are mosquitoes at Lolowai and it's a good idea to bring a mosquito net.
has a water supply. The transit house has a western shower
and a modern flush toilet. Bath towels are provided. Bring
your own soap.
can cook in the Lolowai Transit House kitchen. It has
a gas burner and basic pots, pans, plates, utensils etc.
Lolowai has well stocked stores and occasionally there's
some local produce for sale. Alternatively, meals can be
bought at the Lolowai Credit Union restaurant. Ther guesthouse has a
rainwater tank for drinking.
Lolowai has telephones, a hospital and some places have
limited electricity (eg at the stationary store).
surveyed: November 2004 by Stephen.
Last updated: March 2010 by Angela.