Guided Village Walk
Guided Village Walk
When ships arrive to Mystery Island, the locals from nearby Aneityum will bring their hand-crafts, local food, kava, and fresh coconuts as well as souvenirs so cruise guests can experience some of the local flavor.
However, discover the local culture and see where they live and make their homes and get a true taste of this part of the world. Travel to Aneityum, a small community that resides in the shadow of two volcanoes now dormant. First discovered in 1793 by French navigator D’Entrecastreaux, not until 1844 did James Paddon set up a trading station, selling Sandalwood and Kauri. Whalers would use Aneityum’ s sheltered harbor until the 1870s to melt whale blubber into oil.
In 1848 Presbyterian missionary John Geddie arrived and began to convert more than three quarters of the population to follow the Christian faith. He built a large stone church capable of seating his congregation that was then destroyed by a Tsunami in 1875, today the remains of the church can still be seen. There are an estimated 84 species of orchids, the largest collection in Vanuatu, that thrive here as the climate is better than its neighbor to the north, Tanna.
Meet the friendly, smiling people that call this home. They are less traditional than other islands but are just as easy to communicate with and are very welcoming. On this village walking tour you will view their traditional homes, local schools, medical dispensary and police station.
Finish your walking tour with delicious refreshments on the beautiful and scenic beach before re-boarding your boat that will take you back to Mystery Island.
Reviewer: Lyn Slater
Donald showed us around the village and we visited the school, old church ruins and the missionary house ruins. Walked around to where the timber mill is and the police, court house, etc. Boat ride was a bit rough at times and a lovely way to see and view the island, ship and Mystery Island.We enjoyed the talk and walk with the kids fishing out in the reef.