Exploring Melanesian Culture in
Part of the enjoyment of a vacation
to Port Vila is the opportunity to immerse yourself in Melanesian culture. Speckled with a variety of beaches,
resorts, villages, and historical sites, much of Vanuatu presents an opportunity for tourists to explore the
history and culture of the Melanesian people.
performing traditional dance at Melanesian feast night for Vanuatu visitors.
Located not far from Port Vila, one of the best ways to enjoy Melanesian culture
is to visit the Ekasup Village. The largest village in Vanuatu, located on Efate island, Ekasup Village is only available through guided tours.
However, once you are in the village, you can watch how the people cook
traditional meals, earn a traditional living through their fishing, partake in traditional ceremonies, or a number
of other cultural experiences that you would not be able to find in modernized areas like Port Vila.
The villagers at Ekasup Village are very friendly, offering what they have to
their visitors and opening up their lives to broaden and enrich the lives of others.
Another way to immerse yourself in Melanesian culture is to explore
the market place. The Port Vila Markets is full of cultural traditions and
oddities. Whether you want to buy a traditional piece of clothing, jewelry, or art before you go, you will have the
opportunity to do so. More importantly, much of what you buy will be purchased at ridiculously low
In addition to trinkets and jewelry, the Port Vila Markets also
offers a number of food vendors serving traditional Melanesian items, like meat pies, kabobs, and much more. If you
are interested in try new foods while on your vacation, the market is the perfect place to do so.
|One of the best ways to truly experience Melanesian
culture, apart from local tours,
is to go to Port Vila markets in the town, where you can view and
various locally made handcrafts and fresh produce.
Island tours are another way to appreciate Melanesian culture. Guided
by a local on a bus or by car, you can hear about the history and the traditions of the Melanesian people while enjoying a breathtaking view of the island. When divided among
a group of people, this tour is a very affordable way to see as much of the island as possible during one day. Many
tours also include a meal and morning and afternoon tea for you to enjoy while you are out of Port Villa and away
from your bungalow.
Many people are surprised at how relaxed the Melanesian people are
and how easygoing everything about the culture is. It is easy to find yourself equally relaxed and enjoying
everything about your experienced while on Vanuatu island holiday.
One of the secrets of Melanesian culture easygoing nature
is "kava tasting"
kastom - see our previous article.