Nothing can quite prepare you for the peacefulness, absolute beauty of the white sandy beaches, turquoise sparkling water, underwater colourful coral and thriving reef life, along with the charming people. Pele Island is very accessible from Port Vila, yet you feel like you are so far away from the stress and hustle and bustle of everyday life.
For our family, we love the fact that there is something for everyone. My husband can go off fishing and spearfishing, while I have an ‘island style’ full body massage, with half an eye on my 6 year old son having an absolute ball with the local village kids. Then the big boys get back, I can head off surfing or swimming while he makes a fire on the beach to ‘braai’ (South African for BBQ) and get ready for sunset drinks and nearly always a spectacular sunset off the side of Nguna.
And it only takes about an hour to get there! The car or bus trip takes around 45 minutes from Port Vila to Emua Wharf where a local long boat will take you over to Pele in around 15 minutes. Make sure to look out for turtles and dolphins on your way over. When you arrive each person is greeted in true island tradition with a beautiful lei placed around your neck made from local flowers. The bungalows are basic, but comfortable. Accommodation, three local meals and tea and coffee is included in your daily rate of 3,500Vt. You can expect kumara with coconut cream, pawpaw salad, seasonal fruit, fried rice, pancakes and homemade bread. Bring your own meat if you choose and cook it on an open fire under the stars. Ask about getting a massage under the coconut trees – highly recommended!
Pack minimal clothing, your swimmers, sunscreen, snorkelling gear and a good book. For the more adventurous you may wish to take your fishing rod, kite surfing gear, surfboard or spear gun. Pele Island is very laid back and casual, a great place to relax with friends and family, with some fun and more extreme activities if that’s what you after.
The lovely hosts of Takue Sunset Bungalows are Enock and Joanna. They can be contacted on 5348534, find their location and details #133 on the Hotspots Map.
Story by Jackie Potgieter of Hotspots Vanuatu