now has a bungalow for adventurous visitors to west
The major attraction in this area is Mount Tabwemasana
which is the highest mountain in Vanuatu (1879 m). The rugged
mountain ranges are home to rare and endemic birds, flora
and other fauna. See our Walking
Santo page for more information on treks and climbs.
The bungalow costs 1000 Vatu per person and meals (basic
aelan kaekae) can be
provided by families in the village. Exchange
key person to see is Chief Aram but there is no telephone
or radio in Kerepua and the radio at Wusi was not working
in January 2008. Just go, you will manage.
The bungalow is in a quiet place, a short walk
from the village. The house is made of local materials and
has seven or eight beds inside. The mattresses and sheets
are all new. There were no mosquito nets so consider bringing
one although there are very few mosquitos at night. There
is no electricity in the village, kerosene lamps are used
for lighting (but no kerosene in the stores, January 2008).
Bring a torch for walking around at night.
is a kitchen house outside the bungalow although it is empty.
Most trekkers would bring their own euipment and the kitchen
could prove useful. The village has a new water supply but
it does not reach the bungalow. Bring a water bottle. The
water comes from a mountain spring and is fine to drink
are two public showers in the village. Many people still
bathe in the nearby river. Bring your own bath towel.
bungalow has a simple sit-down pit toilet. Bring your own
toilet paper. You can also buy it in the village stores.
has two stores and the Co-op store has quite a variety of
cargo. Kerepua has a basic medical aid post.
everyone arrives at Kerepua by speed boat. There are fairly
regular departures from Tasiriki but you may have to wait
a day or two to join a trip (the fare is around 1000 Vatu)
and there's a decent guesthouse in Tasiriki.
return you will probably not want to wait and should keep
some money to pay a full trip (charter, about 10000 Vatu,
9000 from Wusi). Walking to Wusi is an easy two hours along
is almost famous for traditional pottery ("graon pot") which resembles
ancient Lapita pottery.
to Kerepua on a ship costs 3000 Vatu but ships going around
Santo are rare. You could be waiting days, weeks, even months for a ship.
Surveyed: January 2008 by Stephen
updated: December 2010 by Stephen.