can be an enjoyable way to tour Pentecost and there's good
hiking in the south. The east coast, with less people and less roads,
should be a great place for walking but you'll need a reliable
guide and plenty of time.
to get around Pentecost
You can hike west Pentecost unguided, following roads and
well used paths. There are several guesthouses and bungalows
along the way. Here we describe a route from north to south.
Refer to the map on our Pentecost page.
|West Pentecost Walking
north Pentecost, there's a truck road down the west coast
ending at Atanbalo village. A walking track continues
parallel to the coast, across a river, through Labultamata
village and down to Loltong. There are small villages along
the path where you can ask for directions.
Loltong, Chief Richard has a house where visitors can stay.
A bed costs 1000 Vatu per night and simple aelan
kaekae meals can be provided. You can telephone Loltong
on 38830 (community phone, Leona store).
Loltong, you follow a rarely used truck road along the coast and come out on the main
road above Namaram. Descend to Namaram and then go though
the Catholic Mission. The path over the hill between Namaram
and Bwatnapni is rather vague and there's
a village on top where you can ask for directions.
there is a guesthouse which belongs to the school. It's a
two story, brightly painted, fanciful construction by the
road. It costs 200 Vatu per person, per night to sleep here.
It has a bunk bed, two single beds and is not a bad place
to stay although the door doesn't lock and you have to find
your own food.
Bwatnapni has stores and sometimes there's
a fundraiser with tan
kaekae for sale. The phone number for Bwatnapni school
is 38116. About 40 minutes up river there's an excellent
swimming hole (worth the walk).
of Bwatnapni, walk along the truck road, all the way
to Pangi. There's a long hill to cross before
reaching the Catholic Mission at Melsisi. You might choose
to break your journey here and visit the nearby Melsisi
Gorge. You may find accommodation at the mission. If
going ahead, fill up your water bottle from the mission's
of Melsisi, the truck road doesn't cross any hills but there are many rivers so plan on walking with wet feet (sandals
are a good idea). At Vanu there's a nice waterfall and you
can stay at Noda Guesthouse.
At Baravet you can stay at Samuel's
After Baravet, you pass Lonorore airfield,
Mount Vetmar and a hot spring between the road and the beach,
just south of Hotwata village. Finally you arrive at Pangi
where you can stay at Walap
Beach Bungalows, Nagol
Bungalows or other places.
Vetmar, at 887m above sea level, is Pentecost's second highest
mountain. It takes only half
a day to climb and come back down. On top you'll witness
some fine views over south Pentecost and there are some
unusual plants and birds to see in the rainforest. There's
a clear path up the mountain from Rangusuksu village. You
can also cut through the bush from Hotwata village. Make
enquiries and find a guide at Rangusuksu or Hotwata.
You should be able to walk along west Pentecost unguided.
Guides are need off the main roads and footpaths. About 1000 Vatu per day
is reasonable compensation for basic guiding on the islands.
updated: February 2005 by Stephen.