Welcome to Lounapkamei, in the heart of Tanna! Be an honored guest in our village, staying in Vanuatu's one and only "Wil Tan Nima" or "Tyre House" - an eco-friendly earthship cyclone shelter (read more about this in "our story"). This unique accommodation is a special place where you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in authentic village life on Tanna, visit and play in Vanuatu's biggest banyan tree and be captivated by our vibrant culture in our very own village Toka Dance tour.
“Joe, Thomas and Elodie have created a very special space and opportunity for visitors to experience Tanna island and glimpse life in Lounapkamei village. The earthship residence they have constructed and prepared for guests is clean, well-appointed and tastefully furnished including a beautiful garden and thoughtful amenities, with solar/battery electricity supply and mosquito net. Bottled or boiled water is provided and also available in Lenakel town, where ATM and currency exchange facilities can be found too. We enjoyed the chance to interact with the community and also appreciated the polite and attentive manner of our hosts, their willingness to include us in daily activities without obligation, the local meals prepared for us so nicely, and the friendly hospitality from the whole community. Additionally, from our homestay in this village, Tanna island's many points of interest were within reach and could be conveniently facilitated at reasonable rates by Tokatan Tours, including the Banyan tree, Mt Yasur volcano and unique Toka dance welcome and cultural trail prepared by our hosts early in our visit - an offering that seems unique to Tokatan Tours and was especially fun and educational. We left enriched by our experience in Lounapkamei and grateful to the hosts and residents for embracing our visit so warmly and spiritedly. Thank you for this privilege, and congratulations to Joe and family on such a well-run and sincere operation that allowed us to experience Tanna and what must surely be the best of Vanuatu!”
You'll love our place because we are offering something unique that few get to experience - true village life. Be overwhelmed by the stares. Be challenged by the basic conditions of the hut and amenities. But let your heart be touched by the magic of a traditional culture. Allow yourself to be carried away by the traditional dancing and dress. And let the experience change you forever. Prices include freshly cooked village meals and a mountain sunset walk .
“What a great experience I just had with Iawilum and her lovely family! They are very nice and kind people, they will make you feel comfortable, like at home, and they will do their best to help you with anything you need. I’ve just spent exactly 2 months in Lowiasia Village. So i think I’ve experimented the kastom life deeply. I can tell to the next guest that I’m French living in Paris and I’m used to and I liked the “comfort” of our western society. I hate camping. In my opinion this life here has nothing to do with camping. You will live with people who inhabit here, in and with the nature, in and with the soil, they are very strong and they communicate with the nature. I admire them. This stay has made me feel good and I hope I will come back soon. For sure you shouldn’t expect a touristic hostel room service. Shower, and toilets are very basic. But come on, if i could do it, then everyone can do it. You should not worry about the food because it’s only fresh vegetables or fruits from the garden. Sometimes they kill a cow or chicken or get fresh fish. I’m impressed with nice dishes they served me with a basic kitchen. One of the first things Iawilum told me is “if our food doesn’t feed your body, you tell me and we will go buy an other one”. So you shouldn’t hesitate to tell her if something is wrong with your stomach, but also try to get used to their food. Me I like it a lot and I eat same dishes as them. Their project to welcome guests is very nice and i hope they will have more and more guests. Trust me, just come here! Also Iawilum is a great guide. She will do her best to organize your trip if you want to visit blue cave, volcano... and so on it’s good to stay with her because some people in the villages around here are not used to see tourists yet, and they are shy to speak (English) to you. But you have nothing to worry about. If one moment you feel not comfortable in Vanuatu, then you just smile to people and continue your way. I think I was not an easy guest for Iawilum, because I was here for my very particular artistic project about my family history. I’ve been asking to her many not common things. I was not a tourist here. And she (and her family) was very happy and touched to support me about my project. She was very helpful and I feel really grateful for everything she did. Iawilum and her father speak well English, and some of her sisters too, if they are here when you come. Iawilum’s mother doesn’t speak English but she understand small as Bislama looks like English, and she is only very adorable. Children are lovely funny and play a lot....”
Beautifully constructed bungalows set in lovely forest. These bugalows look directly upon the erupting volcano. Experience the real life as you interact with our family and village.