Friendly Bungalows


Friendly Bungalows is located 6km away from Mt Yasur volcano right on the quiet secluded sand beach of Lowelkas Cove one of the most remote coasts of Tanna where there are no shops, no internet, and no electricity other than powered by our generator. Friendly Bungalows is on the east coast, the most convenient proximity to the volcano and ash plains, so after returning from the volcano at night, it is only a half hour trip back to the restaurant dining room, cosy bungalows and time to reflect on an amazing experience.

To get to Friendly Bungalows, it is about one and a half hours by 4WD across the rugged mountain chain, through the jungle villages, right across the middle of Tanna and you arrive at Friendly Bungalows close to all the sights and sounds of real Tanna including the hot mineral springs, custom dancing, Port Resolution and the Jon Frum village. You can just relax, knowing everything you came to see and experience is only a stone’s throw away.
It is the most fantastic Robinson Crusoe experience to stand on the black sand beach and swim in the clear waters of our private sandy cove.

Eight authentic 1 and 2 room comfy Melanesian bungalows all in a lush tropical garden with coconut palms, facing a beautiful sweeping black sand beach perfect for both swimming and snorkeling. The bungalows are made in the traditional Melanesian way from bamboo, grass matting and coconut and natangora roofing. Each bungalow has a coral floor en suite with hot shower, double bed with mosquito netting and big veranda with hammock. Two bedroom bungalows also have 2 x single beds with netting. Electricity is powered by generator and is available from dusk until approximately 10:00pm. Guests need to be aware there are no TV’s, no internet and no international roaming for phones.



  • Sweeping black sand beach
  • Relaxing on the beach with a book and feeling like you have gone back in time 200 years.
  • Whale watching from the beach (August)
  • Seeing the local kids ride the surf on homemade boards made from trees.


  • Mount Yasur Volcano Safari
  • Jungle hike to the waterfalls
  • The natural hot springs and multicolored sulfur clay
  • Jon Frum Cargo Cult Village
  • Kustom Village visit with traditional dancing
  • Port Resolutions white sand beach.

Unique to this resort

  • Closest resort to the volcano and all there is to see on Tanna Island
  • Built in the traditional Melanesian style (building materials are bamboo, coral and lava rocks) but with comfortable beds, hot running water, flushing toilets and large verandahs with hammocks overlooking the ocean
  • Home style cooking
  • A once in a lifetime location, totally remote and untouched.


All natural materials including bamboo, wild cane walls, woven matting, coconut and natangora roofing. Local timber floors. Windows are screened for insects. Natural coral floors in bathrooms, coral rock walls with flushing toilets and hot water. Mosquito nets over hand made bamboo beds. Rustic style doors and windows.
Electricity supplied by generator (limited hours). No phones, no safety deposit box.
Room types: One room oceanfront bungalow and two room oceanfront bungalow.


Continental Breakfast Daily is included.
The Friendly Bungalows sand floor restaurant & bar features a set menu exclusively for guests, using mostly locally sourced produce including seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and if lucky lobster. Set meals are catered daily. Dietary requirements or allergies must be advised minimum 72 hours prior notice.

Child Policy

Children welcome in all room types. Infants welcome when sleeping in a porta cot. A porta cot will be provided free of charge on request. Child age: 2 – 11 years. Infant age: 0 – 24 months

Weddings & Honeymooners

Free for Honeymooners staying a minimum of 4 nights

  • Welcome juice & bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
  • Romantic flowers in room

Nightly Resort Rates

Nightly rates include continental breakfast & 24-hour courtesy ferry. Prices per room per night based on 2 people sharing unless indicated and inclusive of taxes.
One Room Oceanfront Bungalow ヨ $138 USD
Two Room Oceanfront Bungalow ヨ $240 USD

Package Inclusions & Pricing

We strongly recommend you package the below package with one of the following:
3 nights in Tanna
3 nights in Port Vila
3-5 nights in Fiji
Please ask for more details and pricing

5 Night packages

  • airfare from Los Angeles
  • all airline taxes
  • return airport transfers
  • accommodation as detailed below
  • daily continental breakfast

Prices are in US Dollars and based on two people traveling together and sharing one room. Rates subject to change without notice and are based on availability.

Resort Stay Options and Pricing

One Room Oceanfront Bungalow $1,985
Two Room Oceanfront Bungalow $2,239