Get active on the Mount Garet hikeGaua Island, Vanuatu
Gaua Island is in the northern Torba province of Vanuatu and is less developed and over run by tourists which is win win for the dedicated explorer and adventurer.
The Gaua Island three-day trek is chocked full of activities: hiking, canoeing, trekking to the active volcano Mt. Garet and staying over at local camp sites by night. You'll walk through villages, coconut plantations, rivers and huge ash planes and follow a green lush track through the dense bush where you'll encounter several stunning viewpoints at an altitude of 509m over the active volcano, Mt. Garet.
Yes, your feet may become sore and your muscles may ache yet you'll be rewarded in spades with the great natural beauty of the landscapes and the kindness of locals you'll encounter as you make your way down to Lake Letas. After a refreshing dip you will paddle across Vanuatu's largest lake by outrigger canoe soaking up the amazing panoramic view.
It's a good thing you'll have done some training and preparation before your trip because for the piece de resistance you will climb for 45 minutes on a steep incline to the desert like landscape and smoking peak of Mt. Garet from where an amazing view of the surrounding tropical jungle and lake awaits you.
Best of all, everyone you will encounter at Gaua Island will greet you with smiles and genuine affection and you will be make you feel welcome. You get to know the real pace of life of Gaua Island living right in the heart of a traditional village. You'll meet every-day people, who will stop for a chat; villagers, children, even the school principal!
- The simplicity of daily life in the village
- The total off the grid experience – plan to unplug cause there’s no wifi here
- The plunge into the sea at the end of your hike will be well deserved
- Bring plenty of spare batteries, while you may find a generator there’s not much access to power generally
- Be prepared, you’re really off the grid
- Pack insect repellents, first aid kit and expect for you and gear to get wet
Air Vanuatu flies to Gaua Island a few times a week. If you have time book the flight that goes via other islands – it’s highly recommended. Check the domestic schedule and remember if you book when in Vanuatu with your international ticket in hand, you get 20% off your domestic flight price.
Book everything else through the Vanuatu tourist centre either in the provinces santo.travel or go into the office in Port Vila.
Walkers should be fit if you wish to do the full 3 day walk. Shorter options are available. Wear good shoes and expect to get dirty and wet.