Loru Rainforest Protected Area covers 220 hectares of lowland
rainforest on the the island
of Espiritu Santo. It is one of the last areas of representative
forest on the east coast.
and bird watching are popular visitor activities at Loru.
The forest hosts about 28 bird species
including 5 Vanuatu endemics. Loru also has a bat cave and
is an important refuge for coconut crabs.
to protect the area were initiated in 1993 by the kastom
landowner, Chief Caleb Ser. The area received an official
launch from high chiefs, councillors and government officials
on 26 April 1995. Loru was the winner of the Pacific Islands Community
Forests and Trees Award in 1999.
Environment Centre is run by the village-based Loru Protected
Area Committee (LoPAC). A small visitors fee of 500 Vatu per
person is charged to help sustain the protected area. Guide
fees are not set - about 1000 Vatu per day is reasonable.
You can camp at Loru but there's
higher resolution pictures on our Vanuatu
Protected Areas Showcase.
updated: October 2011 by Stephen.