Vanua Kino HomestayAddress: Vangunu Island, Marovo Lagoon, Western Province, Morovo Lagoon view map
Vanua Kino Homestay is situated on Vangunu Island looking westward towards Seghe Airstrip, just a 10-minute motor canoe ride away. The accommodation lies 50m from the edge of the lagoon in a small family hamlet of just four homes.
In front of the house is a small area of bush that has been preserved to attract birds, flying foxes and butterflies. Kingfishers, herons, hornbills and many varieties of parrots are all frequent visitors.
Your hosts are committed to protecting the local environment, and are passionate about the surrounding communities. Juliette and Terry Kimi manage the place, the real owner is juliette's brother (Kevin Festo). Juliette and Terry have four children.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
Vanua Kino Homestay, along with other conservation-orientated land owners, has taken measures to preserve the natural forest and bird habitat in their region. They have resisted the urge to sell out to eager logging companies.
Behind the homestay the rainforest-clad volcanic slopes have been preserved from logging; it remains one of the few sections of forest in the area that has not been logged. In front of the house another area of bush has been preserved to attract birds, flying foxes and butterflies. Kingfishers, herons, hornbills and a wide vaiety of parrots are now frequent visitors to these forested areas. These preserved ares are a safe haven for bird life, whilst other areas have been denuded.
The homestay also takes day-to-day steps to reduce their environmental footprint such as uses solar power rather than diesel-generated power.