Bay of Illusions Yacht Club, Matantas, Santo Vanuatu Aelan Walkabot rating
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Bay of Illusions Yacht Club is new place in Matantas. It's run by Purity and Solomon, who used to manage Vatthe Lodge before that shut down.

Matantas is remote from Luganville. Keen naturalists make the effort to visit Vatthe Conservation Area. A group from the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand visits every year in July/August. Cruising Yachts favour the sheltered anchorage of Big Bay.

Costs and booking
Bay of Illusions Yacht Club has two bungalows and a restaurant. Costs are detailed below. Exchange rates.

Under 12yrs
Group, 6+
Bed and Breakfast 2500 1000 1250
Camping (tent) 1000 200  
Lunch 600    
Dinner 1000    
Vegetarian Dinner 600    
Three Course Dinner 1400    
Use of gas cooktop 500    
1h45m Nature Tour 700 350 500
Jordan River Tour with BBQ Lunch 2500 1250 2000

You can contact Rolenas Baereleo about Bay of Illusions Yacht Club:

Mobile phone: 5612525 (0730h to 1630h) or 7712074

Accommodation and food
Bay of Illusions has two local-style thatched bungalows and a a dining hall/restaurant. Mosquito nets are provided. Kerosene lamps are used for lighting. There is a shared bucket-flush toilet and a shower. In the dry season, when water is scarce, you can bathe in the river.

Purity is a good cook. Breakfasts are simply bread, fruits and tea or coffee. Lunches and dinners can include bus kabis, manioc, breadfruit, rice, fried green paw-paw, chicken and wild pig, or fish. Traditional aelan kaekae, like nalot breadfruit, can be made on request and it's interesting to watch the preparation.

Services and suggestions
There are a few basic stores in Matantas.
There are sometimes a lot of mosquitoes and you must bring mosquito repellent.

First surveyed: September 2010 by Stephen.
Last updated: October 2011 by Stephen.

Visitor Ratings for Bay of Illusions Yacht Club, Matantas Rate it
Date Ratings Comments
24/01/2013 Standard


Bay of Illusions Yacht Club was our second Vanuatu ‘island style’ accommodation. We intended to stay for 3 nights but left earlier. The thatched houses are big but rough with little attention to detail. We were advised to shut the door with a lock and carry our belongings on us. The food was simple, fresh fruit wasn't offered between meals. The setting of the bay is spectacular, you get a good impression of the forest on the tour they offer. There are some obvious tensions in the village which doesn’t go well with Salomon’s guest house there. Unlike our previous accommodation, we felt a bit like the rich white people that are here to pay. As a matter of fact, we ended up with a bill of more than 6000 Vatu per night for 2 which seemed overpriced.

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