NAMASARI VILLAGE COMMUNITY HOMESTAY
Namasari Village Community Homestay is a fantastic launching pad to explore some of the major attractions of Gaua island. Tours could be done either on foot and/or via boat, including visits to Lake Letas, Mt. Garet Volcano and the Siri waterfall. The surroundings are typical of tropical rainforest ecosystems, where incredible biodiversity could be observed.
Namasari itself is a magical place rich in traditional biodiversity, culture and history. The community plants and harvest all their food and prioritise the use of natural materials to build/decorate their houses, shelters, traditional clothing and everyday items. Namasari Village Community Homestay has been leading educational campaigns that raise awareness on the importance of conserving native biodiversity, traditional beliefs and practices. Also on associate strategies to promote sustainable tourism.
Diverse festivals with traditional dancing, feasts and storytelling attract visitors from all over the world. The community is Anglican-based faith that attends a church service in the village every Sunday (day of rest). It is advised that women wear only skirts or dresses/shorts that cover shoulders and knees.
GUEST CAPACITY AND ROOM FACILITIES
Weul Bungalows in Namasari village offer 3 small bungalows with maximum capacity of 2 guests each. Showers and toilet blocks are located outside of the bungalows and are shared between guests.
Other facilities consider a common kitchen and dining bungalow which overlooks the garden and shoreline of the village. The kitchen and dining bungalow are aimed at fostering interaction between visitors and their different cultures.
Price per guest/night includes all day meals. Electric fans, access to first aid kit, park & playground for kids and use of refrigerator are also facilitated.
Namasari Village Community Homestay is located on the North-East coast of Gaua island in Vanuatu (Losalava area; Torba province).
Gaua island is located in northern Vanuatu and is known as being the second and largest most populous of the Bank islands in Vanuatu. The population of Gaua lives upon a traditional agricultural economy that combines fishing and horticulture.
(i) Access by Car: it is only a 20 minute drive north from the airport, along the coastline. Under request, a private car with driver could be provided, taking approximately 20 minutes to drive and costing approximately USD25 one way.
(ii) Walking access: for the more adventurous visitors, they could also access the village by moderately walking 1 hour along the rocky and hilly road.
Best time of year to visit is from March to November, nevertheless visitors are welcome to visit at any time.