The Big Nambas Tour at Mae hints back to a time when the Big Nambas were feared warriors and cannibals. Their custom has a distinctly different feel from that of the Small Nambas, perhaps a little darker and more inward-looking, as befits their origins in the rugged jungle interior of Northern Malekula. But don’t worry! Chief Jean-Marc and his people will offer you nothing but friendship, hospitality, and a genuine desire to share the richness of the Nalint custom with you. Hear the stories of custom life for the Nalint people, as told through a selection of their ceremonial dances for the Namagi, a significant life ceremony. Admire the intricately woven headdresses and skirts of the women, and the energy of the men. Conclude your Big Nambas experience with traditional refreshments. It is just 20 minutes drive from the airport.
Typical tour programme
Tours operate at 2 pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – other days by request only. Bookings essential.
Pick up from your bungalow and transfer to Big Nambas territory
Dance to prepare the Nasara (ceremonial place) for Namagi
Yam harvest dance
Women’s coming of age dance
Dance prior to pig-killing at the Namagi
Join in the public dance at the end of Namagi
Photo opportunities with the Big Nambas
Transfer back to your bungalow
Tour entrance fee per person (2 people minimum) - 5,000 Vt Transfers arranged - we will quote a price specific to your location