Taloa beach, Nguna, Vanuatu
Vat-Vaka Bungalow, Nguna, Vanuatu
Lunch at Vat-Vaka Bungalow, Nguna, Vanuatu
Vat-Vaka Bungalow, Nguna, Vanuatu
Sunrise behind Pele, Nguna, Vanuatu
Vat-Vaka Bungalows, Nguna Island, Efate Vanuatu Aelan Walkabot rating
Visitor Ratings (19 Votes) Rate it

Vat-Vaka was one of the first bungalows on Nguna and it has grown quite a bit since 2003. The bungalows are a family business, set-up and managed by a son, Yoan.

Costs and Booking
Vat-Vaka charges 3000 Vatu per person per day for accommodation and meals. Children under five years are free. Exchange Rates.

Bookings for can be made by telephone or email and are recommended because it is popular place. If Vat-Vaka is full, there are many other places to stay in the area, see our Nguna, Pele and Emao page.

Telephone: 29995 (Yoan's house)
Mobile: 7771916
(Yoan)
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Website: http://www.vat-vaka.blogspot.com/

Vanuatu Tourism Office: Vat-Vaka Bungalows

Accommodation and Food
Today Vat-Vaka has at least two bungalows. Mosquito nets are provided. There's no electricity and kerosene lamps are used for lighting. If you need electricity, for example to charge batteries, the Presbyterian Church in Taloa has a large solar power system with inverter.

Toilet and shower are housed separately. Fresh water is provided for bathing (bucket showers). The western style toilet is flushed with a bucket of seawater.

Home cooked alean kaekae is served. Breakfast dishes may include gato or local bread, fried eggs, paw-paw, banana and coffee. Lunches may include fruit juice, rice, lap-lap, noodles, chicken, beef, fish, manioc, aelan kabis, fried onion, fried egg, mango, banana, tuluk, and pineapple. Dinners are similar to lunches. A container of drinking water (rain water) and a selection of fruits are kept at the bungalow for your convenience. Vat-Vaka might also have a kitchen now (haos blong cook).

First surveyed: December 2003 by Stephen.
Last updated: October 2010 by Stephen.

Visitor Ratings for Vat-Vaka Bungalows, Taloa Rate it
Date Ratings Comments
10/02/2015 Standard

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My husband and I stayed here 4 or 5 days in February of 2012. We loved the snorkelling and peace this place offered. Johan's dad Joseph was awesome and provided hearty, local fare that we thoroughly enjoyed. Only just now reviewing because I was looking up the site for a friend! Do bring your own mosquito net if you're worried about it. You could bring an extra one and leave it as a gift for Joseph and Johan, they would probably really appreciate it. Lot's of ants, but so what - the location and realness is priceless. Hope to go back someday ...
26/07/2013 Standard

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I stayed here for only one night in November and was pleased with my stay. Yoan is nice and runs the bungalows well. Another guest who was staying there made shared meals a little awkward with her constant complaining. Yoan's father Joseph does the cooking at the guesthouse and I was satisfied with every meal. I was never hungry. The only downside was that I was a little scared at night because the bungalows are separate from the village (Yoan viles in the village too). Being a solo female traveller, and also being a scaredy cat, I was scared at night being alone.In town, I met a very nice man who gave me a tour of the town and I joined him for some Kava. I later learned that this was Yoan's brother!
04/02/2012 Standard

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I was at these bungalows in 2009 but I only write now. I absolutely loved it there, however I returned with a very serious case of Malaria and spent 2 weeks in hospital. Unfortunately, I trusted the photos I saw online and did not take my own mosquito net - the 2 bungalows had nets but they were covered in holes and I was bitten badly (I had taken care, wore long clothes, took prophylaxes,etc). Someone here, didn't have much good to say about the owner, but cultural sensitivity should have told them that there's solidarity among the island people and they wouldn't do something against their own unless they're sure they need to intervene. It was paradise, food was amazing and locals absolutely friendly. As a female, travelling alone, I covered up (women on this island are actually told by their chief not to wear pants, let alone revealing clothes)and felt a bit embarrassed about a western woman who didn't seem to notice the looks she got. I loved it but would urge you to take your own nets!
23/12/2011 Standard

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My fiancee and I stayed here for 3 or 4 nights in 2010 and had a wonderful time. It's very basic (no electricity, no running water) but that's part of the point of going - it's a place to get away from it all! Yoan and Joseph did everything to make us feel comfortable and welcome. The food was brilliant. The small stretch of coral reef just off the beach is amazing... breakfast first, then wander into the sea for a snorkel. I've written this review partly because of the two peculiar reviews from earlier this year. They have all the hallmarks of fake reviews and don't match up with our experience in the slightest.
12/10/2011 Standard

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My boyfriend and I spent two nights here after having visisted Pele, we had a bungalow with a large double bed, which costs 3500VT per person per night (including 3 meals a day). I had read a lot of reviews that beds were uncomfortable on most outer islands but we didn't have a problem with them at all and slept really well! The setting is beautiful, you can hear the ocean while you're in bed and you eat breakfast while watching the waves! The toilet was a little smelly but totally usable and the shower is literally just a bucked and a room, there is also no power here at night so make sure you bring torches and spare batteries! We booked a few weeks before and Yoan seemed pretty organised, his Dad Joseph does all the cooking and looks after the guests, he is very polite and loves a bit of a chat. He came down one night after drinking Kava and was up for a chat with us haha! The food was plentiful and very nice, all local meals cooked by Joseph!
10/07/2011 Standard

