Tanna Eco Earthship


Maison dôme · Hôte : Joe

2 voyageurs, 1 chambre, 1 lit, 1 salle de bain
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Welcome to Lounapkamei, in the heart of Tanna! Be an honored guest in our village, staying in Vanuatu's one and only "Wil Tan Nima" or "Tyre House" - an eco-friendly earthship cyclone shelter (read more about this in "our story"). This unique accommodation is a special place where you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in authentic village life on Tanna, visit and play in Vanuatu's biggest banyan tree and be captivated by our vibrant culture in our very own village Toka Dance tour.

Le logement
Tannas Eco-Earthship is situated in serene and lush tropical bush in the Lounapkamei community, which is in the mountainous interior of Tanna island. Well off the beaten track, you will be surrounded by the happy sounds of village children playing and can participate in the laid back activities of village life.

Originally built as a cyclone shelter, this earthship has now been upgraded to a bed & breakfast eco-guest house.

The interior bedroom is the "earthship" section of the accommodation and was built specifically to withstand the strongest of cyclones. It is a unique circular design, which gives it its strength, not to mention it's walls are impossible to move - built from repurposed tyres rammed with earth. The beautiful timber roof was milled from trees that were torn down by Cyclone Pam. And then the whole building is surrounded by earth mounds, creating a little hillock (similar to Hobbiton homes in Lord of the Rings), which now grows beautiful gardens. This external insulation means it is refreshingly cool and relaxing, an escape from the tropical heat of the day, while providing warmth in the cooler evening mountain air.

Attached to the bedroom is a dining/lounge area which gives you an authentic local living experience. With it's woven walls and thatched ceiling, you can appreciate the talent of the local people, building this by hand hand from available resources in the natural surrounds. Take a seat at the skillfully hand-crafted dining table and chairs and enjoy a delicious breakfast of freshly baked local bread and a selection of juicy in-season tropical fruit.

As with any local home in Vanuatu, you will find your own bathroom facilities outside of the main complex. A couple of metres away you have your own private western toilet with bucket flush and a refreshing cold water shower.

As well as engage in the life of the village, taking a walk through a nakamal, practice weaving your own basket under the shade of a bunyan tree, prepare a local meal on an open fire, or watch the children climb trees for coconuts, your host, Joe, can arrange for personalised tours for you...

To fully experience the incredible Tannese culture, the "Nikinamap Toka Dance Tour" (2,000pp) captivates you with their vibrant dances and intriguing kastom ceremonies.

Your lodgings are the closest on Tanna to the worlds biggest banyan tree, which has to be seen to be believed. It is the village children's own personal jungle gym and boasts of at least 3 trunks and a canopy expanse filling an entire valley. This can be explored by taking a tour (1,500pp) where you will wind your way through a network of pathways in and around, up, over and through the giant tree.

The guest house also has its own vehicle, which you can hire with driver to explore other exciting parts of the island. (Volcano 10,000vt for truck hire; snorkeling trip 1,500vt truck hire)

As part of the air BnB booking you receive a delicious tropical breakfast each morning. Because there are no cooking facilities in the earthship, at a small extra cost, you are invited to join Joe and his family for lunch (800vt pp) and dinners (1,000vt pp) (unless you’d prefer to bring your own ready eat options). Enjoy discovering traditional cooking methods and the fabulous flavors of open fire or hot stone cooked meals.

Our "Wil Tan Nima" or "Tyre House" has a very special story. Today it is situated in serene and lush tropical bush, surrounded by the happy sounds of our children playing and the general laid back activities of village life. But only 3 years ago, it was a very different story. Not one tree had leaves, not one local house remained in our village, food was scarce and we had to walk 5 kilometres for water. How we have come so far demonstrates our people's incredible heart as we have moved together from utter devastation to rebuild to resilience. If you have time, please feel free to read the story of this remarkable journey which began a few years ago...

