Asanvari bay, Maewo, Vanuatu
Asanvari waterfall, Maewo, Vanuatu
Black Palm, Maewo, Vanuatu
Maewo west coast, Vanuatu
Asanvari Yacht Club, Maewo, Vanuatu
Swimming at Naone, Maewo, Vanuatu
Moon Cave, Maewo, Vanuatu
Sunset behind Ambae, Maewo, Vanuatu
Asanvari really is this beautiful, Maewo, Vanuatu
South Maewo, Vanuatu
Forest bloom, Maewo, Vanuatu
Pelsa Guesthouse Asanvari Yacht Club Betarara Guesthouse Lua ete Salgolo Guesthouse Walking Maewo

Mysterious Maewo
Maewo is a rugged, long and narrow island with many creeks and rivers. It's a good place for bush walking and Asanvari Bay in the south is most beautiful.

Maewo's population lives mainly on the narrow coastal strip along the west coast. Their main source of income is their gardens and some copra.

Touring Maewo is more affordable from Santo. To save backtracking, start at Laone airfield (north Maewo) and finish at Sara airfield (on north Pentecost) or travel in the reverse direction.

Maewo has only a few commercial guesthouses. Visitor accommodation is available at:
Asanvari Yacht Club
Betarara Community Guesthouse, Betarara
Lua ete Salgolo Guesthouse, Kaiwo
Pelsa Bungalow, Narovorovo

We have heard about a new place at Asanvari called Mule Ocean View Bungalows ('Moo-lay'). Contact us if you can provide an update.

Air Transport
Maewo has one airstrip, on the plateau above Naone village. There are two flights a week from Santo, via Ambae. A return airfare to Maewo is about 15725 Vatu from Santo (May 2006). Tourists holding a return international Air Vanuatu ticket are entitled to a 20% discount on domestic fares. Exchange Rates.

The Sara airfield on north Pentecost is closest to Asanvari.

Sea Transport
Few ships visit Maewo and they do not run to any schedule. From south Maewo, you could cross over to Pentecost or Lolowai (Ambae) to find a ship.

Speedboats are used around south Maewo. Some fares are presented below. Asanvari's boat is rather expensive. At Narovorovo, Basil's boat is cheaper. Exchange Rates.

Speedboat Journey
Charter (Vatu)
Duration (hours)
South Maewo - Lolowai
10000 to 20000
Narovorovo - Asanvari
6000 to 10000
Narovorovo - North Pentecost
Asanvari - North Pentecost

Land Transport
Maewo has only a few trucks and no regular public transport. If you want to travel by truck, expect to pay a full charter. Some fares are presented below. Exchange Rates.

Truck Journey
Charter (Vatu)
Airport (Naone) - Kaiowo
Airport (Naone) - Betarara
Airport (Naone) - Narovorovo
Betarara - Narovorovo

The roads along west Maewo follow the flat coastal plains and the distances are not too long. Walking is a cost-saving alternative to trucks.

Last updated: October 2012 by Steve and Pip.

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