Located on Tanna Island's east coast, Friendly Beach are an hour and a half from the Tanna Domestic Airport, offering private and secluded accommodation. Nestled on the volcanic-sand beach of Lowelkas Cove, the resort enjoys an absolutely beachfront location with beautiful views out over the Pacific Ocean.
Friendly Beach are just 6 km from Mt Yasur Volcano, Tanna Island's biggest attraction, and there are 4WD tours that depart from the resort giving you the unique opportunity to visit the volcano and view it in action. The resort is also close to the island's other attractions including the John Frum Cult village, Port Resolution, the cascading waterfalls of the dense jungle, custom villages and hot mineral springs.
As the name suggests, Friendly Beach offer an authentic Melanesian experience complete with the friendly smiling faces of the locals. The basic facilities offer the perfect opportunity to escape the bustle of daily life, experience a digital detox and simply relax in peace and serenity on the private verandas of the bungalows.
All Rooms Feature:
Beachfront Fare: These fare enjoy absolute beach frontage with ocean views. Contemporary Melanesian design, featuring local materials and a large veranda. Maximum room capacity is 4 Adults and Children.
Enjoy a mix of local and western cuisine, whilst utilising locally sourced ingredients. Guest can eat on their balcony or in the dining pavilion, facing the Pacific ocean. The menu is created daily. Dietary requirements or allergies must be advised minimum 72 hours prior notice.
Port Resolution & Mt Yasur Volcano Safari departs the resort and journeys over ash plains in a 4WD to the top of the volcano where you can watch lava erupt. Also travels to Port Resolution where you visit hot springs, snorkel and swim and explore the local village area. Tour operates 8.30am - 4.00pm.
Friendly Beach offers a remote location, requiring property transfers from Tanna Island which take approximately 1.5 hours. Domestic flights from Port Vila to Tanna Island are available through Air Vanuatu.
Children: At adult rates. Cots are available free of charge but must be requested at the time of booking. Visiting the volcano site is not recommended for children under 8 years.
Check In: 2.00 pm
Check Out: 10.00 am due to the flight times in and out of Tanna check in and check out times may vary
Power: Due to the remoteness of Friendly Beach the property runs on generators, please note that power is only available from dusk till approximately 10.30 pm
What to bring: All guests will require local currency (vatu) for entry in to local attractions and incidentals (food and beverage) as credit cards are not widely accepted
Address: East Coast, Tanna Island, Vanuatu
Fantastic location, although a little difficult to get to, very secluded. A true get away. No internet etc. Bungalows were amazing, right on the Beach, with a hammock on your verandah to enjoy the moment. Meals are provided, so you basically eat what you are given, for the two nights I was there the food was great.
Stayed here in 2007 with my husband and teenage son. We had the best holiday ever and we have traveled a lot - a wonderful experience made better still by friendly and accommodating staff and locals. your bungalow is literally right on the beach - so relaxing it felt like we had drifted away from all cares. Leave your mobile at home and embrace the beauty - especially the volcanoe nearby. The bungalow was clean, comfortable, decorating with a fabulous Pacific feel, and it had all basics - reasonable shower/bathroom facilities, and all the necessities (mossie nets/ hammock :) / good beds). Food was lovely fresh local produce (ie coconuts from the tree beside you and fish from the ocean in front of you). Do have a massage by one of the local women - very therapeutic and inexpensive. The ride across the island was also great fun with wonderful views. We hope to get back here in the near future. Fabulous for families/couples - perhaps not for elderly with mobility issues, but if that's no problem put Friendly Bungalows on your bucket list - its unique.