Vatupau Beach Bungalow, Efate Vanuatu Aelan Walkabot rating
Visitor Ratings (15 Votes) Rate it

Vatupau Beach Bungalow is right on a stretch of beach, with fantastic snorkeling and views across to Nguna and Pele islands.

Tankyu tumas Kerry for telling us about this new bungalow.

Costs and Booking
Accommodation at Vatupau costs 3500 Vatu per person, per night, including breakfast and dinner. Exchange Rates.

The bungalows are run by Kenneth and Anita. Phone: +678 5462052 or +678 5465019 (Kenneth).

Accommodation
There are two bungalows. Each has a double and a single bed. There are shared flush toilets outside and a cold shower with tremendous pressure.

There is an undercover dining room and outside seating to enjoy the sunsets. Vatupau Beach Bungalows has private parking.

First surveyed: July 2010 by Kerry.
Last updated: July 2010 by Stephen.

Visitor Ratings for Vatupau Beach Bungalow, Emua Rate it
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02/01/2014 Standard

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We stayed at Vatupau in November for 4 nights at the beginning of our Vanuatu trip and it was the most fabulous beginning to our journey! We made our own way to Emua village and were met by Anita at the roadside market. The thatch & coral bungalows (2) are just 800 metres from the village & set in a beautiful sandy clearing beside the coral reef & overhung by huge trees. Mosquito nets provided & 1 double & 1 single bed. Separate bathing and toilet facilities. My husband is a big eater & the meals were more than he could finish. 3500 vatu per person per night including breakfast & dinner (we were asked to pay half of our cost up front). We wandered up to the road market for delicious local food for lunch & were warmly welcomed by the locals when strolling through the village. There was no running water for the first 3 days of our stay, but this was rectified for our last night (a coconut tree had fallen on the pipe in the forest). Rainwater was provided for drinking.
01/09/2013 Standard

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We stayed at Vatupau in early August. We loved our time there and wished we'd allowed for a longer stay. We swam with turtles, relaxed on the beach which we had completely to ourselves, and enjoyed the huge breakfasts and dinners cooked for us by Anita.
Going for strolls through the village and getting snacks at the road market were also highlights, as was going for a walk to Sama Village down the road.
If you'd like a holiday where you don't do much other than swimming, snorkelling and relaxing, in virtually total privacy, Vatupau is perfect.
On the other hand Emua is also a good base from which to visit the islands Nguna and Pele, so there are definitely options for other things to do.
Bring your reef shoes!
13/06/2013 Standard

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We stayed at Vatupau at the end of May 2013 with our 11mth old son. Kenneth met us at the airport, we jumped in a minivan and were off (2,000 Vatu). The location was amazing and a perfect start to the holiday. The food was beautiful (I am veggie but this presented no problem) and so plentiful. Our son was spoilt rotten and loved exploring the area and whilst our hosts were very helpful, they were in no way intrusive. There is a small shop in one of the local villages to buy water etc, Kenneth showed us where it was and gave us a great insight into life in Emua on the way. One thing that did catch us off guard was the price though. It is not that we in anyway resent paying this, but had we have known we would have taken more cash with us. The price was 3,500 Vatu per person, per night instead of per bungalow - the experience was well worth it though. Make sure you chat to Kenneth about his work in conservation - very interesting.
27/05/2013 Standard

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We stayed here for 4 nights in may 2013 and it was fantastic! Right on the beach with amazing sun rises and beautiful gardens ! 10 minute walk to Emua Wharf for easy boat ride to pele or nugna Islands. The hosts Kenneth and Anita were brilliant! Great food served to us every day and plenty of information about the area! Always willing to help and make our stay as pleasant as possible! There is a flushing toilet and cold shower available as well as snorkeling gear and a canoe! Turtles and Dugongs live out in front of the beach and if your lucky you may spot the huge coconut crabs at night! The bungalow had one double bed and once single bed with mosquito nets above each! Simple but comfortable! Highly recommend! ! Steve and Kasia
04/02/2013 Standard

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This is the closest to paradise you can find. Kenneth and Anita's bungalows are so beautifully looked after, and both are the kindest people you could meet. Kenneth was very caring and interested in ensuring that we had our own great adventure while assisting us with anything he could. Words cant describe this place and pictures cant capture the magic. This place is authentic and if you want to do the real Vanuatu start here! Sam and Alex :)
09/07/2012 Standard

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This guesthouse was absolutely stunning. It is in a beautiful remote location in the middle of the forest with a private beach and amazing views of the other islands. The food was great, we had a really great time. Its a little piece of paradise.
23/01/2012 Standard

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Part 2 We were only the second guests to climb to the top of Emua Mt (approx. 1.5hrs up including a coconut refreshment stop) – sensational views – well worth the climb and time with some of the local children as our guides. Kenneth and practically all the locals we meet during our time in Vanuatu are extremely friendly, interested in our story, accommodating and proud.
23/01/2012 Standard

