South Malekula Trail
Fitness Rating: Moderat
The South 'Kula Trail spans across South Malekula linking Lamap on the east and Lembinwen in South West Bay. It is approximately 45 miles long, and can be completed in 3 to 6 days depending on conditions and hiking speed. All distances below are taken from GPS readings along the trail. Sections of the trail are listed below with descriptions of the terrain and any areas of concern. Again this is just a guide and due to weather the trail can change at any time. Please use proper judgement before attempting any of the hikes.
Day 1: South West Bay to Matanoi River camp.
We begin our walk out of SW Bay to the south coast of Malekula. We climb into the ranges
again to about 350m.
We follow the river for about 4 km. Sometimes we have to walk in the river for distances of up to
Camp is a large sandy beach area with plenty of space above the high water mark. We sleep in
tents and eat a standard bushwalkers meal from a food drop we pick up in SW Bay.
Day 2: Matanoi River to Malfakhal village
We continue downstream towards the south coast, crossing the river many times.
We stay here for the night camping in tents on a grassy area near the village.
Day 3 Malfakhal village to Akamb Island
Very little walking today, so we have a leisurely start. Before setting off we take a short
walk to a high point above the village.
After leaving Malfakhal, a 45
minute walk takes us to the village of Bonvor where a traditional lunch awaits us.
Day 4 Visit Akamb by fibreglass boat.
Then over to the village of Okai for a traditional lunch.
From Okai village to a sheltered anchorage where we are met by another fibreglass boat that takes us to the Maskelyne Islands. Spend the night at Batise Sea Side Bungalow & Senelich Bungalow where you will be treated with the Maskelynes traditional dishes.
Transfers can be arranged.
We will quote a price specific to your location.