Erromango Island

Home to sandalwood and kauri tree forests

Erromango is one of the larger islands, sparsely populated, mountainous, rugged and mainly forested. Like Aneityum, it once supported a large population (up to 10,000) as a base for Sandalwood and Kauri traders. Some majestic 1000-year old Kauri trees still stand.

An old Kauri tree

Large in volume, Kauri trees can grow up to 50 metres (150 feet) in height.
(Photo: by W. Bulach - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikkimedia Commons)

Blackbirders and Sandalwood

It was heavily exploited for its Sandalwood and the local population suffered at the hands of infamous Blackbirders – they captured islanders and took them to work on Fijian and Australian sugar plantations.

Even nowadays Malayan logging companies exploit the island’s hardwoods, although the local communities have been effective in resisting unsustainable logging practices. With assistance from the European Union, a Kauri Reserve is being established on the island, to protect Kauri and other tropical hardwoods.

 

   Vanuatu Islands Information
Major Islands of Vanuatu
Major Islands of Vanuatu
Ambae Island
Ambae Island
Ambrym Island
Ambrym Island
Efate Island
Efate Island
Epi Island
Epi Island
Erromango Island
Erromango Island
Pele Island
Pele Island
Pentecost Island
Pentecost Island
Espiritu Santo Island
Santo Island