Loru Bungalow has rotted and fallen down but Loru
Rainforest Protected Area is still there. It's a good
place for bush walking and bird watching and has a bat cave.
Some visitors stay in the village at Kole-1, which is OK
but not really adventurous. Camping at Loru is more fun
and you are right next to the forest.
Visitors to Loru pay a Conservation Fee of 500 Vatu per
person. Those staying overnight pay 500 Vatu extra. Exchange
people just turn up. There's no need to book for camping.
If needed, you can telephone Waraker Ser (pronounced "Wa-ra-ker
Sir") on 5472535.
For sleeping, bring your own tent. The committee
should be replacing the water tank in 2009 and there's
a shelter where you can cook over a fire. Loru is self catering
and you should bring your own food.
are two good western style dry pit toilets (men's and women's)
and one haos
blong swim where you can take bucket showers. Bring
your own toilet paper, bath towel and soap. Water supply
is from a 1000L rainwater tank and it's OK to drink.
When visiting Loru you should first report to Kole-1 village
because you're unlikely to find anyone at the protected
area. Ask for Waraker or Kalsakau Ser ("Karl-sa-cow").
Kole-1 is about 3km to the east of the main east Santo road
and Loru is another 3 km to the north. There is a road to
Loru but it's not signposted and four wheel drive only when
wet. If walking, you can short-cut through the coconut plantations.
is one bus that services Kole-1, Monday to Saturday, and
a couple of trucks that pass by. Public transport minibuses
along east Santo can drop you at the Kole-1 intersection.
If you are fit and not carrying too much gear, it's no trouble
walking along the road into Kole-1 and onward to Loru.
surveyed: May 2004 by Stephen.
Last updated: April 2009 by Stephen.