Islands, the forgotten islands of Vanuatu
Far from Port Vila, visitors to the Torres Islands are few. The islands are lightly populated and natural resources are mostly abundant. They have white sand beaches
and there's rumoured to be surf on Hiu Island.
village of Lunghariki on Loh hosts the administrative centre
for the Torres Islands (a vacant looking government building).
There is a medical clinic but no bank, no police station and
just a couple of very basic stores. There were no telephones
There's almost no copra
production in the Torres Islands and ships visit only when
there's a reasonable load of cargo booked,
only a few times each year.
three bungalows in the Torres:
Kamilisa Memorial Resort, Linua
Josedith Bungalow, Loh Island
Tutumel Bay Bungalows, Loh Island
cost of flying to the Torres Islands is a big deterrent
to travellers. If you skip Vila and start your travels in Santo, it's more affordable. Air Vanuatu has a weekly international service Brisbane (Australia) - Santo.
There's one Air Vanuatu flight a week to the Torres Islands. It lands at Linua, adjacent
to Loh Island. At low tide you can wade across the estuary
between Linua and Loh. When the water is high, people use canoes.
An adult return fare to the Torres Islands is 47383 Vatu
from Port Vila or 29405 Vatu from Santo (May 2006). Tourists with a return Air Vanuatu
ticket are entitled to a 20% discount. Exchange
You can get more value out of your air ticket
by visiting some other islands in the the Banks. Stopovers add little to the
cost of a return fare to the Torres Islands.
Travelling around the Torres Islands
Distances are short but it's difficult travelling around the Torres Islands. Operational outboard engines are scarce and there's
often a shortage of fuel.
There were a couple of sailing
canoes about, the technology was introduced by the Vanuatu
Cultural Centre in the 1990s, but they are unsafe in heavy
updated: March 2013 by Stephen