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.
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.