Giant Banyan, West Coast, & Blackmantown.
An journey to Giant Banyan, travel along the West Coast, & experience Tannese Life in Blackmantown.
Travel into the Hills to Explore the Giant Banyan.
The Tour begins by travelling into the hills of the West Coast, through substantial groves of mango trees and yam cultivation, with panoramic views over the rolling landscape and east coast beaches. The 4WD track takes visitors past the overgrown airport used during World War II into a secluded valley that at first conceals any presence of the ancient Banyan tree.
A short walk through overgrown tropical bush continues to hide the Banyan, until, at the bottom of the trail it's monumental extent and splendour is unveiled. The Giant Banyan was said to have been a sizeable tree when Captain Cook visited Tanna in August 1774, and visitors immediately gain an intense feeling of history, blended with immense cultural mystic. Not only has the myriad of trunks and branches spread themselves over a wide area, but twisted root systems have created a series of amphitheatric platforms around the base of the tree.
Walking around the tree is a pretty amazing experience and can take quite a while with awesome viewing from all angles. The strength and span of the huge branches, being supported by a network of trucks makes for stunning viewing. The Guide shows off his prowess at swinging from limb to limb using one of the many hanging vines, and invites participants to do the same.
Island Coffee Processing.
The soils and climate of Tanna island are particularly suited to coffee cultivation, and a network of small locally owned coffee plantations are spread out across the central highlands region. While initial drying occurs in the villages scattered around Middlebush, grading and processing occurs at a couple of locations along the west coast. Here, at certain times of year further drying occurs, defective and damaged beans are removed, with the remainder bagged ready for export.
The West Coast Beaches and Blackmantown.
Blackmantown or the Lenakel excursion, starts with a ride along the beach road to see the dugouts, and have a look around what makes up the major township of Tanna. The excursion spends time at the markets (Open most weekdays but traditionally Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), where travellers gain a great appreciation of what is grown, collected and of value on a remote Melanesian island. It is a great place just to sit and observe local Tannese people going about their daily routines. It is notable that Blackmantown is a term proudly coined by local Tannese signifying that they control all commercial activity on the island (and not outsiders).
Depending on whether the tour occurs in the morning or afternoon, there are a number of restaurants serving a wide selection of meals based on locally grown produce.
Giant Banyan, West Coast, & Blackmantown Tour Information.
Whitegrass Zone • Pick-up + Drop-off
|Price Details||Min 2 Adults||Children|
|AUD 97||AUD 20|
|AUD 25||AUD 5|
Middlebush Zone • Pick-up + Drop-off
|Price Details||Min 2 Adults||Children|
|AUD 126||AUD 20|
|AUD 32||AUD 5|
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The duration of the tour takes approximately 3-4 hours.
Morning or Afternoon Tours are available.
The Tour can either be commenced first thing in the morning (pickup at around 8.30 am carrying through until after mid-day allowing for lunch in Blackmantown (your care), or afternoon (pickup at around 11.30 am) with an allowance for lunch in Blackmantown first and continuing over the course of the afternoon.
Pickup and Dropoff from Accommodation.
Costs includes pickup and drop-off from accommodation on the Whitegrass coast near to the airport - Zone A (Airport zone) or near Lenakel -Zone B The tour is suitable for most people. The Tour includes transport to and from accommodation, tour transport, driver/guide and entrance fees. It does not include the cost of Lunch which is travellers care. Generally, no specific requirements are necessary for this tour. (normal precautions associated with sun exposure on tropical islands to be observed.) A suitable camera or mobile phone to take pictures of the journey.
Fitness and Health Levels.
What to Bring.
The tour is suitable for most people.
The Tour includes transport to and from accommodation, tour transport, driver/guide and entrance fees. It does not include the cost of Lunch which is travellers care.
Generally, no specific requirements are necessary for this tour. (normal precautions associated with sun exposure on tropical islands to be observed.)
A suitable camera or mobile phone to take pictures of the journey.
The Giant Banyan, West Coast, and Blackmantown Tour requires a minimum number of two(2) people for it to proceed.
Single travellers are able to be a part of tours that are proceeding, or where more than one single shows interest for a specific date, then we are able to make up minimum numbers accordingly. Single travellers should contact us directly through our inquiry form to organise.
Booking Cut-Off Period.
Online bookings are accepted up to 36 hours prior to the scheduled tour date under consideration. For example, a cut-off of online bookings occurs at midnight on Wednesday night for a tour commencing at lunchtime on the following Friday.
Where bookings are wanted to be made closer than 36 hours to the scheduled tour, these should be requested through our inquiry form. Such late bookings may or may not be possible and are dependent on communications on the island amongst other factors.
Bookings : Deposits and Final Payments.
All bookings can be confirmed with the payment of a booking Deposit or alternatively bookings can be paid in Full. Payments can be made by Bank Transfer (cleared funds) or Credit Card.
On payment of a deposit customers receive a booking acknowledgement, including a booking statement of all payments made and due. The remaining Final Payment shall be received no later than fourteen(14) days prior to the day of the booking. Once the Final Payment is received, customers are sent their Formal Documents in respect to their bookings
Alternatively, customers can choose to make Full Payment at the time of booking, and will be issued their Formal Documents immediately.
Prices are Contingent on Entrance Fees at 1st April.
Our Prices are made up from a number of items, attraction entrance fees included.
In recent years, the Mt Yasur Volcano administration has taken to increase entrance fees at extremely short notice, effective at 1st April year to year. Other Kastom owned attractions have subsequently followed suit. Consequently, our costs are "Contingent", and any differential in entrance fees + boat trip, either side of 1st April are payable as an extra to the booking.
Increases due to "Contingent" entrance fees affect very few people, and are only relevant to bookings that are made prior to 1st April for a scheduled date occurring after 1st April. The majority of bookings are made after 1st April and are not affected in any way.
Full Terms and Conditions of Making a Booking.
Full Terms and Conditions regarding making a booking with Vanuatu Traveller are available here and all customers should take the time read and be comfortable with them. Should you have any questions please contact us via the contact form.
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