Dog’s Head Walk
The interior of Malekula Island is mountainous and forest covered. The shape of the island resembles a sitting dog with its head pointing westward. The Dog’s Head Walk is a 2 day trek through the interior of northern Malekula. This rugged hike takes the guest from the Small Nambas territory to the Big Nambas territory, eating traditional food along the way and spending the night in a schoolhouse built from local materials.
Avid birdwatchers can expect to see over 60 different kinds of birds in the interior of Malekula, including rainbow lorikeets, striated herons and the Vanuatu white-eye. The guide introduces walkers to traditional bush life, with stories and explanations of local culture in the three interior villages visited on the journey. The first day begins with provided transport from the Norsup airport, or other guest accommodations, to the back of the dog’s head in the village of Atchin.
This first day’s walk is approximately 4 hours long and visits coconut and cocoa plantations before entering the forest. Lunch will be provided by villagers in Botco before crossing a river and hiking to the top of a steep hill with beautiful mountain views. The first day ends at Kalele, where the village chief will meet and drink kava with the guests. The second day of the walk is approximately 7 hours of hiking and remains on the single-track trail in the forest.
The highlights of the second day are large river pools for swimming, large Banyan trees, and another traditional lunch. Lunch is provided in the village of Womul, where guests will again meet with the local chief. The walk ends at the dog’s nose in the town of Tenmaru where guests can relax after their long hike in a rock pool or the Pacific Ocean.
The next morning, transport is provided back to normal guest accommodations or the airport in Norsup.