Malekula has a dark past and a history of cannibalism, but today it is known for its cultural and linguistic diversity. The native villagers are friendly and welcome visitors who are interested in their cultural heritage. Native dances, some of the best in the nation, come from Malekula.
Aside from hiking and bird watching, snorkeling and diving are two favorite activities. The islands off the east coast of Malekula boast beautiful coral reefs that are perfect for exploring.
Ambryn Island, directly east of Malekula, is known as the island of magic and volcanoes. Its two active volcanic cones give the island a reputation of both power and danger. The people of Ambryn, however, are exceedingly friendly and enjoy teaching visitors about their culture.
It is easy to arrange for a flight to Malekula and Ambryn. There are two airstrips on Malekula, and Air Vanuatu flights regularly use the island as a stopover. Check the Air Vanuatu website for detailed information about timetables and connections. No hotels or resorts are on the islands, but there are many guest houses available. The main town on Malekula, Lakatoro, has electricity 24 hours a day, but it does not have ATM’s or credit card facilities.