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We phoned Kenneth from NZ and arranged to make Vatupau Beach Bungalows our first port of call upon arrival in Vanuatu. We’d decided to get straight out amongst rural life (we had two nights in Port Vila at the end of our two weeks before flying back to NZ). Kenneth was at the airport to greet us on Christmas Day and we took a local taxi together up to Emau (approx. 45km / 1 hr). Upon arrival we were warmly invited to join Kenneth and Anita’s extended family for Christmas lunch (a real treat sitting under the shade of large walnut tree, feasting on local delicacies). Their kindhearted hospitality continued for the remainder of our 6 night stay, with three generous meals served daily in our own private “restaurant” (we certainly did not have the same experience as the previous reviewer). Vatupau Bungalows are a 5-10 min walk from Emau Village, as such you practically have your own private beach (unless the other bungalow is occupied) and snorkeling area – idyllic!
17/01/2012 Standard

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Sadly the coral here is being attacked by crown of thorns so much of it is dead. Also, although this is a really very beautiful location, we were disappointed by a sense that the host was economising in feeding us - we were rationed on standard items like coffee and tea (no milk) and the main meals so we cut short our stay.
18/10/2011 Standard

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If you want a local experience with great hosts then Kenneth and Anita's bungalows are perfect. We stayed three nights and though apprehensive at first at the isolation and the quiet, by day two we had relaxed and got into an island groove. Anita cooked us some great and generous meals - island style; while Kenneth shared his stories of culture and the local environment with us. The beach is beautiful and snorkelling about 100 meters off-shore is safe and full of interest(though hard to compare with Hideaway Island). Each afternoon we wandered the 5 minute walk to the roadside market stall for banana cake and coffee and a chat with the ladies and felt welcome within the local village, where daily life went on oblivious to us tourists. Vatapau has two bungalows with flush toilets and beautiful cold showers. Don't expect electricity or WiFi but do expect warmth and the soothing sound of water lapping at your door.
24/09/2011 Standard

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We stayed at Vatupau the night of the 13th of August. We were a group of 5 people. I called first Kenneth from Australia to organize our stay. On our arrival Kenneth were waiting for us in the center of the village of Emua and lead us to his bungalow. After 5min drive into the tropical forest we arrived in the peaceful place. It was just perfect. We slept in the big bungalow (he has 2). The Bungalow can accommodate 4 people (one double bed and 2 single) It has a private toilet and shower (with hot water!!!) outdoor. Imagine taking a shower with a tropical forest view, just awesome. Vatupau has its own private beach with a marine park on the front! we did some snorkeling on the morning! We paid 3500 per person included the dinner and breakfast that his wife cooked for us! Just perfect! will go back there for sure if I'm lucky enough to go back to Vanuatu one day!
29/05/2011 Standard

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Correction to our post below: the bungalow is 5-10 minutes walk to the local village. It is also an easy walk to Emua wharf if you are planning to stay at Pele or Nguna islands. Kenneth was happy to phone bungalows on these islands and arrange our transport there (we paid him 200 vatu for telephone credit. Definately worth not staying in Vila and heading straight out to enjoy North Efate region.
29/05/2011 Standard

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We had a very relaxing 3 night stay at Vatupau last week. I called Kenneth and arranged our stay from NZ and he met us at Port Vila's airport when we arrived on the flight from Auckland. Island transport to Emua cost a total of 650 vatu per person. The road around the island has recently been upgraded so a trip on the back of a small truck with locals is actually very comfortable.
Napanga is a 5-10 minute walk from the local village so relatively private and quiet - the only noise we heard was singing from the church. There is a sandy north facing beach with trees for shade,a hammock and picnic tables. There is a good view for sunrise and sunsets. Snorkeling is great in the local marine protected area located straight off the beach. We both saw turtles swimming past. Kenneth is involved in local marine and land conservation programmes and great to talk to if you are interested in these. He also gave us a demonstration about the multiple uses of coconuts.
01/02/2011 Standard

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I got stranded on Efate due to a Cyclone, so I thought I go north and stay at Vanatpau or Vatapau Sunflower Bungalow (how it's called now). And I have to say "I don't regret staying on Efate!" Kenneth and Anita are very good and very friendly hosts! The food is really tasty and the two try to make your stay as pleasant as possible. They even have two Bungalows now. The place is surrounded by a marine and a terrestrial protected area! Very nice coral reef (!), lots of turtles and they even have Dugongs (!!) in the bay that you can watch in the afternoon, while relaxing in front of the bungalow. The area is very nice for hiking and Carlo is a very nice guide! There are even Coconut Crabs next to the bungalows. The community is very friendly and they are always happy and keen to talk to you. This place is just awesome! So instead of staying too long in Port Vila, I highly recommend going to Emua and Vatapau Sunflower Bungalow!!
18/07/2010 Standard

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We stayed in June 2010 and were offered great service by Kenneth and Anita. There seems to be 2 bungalows, but were told the other is owned by someone else. The bungalow has a very comfy dble bed and single, separated by a curtain. Both have mosquito nets and a kero lantern is supplied for after dark. This was a lovely stop on our way around Efate, on a beautiful secluded beach and close to the Emua jetty for a trip or night on Nguna or Pele. The snorkelling area is well marked out to find the best spots, and it is truly amazing in terms of colour and variety of coral and fish. There are 2 flush toilets and a good western style cold shower with great pressure. The meals are big enough so you won't go hungry, but not really exciting. There is everything you would need, and Kenneth will help wherever he can with sightseeing or whatever.

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