If you ever want to experience basic village life that appears not to have changed for centuries, then you can with Lowinio village a short approximately 45 minute drive into the jungle, but a lifetime and century away.
When I visited Lowinia on my prizewinning trip to Vanuatu and Tanna, I was greeted by Annie, amazingly in today’s world, the only English speaking person in her tribe.
Annie told me all about her people’s traditional village customs and it was amazing to discover and experience their terribly simple daily life, a very special experience, with none of the trappings that we all take for granted.
I had seen the Tanna movie before I left on this trip and the movie truly represented Lowinio Village life, so it was a real privilege to meet the village chief and be shown how they live off the land, with unfortunately, the village still struggling with repairs after Cyclone Pam hit them so badly, but they remained happy and smiling and just deal with it and are keen to welcome more visitors
Annie told me that she encourages all tourists to visit her village, with their visitations providing great help with the village economy and if you go to Vanuatu, then you must to go Tanna and experience Lowinio village, it is quite simply a must do and puts our first world lives in real perspective.
More stories to come from Jodie from Vanuatu and Tanna over the coming weeks, so watch out for my Vanuatu and Tanna adventures!
An on location report from Efate and Tanna, Vanuatu by Jodie Hill.