more than land-diving
is a long, narrow island with a mountainous interior and
several rivers. It's a good place for bushwalking and the
crystal clear rivers are great for cooling down on a hot day.
On south Pentecost you can see the Naghol kastom
(land-diving) and traditional villages.
Naghol tradition is practised only on south Pentecost, from
April to early June each year. Villagers build land-diving
towers and men and boys dive from them, bungee jump style,
with only elastic vines to break their fall - the original
bungee jump. It's certainly a spectacular and dangerous
leap but injuries are rare. You can find out about commercial
dives from the Vanuatu
Tourism Office in Port Vila. Land-diving for the tourists
is big money with entry fees at 10000 Vatu per person or
7000 Vatu for groups. Some tourists come just for the day
to see the land diving and cruise ships started visiting
of Pentecost's population is concentrated in the north and
along the west coast. Kava
taro are two main cash crops. Most Pentecost men are
dedicated kava drinkers and it's kastom
for visitors staying in a village to drink a few shells
in the nakamal.
is a long island and a good plan for touring the island
is to purchase an 'open-jaw' ticket and travel between the
Lonorore and Sara airfields by land, finding accommodation
en-route. Pentecost has regular shipping services that could be useful for island hopping and connecting to Santo.
like walking it's fairly easy to walk
along the full length of west Pentecost in four or five
Several bungalows and guesthouses provide accommodation
Noda Guesthouse, Vanu
Nagol Bungalows, Salap
Panlike Guest House, Ranputor
Samuel's Guesthouse, Baravet
Walarua Guesthouse, Lavatu
Walap Beach Bungalows, Wali
more accommodation on our Walking
Pentecost page that doesn't really fit the commercial
bungalow/guesthouse definition. In the south some people
choose Pangi's Council Resthouse which is the cheapest.
We haven't visited this place.
There are a few newer places to stay such as Clement's Guesthouse in Pangi. Contact us if you can provide an update. Andrew Gray features some interesting bungalows:
Bangaware Bungalows, north Pentecost
Laone Guesthouse, north Pentecost
Rushing River Lodge,
Varavnu, Bwaravet area
Ranwas, south-east Pentecost
There are two airstrips on Pentecost. Air Vanuatu services
to Pentecost are summarised below (May 2006). Check the
Vanuatu domestic website for more up-to-date information.
Port Vila fare
experienced that flights through Pentecost can be fully booked.
This is because they service population and government centres
at Sara and Longana. It's a good idea to book your
at Lonorore was upgragraded in 2009 and is now OK in wet weather.
There are several ships passing west Pentecost on the Vila-Santo
route. The M/V Brisk is one of the most reliable. Good places to
find a ship on Pentecost are Loltong, Bwatnapni, Melsisi and
Ranwadi. A one way fare between south Pentecost
and Santo is about 4000 Vatu. Exchange
There are roads connecting north and south Pentecost. However,
trucks are expensive and there are no regular services.
If you're walking along the road you may be offered a lift.
Otherwise you'll have to pay the full charter. Some fares
are presented below. Exchange
Airport - Loltong
Airport - Bwatnapni
Airport - Bwatnapni
Airport - Pangi
is the cheapest mode of transport. See our walking Pentecost
updated: October 2012 by Stephen.