Mount Tagutgagaro is Maewo's highest peak, at 811m above
sea level. On the summit you can find unusual birds and
plant life in the cloud forest.
up Mount Tagutgagaro is steep and slippery but doesn't take
long. From Betarara you can climb the mountain
and walk down in half a day. Guides can be arranged at Qwatiawol
the Naviso Loop
This walk loops around the mountains of central Maewo. It's
straightforward hiking on well used paths. It might be possible
to do the whole loop in a day but it would be more enjoyable
if you overnight at Naviso village.
Betarara there's a truck road up the escarpment and halfway
across the central plateau. From here you follow footpaths
to Naviso and around to Talise or Narovorovo.
guesthouses at Betarara
and Narovorovo. Qwatiawol and Narovorovo are
two places where you can find local guides.
to get around Maewo
Walking is an effective means of getting around Maewo. On the west coast,
you simply follow the truck roads. Some distances and times
are presented below. There's a map on our Maewo page.
West Coast Walking
(Airfield) - Kaiwo
note, there is no walking path along the rugged coastline
between Nasawa and Asanvari. Here you must use a boat.
Maewo sees very few tourists and the locals aren't accustomed
to guiding tourists. You will need a little patience. Plan
to arrange a guide the day before you walk. About 1000 Vatu
per day is reasonable compensation for basic guiding on
updated: February 2005 by Stephen.