main activity for visitors to Erromango is walking and trekking.
One plan is to land at Dillon's bay and walk to Ipota, overnighting
at Happy Lands and South River, and then fly out from Ipota.
plan is to start at Ipota, catch a boat up to Cook's Bay and
walk to Dillon's Bay via Potnarvin. There once were logging
roads across the island in the north and halfway across the
island in the south but these have long been impassable to
note that we haven't done all of these walks (yet) and the
following information is incomplete.
The west coast route follows mostly level ground on top of
the limestone escarpment. Steep climbs are encountered in
the gorges at Dillon's Bay, Pongkil Bay and South River. There
are few clean drinking water sources along this route except
Bay to Pongkil Bay
Bay to Happy Lands
Lands to South River
River to Ipota
Bay to Potnarvin
to Dillon's Bay
Village (Happy Lands) a home stay costs around 1000 Vatu per
person, per night, including meals. It's a nice area but the
river is 30 minutes walk downhill if you want to take a bath.
On Wednesday afternoons there's a village market where women
sell all kinds of lap-lap
(only 20 vatu a slice) and a few rice meals (the children's
from South River to Ipota follows the old logging road most
of the way.
walk between Ipota and Cooks Bay. The route follows the coastline
and the river at Cook's Bay is deep.
of the walking tracks can be difficult to follow and you'll
need to arrange food and accommodation along the way. Unless
you're fluent in Bislama it's best to have a guide (about
1500 Vatu per day is reasonable compensation). You might be
able to follow a local on some days.
A tent could be handy on the cross island routes, enabling
you to break your journey and sleep in the bush. Around
August it can be quite cold in the hills and a light sleeping
bag is handy. Also bring a few supplements for your meals
such as tinned fish and tea/coffee. There are very few stores
outside of Dillon's Bay, Ipota and Potnarvin.
Lands Kauri Reserve is two hours hiking (about 5 km) from
the village and the last stretch of track is not well maintained.
It's a nice enough place but is it worth the 2000 Vatu fee?
also be invited to see a Kauri Reserve in the Dillon's Bay
area. It's about three hours walk away and the fee is 1500
Vatu. Return transport from Dillon's Bay to where the walking
track begins is 2000 Vatu.
updated: April 2012 by Stephen.