An island rich with linguistic and cultural diversity, Vanuatu's Malekula island is the place to go right now for incredible festivals. The perfect destination for adventure-seeking couples looking for new experiences off the beaten track, Malekula has plenty to offer with its new festival lineup.
Collar the Dog dirt-bike event – North Malekula – 3 to 5 May, 2017; 10 to 12 May, 2017; 17 to 19 May, 2017
Collar the Dog is the first dirt bike event of its kind in Vanuatu. Circuiting Malekula’s northern ‘Dog’s Head’, participants can discover the raw beauty of Malekula’s coastal wilderness and lush tropical bush. Travellers can also experience some of Malekula’s cultural attractions, like visiting ancient cannibal sites, sampling local cuisine and kava and snorkelling the island’s coral reefs. To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +678 4888
Maskelyne Canoe Race and Festival – South Malekula – 28 to 29 July, 2017
The communities of the Maskelyne Islands host an annual canoe race and cultural festival every year, including a two-day program of custom canoe-making, kava tasting, shared local meals, and of course, the exciting outrigger canoe race. Topped off by an ‘Island Night’, the festival is like no other in the world.
Nalawan Festival – South West Bay, South Malekula – 02 August, 2017
The Labo and Lawa Villages of South West Bay stage an annual Nalawan Festival each year where the colourful local community at Firebeach and Lawa commemorate the first harvest of the crops. With bright, traditional masks on display and plenty of dancing, this year's festival will also celebrate its seventh year with an exciting yacht race.
Lamap Art and Cultural Festival – Lamap, South Malekula – 11 to 12 August, 2017
The local community of Lamap will celebrate their culture, traditions and unique way of life with a two-day art and cultural festival. The program includes an authentic pig exchange ceremony, dancing and storytelling, as well as organic island cuisine tastings.
Nalint Big Nambas Cultural Arts Festival – Mae Village, North Malekula – 25 August, 2017
Witnessing the Nalint Big Nambas Culutral Arts Festival is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Everyone in the village takes part in this cultural revival ceremony – from pikinni (kids) to the abu (elderly). Learn about the Big Nambas' history and see cultural performances, dancing, traditional food preparation and weaving for a unique getaway.
The Malekula festival line-up invites travellers to experience all that the island has to offer. For more information visit the website here, or find out more about travelling to Vanuatu here.