Your own private waterfall at Losinwei Malekula Island, Vanuatu
The jungle is thick, green and steamy and you will be caked in sweat. It will run rivers down your arms and chin. No need to despair though, there is a heavenly aqua pool surrounded by limestone rock at the base of the waterfall where you don't even have to change into your swimmers to enjoy. It's laidback and pretty casual here on Malekula Island, Vanuatu, everything is done with a laugh and a smile.
There's not a man-made structure in sight. It's all just green and lush. There are butterflies, bird song, splashing and laughter. This is what you want when you come to the pacific - nature at its most magnificent.
Vanuatu may not be on the tourist radar yet, and that's exactly the attraction. There's no luxury resorts on Malekula Island. Outside the capital city, there's no electricity and very little infrastructure. The roads are a bumpy adventure in themselves.
A visit to Losinwei waterfall is easy to organise once you're on Malekula Island especially if you're in the north near Norsup airport and Lakatoro, the capital city of this province. Just ask your host to arrange a guide and bus to the base of the short walk. You don't need to book ahead. Things here work at their own pace and everything is done with a smile.
While you're lazing in the pool you can devour freshly cut pawpaw and banana and wash it down with green coconut juice straight from the coconut. If this sounds like heaven to you...it's because it is. After a dip, there's tons of time for relaxing and taking in the bush and beautiful falls.
The Losinwei Jungle Waterfall trip includes cultural dances, a 3 day bush walk, some visits to an old cannibal site and viewing traditional canoes that Malekula Island is famous for. There's tons to do...you can either lay on your back and let the soothing falls wash away your worries or you can explore deep into the jungle.
- The luscious jungle and cool fresh water
- The local guides usually have great stories to tell, get them talking (it’s called ‘to storian’ here)
- Learn some of the local Bislama language – it’s really humorous!
- Take mozzie spray – the jungle can be alive with little critters but there’s nothing to be seriously afraid of here – no poisonous sakes or spiders
- You may like to have your own snacks as the shops are pretty bare of treats
Air Vanuatu flies to Malekula Island nearly every day – there’s two airports so choose Norsup in the North to visit this waterfall. 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 or go into the office in Port Vila.
The walk is an easy flat walk but does go over wet stones and zigzag through the river. Allow for 30 minutes walk but it may take less.
We knew that you’d want to explore this idyllic and heavenly setting and are happy our friends at Santo Travel Center recommended it to us.