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Yoann is a local MAFFIOZI and a shame of his village and community. On the telephone he says YES to all your requests, once he takes you to the island for 2000 vt, YOU ARE STUCK, and hostage : the price of 3500 vt for the bungalow becomes 7000 for a couple, the fare for the trip back becomes 7000, a total setup and blackmail. If you try to speak to other boat owners in the island to take you back to mainland, they run away from you because they are his accomplices. After two horrible days, and a lot of money, I arrived in Port Vila and report to the police and tourism office; besides, 99% of the villagers are nice and friendly, Yoann has no proud, he is begging for money all the time, I hope I was his last client.
28/02/2011 Standard

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had a terrible experience... a local cut through the fly screen window with a jungle knife... came into the room as we (2 girls) screamed for our lives. he cornered us and threatened us for around 20 minutes before other locals heard our screams and came to hunt him down. I was told by the chief he is a repeat offender and has targeted travellers previously.
19/10/2010 Standard

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We stayed January 2010 for 2 nights and loved it. It was very quiet (we were the only people and left alone until it was time to be fed by the friendly uncle of the owner) and peaceful. Very beautiful. Nice walks. Great for swimming and just relaxing as a couple. The food was whatever was about locally and minimal but tasty. The little shop in the village sold cold beer and biscuits too. The snorkling gear is extra and had seen better days. Really recommend getting out of Port Vila and seeing some of the more real Vanuatu.
25/10/2009 Standard

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We went to vat-vakar Oct 2009. Lovely place. Weather wasn't good for the 2 days we were there so pity we missed the snorkeling. We would have stayed another day but as everyone has said below the beds are hard! Other than that it was very pleasant.
23/11/2008 Standard

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Don't know if I should keep this place to myself or give it the great ratings it deserves. A great place, stay there. Need to take public transport truck from China town to get there for 500 vatu plus 500 vatu for ferry.
03/10/2008 Standard

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24/08/2008 Standard

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August 2008 Be prepared for cold shower with a coconut shell out of a bucket, flushing the toilet with a bucket and a very thin mattress. But you will really enjoy snorkelling, bring your own gear as its not always available or in good condition. If you want to see how they really live in Vanuatu this is a great experience. The children are just great and really find the tourists entertaining, we are still a bit of a novelty to them. Take some childrens books or writing books and pencils with you, school and reading supplies are appreciated. Take some of the tours and talk to Yohan, Selina and Christine they all really want to take care of you. Yohan had to come into Vila with us the day we left and invited us out in the evening with him, great people.
24/08/2008 Standard

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From the transport in the back of the truck, to the boat, to the bungalow and back was all such an experience for me having never left Australia before. Our food was island style with lots of bananas cooked in all different ways, manioc, lap lap etc. Selina our chef also taught me how to do some basket weaving with pandanus which I thoroughly enjoyed. Had a great rave with Felicity a teacher from the school and really got a great understanding for the local culture here. Didn't like Vila much and was really happy to stay here even though the bed was hard!
10/07/2008 Standard

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We enjoyed our stay, although it was too windy for good snorkelling. The walk along the coast to the village of Lakepa is worthwhile with interesting stone formations. Meals were just adequate with small portions, and we were charged Vt1,000 per person for the ferry each way because we did not go together with other locals.
27/04/2008 Standard

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Totally worth the effort to get to the Island and out of Port Vila. Beware the transport to Emua Wharf is unreliable so if the bus doesn't turn up at time given outside Hua Store in China Town go down to the market and ask the mama's and you will be able to catch a lift in the back of a truck for around 500 vatu each. Accommodation at Vat-Vaka beautifully presented and comfortable - value for money, however meals disappointing - we hoped for a real taste of traditional aelan kaikai but were given western food including tinned tuna! The best kaikai was the fried banana's and the mango for breakfast. Walk up the volcanoe with Kirk from Ngambungalows was a highlight, as was the snorkeling.
18/06/2007 Standard

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This is well worth a visit. We ran into Yohan in Port Vila and he helped us with the truck/boat transport over. Expect to pay 500vt pp for the truck, and 500 vt pp again for the boat. The price has gone up to 3000vt pp per day, but the service is fantastic and the whole place (bungalows, kitchen room, outdoor furniture, bathroom etc.) is great. Yes, the bed is (very) hard and definitely take insect repellent, but the snorkeling is amazing (the coral is just beautiful) and it's so relaxing. The sea breezes help to deal with the heat and a guided hour trip (500vt pp) is really interesting. The day you leave expect to get up at 5.30am for a 6am departure - you'll definitely see the sunrise! I'd definitely go back! Amelia, New Zealand
19/10/2006 Standard

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Quite an effort to get to but quite a surprise when we arrived. Very nice food, bed was a bit uncomfortable, but snorkelling in front was very good. Even saw 2 turtles.Take a solar shower with you for a treat after snorkelling.
Terry, Julie and Brooke
27/03/2006 Standard

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15/02/2006 Standard

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Yohan is a really nice guy. He will make sure you enjoy your time at Nguna Island and that you meet a lot of locals. The people of Taloa village are so sweet. Try to learn a bit of Bislama! Good choice if you go here!
Hilda from the Netherlands.

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