The shepherd Islands TRavel info
Contacting the Bungalows
Cell phone reception is patchy on Emae and Tongoa. 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
It is possible for the truly intrepid to travel by boat such as The Brooklyn and Island Claws. Schedules tend to be erratic. If you’re considering the seafaring option it would be worth investigating further, to be sure that you’re ready for this kind of adventure.
Roads on Emae are flat and reasonably good, while those on Tongoa can be fairly rugged in parts of the island. Truck journeys between villages on both islands cost around 1,500vatu (per truck, not per person). Best to confirm a price upfront with the driver before you set off.
Mataso and Makura
The islands of Mataso and Makura form an enticing backdrop to the beach on the south-eastern side of Emae. Boats travel to both islands from Finonge. A chartered trip to either island can be organised for 5000 vatu, or you can travel with the locals for 500 vatu each way. But a word of caution here, unless you're a hardened sailor looking for excitement, choose a day when the sea is calm.
Solar power is mostly used. It's a good idea to fully charge your phone and camera before you travel.
Although there is phone coverage with both the TVL and Digicel networks, reception can be extremely unreliable.