In March 2015, Joe was getting his bags packed, and readying himself for travel to NZ, as he had a work contract there picking Kiwifruit. He was about to happily bid farewell to his family and village, promising to return in 6 months with some money to help his children with their school fees.

But on the night of the 13 March, everything changed. Instead of looking forward to his travels to NZ, he spent a night of terror, holding his two sons close as Cat 5 Cyclone Pam tore through his nation, ripping his house and gardens to shreds. It's eye passed right over top of his home on Tanna, devastating everything in its path.

Five long and stressful days later, he left for NZ along with 100 other workers. It was a silent flight, all of them knowing that they had to leave, to earn money to rebuild. They were the only hope for their families.

In NZ, a community development organisation "Fruit of the Pacific" offered to help them with their rebuild ideas. Joe had an idea to build a tyre strong house - one that would not be torn down, one that would be safe for his children in the event of another cyclone. So he learnt how to build an "earthship cyclone shelter". The team fro Tanna were also gifted a sawmill for milling the fallen trees, water filtration supplies and school resources to help our communities.

While Joe and his friends were in NZ making rebuild plans, their families back home were suffering from lack of food and water because of the following El Nino drought conditions our country was then plagued with. All he could do was send money home, hoping it would be enough to see them through the worst.

Six months later, he and his fellow workers, returned home with hope and vision. Joe collected tyres and other recycle material from around the island for his earthship. He also managed the sawmill operation - which milled timber for 20 community rebuild projects including rebuilding kindergarten playgrounds, market places, churches and school classrooms.

Joe rallied his community, young and old, to build the first ever earthship cyclone shelter in his village. It caused much interest, both as a shelter and "strong house" but also as awaste management strategy. People from communities all around, as well as a delegation from the Provincial government came to visit.

Within the first year of it being built, the community hid in it twice when their national disaster office warned of cyclones tracking their way. But thankfully in the years since 2015, there has not been another cyclone as big as Pam. And so now Joe's community looks for ways not only to rebuild and be prepared. But to be resilient and thriving. Come and join us on our journey!

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Lownapkamai, Taféa, Vanuatu

Many people travel to Tanna for just one night to see the Volcano, but there is so much more our island has to offer. At Tanna Eco Earthship, not only do you have the opportunity to stay in a unique guest house and experience authentic village life, but your host, Joe, can arrange for personalised tours for you to the worlds biggest banyan tree as well as an unforgettable tour that explores the local dance and kastoms of Tanna life. The guest house has its own vehicle, which you can hire with driver to explore other exciting parts of the island.

Proposé par Joe

  1. Membre depuis août 2018
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Joe Iautu is a hard working social entrepreneur, a committed father and husband and highly respected leader of his community in Tanna. He is a friendly, well spoken, knowledgeable host, who, because of time living in NZ, understands what makes a stay interesting and comfortable for tourists. His family, wife, brothers and children are always around to assist as well as share their stories and culture. From 2008 - 2016 Joe traveled to NZ for work in the kiwifruit industry, returning home each year with plans for local business development that would help support his family and community. He has project lead significant island wide community projects including a post-cyclone Pam recovery sawmill project, as well as setting up two companies providing wheel repairs and mechanical servicing and leading his community in developing cultural tours for tourists.
Joe Iautu is a hard working social entrepreneur, a committed father and husband and highly respected leader of his community in Tanna. He is a friendly, well spoken, knowledgeable…


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Our village are excited to have you come and stay. Your staying benefits everyone and we're all involved to make your stay as interesting and enjoyable as possible. Our community are committed to this venture for three reasons:
1) it helps us with income for our childrens' education
2) we are saving to build a community aid post to provide primary health care in our village
3) sharing our way of life helps maintain our custom and cultural identity and pass it on to the next generation
Our village are excited to have you come and stay. Your staying benefits everyone and we're all involved to make your stay as interesting and enjoyable as possible. Our community…
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