During the summer of 2017, the Michael W Travels family spent 5 Weeks in the Pacific.
The final destination of our trip was the island nation, Vanuatu. While driving around, we saw some very interesting fast food chains.
We like to learn about the culture of destinations we visit and heard about a very interesting half-day trip option. We decided to book a visit to the EKASUP Cultural Village.I didn’t expect much more than an overly touristy presentation but Kim and I figured it was worth checking out.
After being greeted in the parking area, a man dressed in traditional garb led us along a path through nature while blowing a large shell.As we walked, other members of the cultural village appeared from the forest. (If we hadn’t paid the fee to visit, I may have been a bit afraid! lol)
We then sat down for an introduction about what the visit would entail. Along our walks, we made stops at various areas to learn about different aspects of how the natives in Vanuatu lived.This man showed us how they set up a traditional trap.Here is basket weaved from natural materials.I wish I could recall what this huge spider was used for (I think traditional medicine), but I was convinced to let it crawl up my arm and back. I’m pretty sure I was the only brave visitor to step up for this experience! (Brave or stupid, what do you think?)Along the way, there were some local foods to sample. Lucas enjoyed and went back for seconds. They also had a small set up of small trinkets and crafts for sale.I spent a moment relaxing in this natural enclosure. There’s a fire pit inside and I think this is where you’d visit the medicine man, I’m not totally sure. The visit ended with a really fun traditional dance and music performance. We really enjoyed it and were happy that it was kid-friendly too.I couldn’t leave without getting a family photo with the group!Lucas had a few questions for the chief before we departed.I couldn’t leave without getting a jumping photo! I was glad the chief obliged!
We’re not usually big on these kind of visits but the EKASUP Cultural Village was awesome. We got to learn a lot about how the tribes live and survived on Vanuatu using the land. We found it super kid-friendly, which was really nice.
Overall, I’d highly recommend a visit if you’re on Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Find out about the EKASUP Cultural Village online here.
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