Serenaded by Singing ladies of the seaGaua Island, Vanuatu
We promise you there's no music festival in the world that is as unique and awe inspiring as the water-drumming, singing ladies of the sea at Gaua Island, Vanuatu.
The Ëtëtung or water music is a soothing, sonic and visual experience where ladies in hand woven costumes adorned with tropical flowers and beat a calming, hypnotic rhythm with their arms and bodies by lashing, splashing, scooping, slapping, skimming, swirling at the water while singing traditional song.
Each song is not only a deep water beat that you can feel and hear but also a whimsical song sung by the ladies in their local language. Stories and tales are shared. While you may not understand it all, you sure will feel it. The women's eyes are alive with joy and participation is encouraged, so if you're brave enough you'll be invited to join in the dance.
If you're looking for a truly unique cultural experience, this one is hard to beat. So is Gaua Island. It's remote, wild and full of adventure.
- Not only the cultural music and dancing, but while here why not experience volcano adventures involving multi day walks and breath taking views
- This truly is a remote island, so get into it like a local – experience the local brew kava, the cultural stories and the super eco friendly bamboo huts and traditional villages
- We’re talking really remote island – so there’s no supermarket, ATM or power and not always internet and phone too. Rely on the friendly locals, they will get everything sorted for you
- Bring snacks, battery packs and a sense of adventure
Gaua is a remote volcanic island in the Northern Province of Vanuatu. Book with Air Vanuatu who fly domestic routes 2-3 times a week.
This adventure couldn’t be easier, just watch and be brave enough to get into the dance.