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
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, 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.
Melanesian women performing traditional dance at Melanesian feast night
for Vanuatu visitors
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 prices.
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.
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.
One of the secrets of Melanesian culture easygoing nature is
"kava tasting" kastom - see our next article.