Nguna Island TRavel info
Contacting the Bungalows
Cell phone reception is patchy on Nguna. In addition people rely on solar and generators for power, so their phones may not be charged. If they don’t answer, keep trying the number. Send a text. If you still can’t get through, contact the Shefa Tourism Office on 5526028
Boats from Emua Wharf cost 3,000 vatu each way as a charter (up to 15 pax) or 500 vatu per person when travelling as a local (ie. the boat leaves when it is full and doesn’t run to any sort of timetable). Often bungalow owners will be able to organise a boat for you.
There are a few rugged roads and a couple of vehicles on Nguna, but walking is the usual way to get around. Tell the boat driver where you are staying and you will be dropped at the point closest to your accommodation, minimising the amount of walking required. Boat trips to Utalangi on the north-western side of the island can be arranged, ask your bungalow owner for information. Trekking to the volcano will require a guide.
Solar power and occasionally generators are used. You are able to charge your phone, camera or laptop at Eles School computer lab for 20 - 50 vatu a device.
Although there is phone coverage with both the TVL and Digicel networks, reception can be unreliable. Internet is available at Eles School's computer lab at a cost of 100 vatu for 15 minutes - use of their computers is free. There is wifi at Mere-Sauwia.
Nguna is a small island and waste management is an issue. The Shefa Tourism Office encourages visitors to take plastic bottles and other inorganic waste that they generate (including used disposable nappies) back to Port Vila with them where they can be disposed of properly.
Respecting Local Culture
Things to consider taking with you to an island bungalow