Malampa Province in Vanuatu
includes the islands of Malekula, Ambrym & Paama.
For travellers Malampa offers a unique combination of active volcanoes, guided treks,
and a rich cultural experience of kastom dance and art.
A trip to MALAMPA is a unique cultural experience; a chance to learn about an ancient peoples in Malekula, the Big Nambas, to see traditional dancing and sand drawing in Ambrym, visit Smol Nambas cannibal sites in North Malekula, trek through the jungles and visit untouched waterfalls in South Malekula or the lunar-like ash plains of Central Ambrym.
Journey to MALAMPA for an opportunity to swim with dugongs in Gaspard Bay or snorkel in the turquoise waters of the Maskelyne Islands.
MALAMPA Province gets its name from the islands of Malekula (MAL), Ambrym (AM) and Paama (PA).
The region also includes a number of smaller islands along the coast of Malekula and the uninhabited volcanic island of Lopevi. The islands of MALAMPA are steeped in tradition, culture and history and an ‘untouched’ wilderness.
The province also contains the twin volcanoes of Mt Benbow (1160 m) and Mt Marum (1270 m) on the island of Ambrym or the ‘black magic island’.
The people of MALAMPA province are proud of their cultural heritage and pristine environment, they invite you to come relax, enjoy and learn about the wonders of their home.
MALEKULA is the home to the Big Nambas and Smol Nambas tribes. Previously fearsome warriors and cannibals, they are now sharing their unique culture and traditions with visitors.
You can join a tour to experience celebrations with rhythmic dancing, singing and fantastic costuming, as well listen to the stories as you visit eerie cannibal sites. You can tour and be hosted in small villages to sample delicious local foods (kakae) and experience traditional ways of life - from traditional fire-making to weaving.
For a more active adventure - you can try snorkeling in the beautiful waters of the many beaches and marine reserves teeming with colourful fish species, try traditional outrigger canoe trips, and walk a number of adventurous guided hiking trails including the iconic Man Bush Trail and Dog's Head Walk in to the mountainous interior and beautiful conservation areas.
The art of MALEKULA is some of the finest in Vanuatu; sand drawing, tall head dresses, puppet figures, weaving, beautiful local timber carving, masks, and clay pottery.
There are many authentic and beautiful locally-built, hosted and catered bungalows to stay at on MALEKULA, where your hosts are extremely friendly, hospitable and knowledgeable.
The offshore 'smol aelans' of the Maskeylynes, Uri, Uripiv, Rano, Wala, Atchin and Vao (to mention just some) are also worth visiting for a unique small island experience.
Click here to visit our Malekula website
AMBRYM to the east of Malekula across the Coral Sea is famous for its active and awesome twin volcanoes, its fabulous black-sand beaches, and intricate carvings in wood, stone and tree fern.
AMBRYM is also known for its mystical sorcery and powerful magic, tamtams and Rom spirit dances. In the villages, the ancient customs play a significant part in day to day living. The 'Man blong Majik" are treated with utmost respect and practice sorcery and magic beyond all imaginings. The magnificent tamtams carved from tree trunks are impressive forms of art planted in the ground and measuring up to several meters high to beat out the rhythm for singing and dancing during ceremonial rituals
Mt Benbow (1160m) and Mt Marum (1270m) volcanoes are constantly making their presence felt - rumbling away with the smaller vents oozing steam and lava. Standing on the rim of these volcanoes the core of the lava lakes can be seen swirling and spitting in endless fury. They are located in the middle of the island and form a huge caldera some 12kms in diameter. The lava flows and ash dust that surround the two volcanoes give the landscape a moonlike aspect and the sight is breathtaking.
There are many accommodation options in local-style bungalows, and a number of excellent guided tours with professionally trained guides across the ash plain to see the volcanoes.
PAAMA is a new addition to the Malampa's tourist trail but will be a fantastic place to unearth in years to come.
Click here to visit our Ambrym website