Boulder beach at Vureas Bay, Banks Islands, Vanuatu
Vureas Bay, Banks Islands, Vanuatu
Nerr Bungalows, Vureas Bay, Banks Islands, Vanuatu
Nerr Bungalows, Vureas Bay, Banks Islands, Vanuatu
Dining House at Nerr Bungalows, Vureas Bay, Banks Islands, Vanuatu
Nerr Bungalows, Vureas Bay, Vanua Lava Vanuatu Aelan Walkabot rating
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Nerr Bungalows at Vureas Bay, Vanua Lava, belongs to Chief Godfrey Mannar. The bay provides a good anchorage with calm water and a black sand beach. Some yachts visit, from June until October each year. At other times there will probably be no visitors.

West Vanua Lava is mountainous and wet with plenty of rainforest and several rivers. The forest on the hills around Vureas Bay is good for bird watching.

Costs and Booking
Nerr Bungalows charges 2500 Vatu per person, per night, including all meals. The service is good and there are no surcharges. Exchange Rates.

If you're planning to stay at Nerr, it's a good idea to call ahead. There's a HF radio in the medical clinic at Veutumboso village. Your hosts in Sola should be able to make a call on your behalf or you can visit the Torba Tourism Officer in Sola (telephone 38550).

Accommodation and Food
Nerr has three bungalows. Two are twins and the third is a double. The bungalows have Pandanus mats on sand floors, bamboo walls and Natangura palm thatch roofs. Mosquito nets are provided. The doors don't lock. Kerosene lamps are used for lighting.

The bungalows share a dry toilet. The haos blong swim was rotten in May 2004 and to be rebuilt. Shower's were taken outside under an open pipe, fed by a mountain stream. Toilet paper, bathing towel and soap are supplied.

Good aelan kaekae is served at Nerr Bungalows. Lunch or dinner may include fish or chicken with rice and alean kaekae (yam, kumala, breadfruit, water taro, lap-lap, fried banana, aelan kabis) and cooked paw-paw for dessert. Breakfasts are usually home-baked bread with tea or instant coffee.

Transport
Sola to Vureas Bay is a 3 or 4 hour walk.

It should be possible to charter a speedboat in Sola for about 6000(?) Vatu, one-way, to Vureas Bay. There are no speedboats at Vureas Bay so plan your return carefully.

Services and Suggestions
Veutumboso, on top of the escarpment above Vureas Bay is a large village. It has basic stores, a medical clinic and secondary school. There's no telephone and no electricity, except at the school and the clinic, which have solar power systems.

South Vanua Lava is a wet place and there can be a lot of mosquitos. Bring mosquito repellent.

First surveyed: May 2004 by Stephen.
Last updated: July 2009 by Stephen (basic edit only).

Visitor Ratings for Nerr Bungalows, Vureas Bay Rate it
Date Ratings Comments
27/06/2008 Standard

Location

Value
Paramont Chief Godfried Manar and his wife are excellent hosts. We spent an enjoyable two days staying at the Nerr Bungalows and were entertained with Kustom cooking, kustom water music. The Chief gave us a tour of his nakamal and explained traditional kustoms associated with his position. This was an experience not to be missed!
The walk to the village from Sola is a minimum of 4 hours for fit people carrying very light gear. It can also be extremely hot so leave early. We travelled to the village in June 2008 and there was no food to be purchased anywhere along the route. The locals are extremely friendly and will give you coconuts to drink. No bananas or pawpaws were available due to a cyclone 6 months previous.

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