Wala is a small coral atoll off the north-eastern coast of Vanuatu’s Malakula Island. Undeveloped, with no electricity, telephones or roads, it is a picture of Pacific island beauty, with palm-lined beaches, pristine white sands, ageing forest and traditional grass thatched villages.
How to Get Around
- Currency - the local currency in Wala is the Vanuatu Vatu (VUV). Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 vatu denominations – notes are not in circulation. Australian dollars are accepted but change may not be available. Credit cards are not accepted.
- Time Zone - Wala uses Vanuatu Standard Time. It is 11 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - Wala has a tropical and humid climate, with an average annual temperature of 26° Celsius, ranging from 29° Celsius in April to 23° Celsius in January. January is also the driest month. The wettest month is August, with an average 263mm of rain.
- Wala Beach - palm-fringed, with coral white sands and bright turquoise waters, Wala’s main beach is the archetypal Pacific island scene. A custom string band performs as ships passengers arrive, and at the edge of the beach, close to the grass thatched village huts, are a selection of market stalls selling local handicrafts. There is also a bar, which serves cool Tusker Vanuatu beer.
- Walking Tour - away from the main beach, Wala offers numerous walking trails across the island. Scenery includes everything from old growth forest to traditional villages, markets and other beaches. In addition, locals offer guided tours for a small per-person fee, presenting a unique and first-hand insight into Wala’s Nambus culture.
- Snorkelling - itself a coral atoll, Wala is a great spot for snorkelling. There are numerous coral gardens in the waters just offshore, which are home to an extraordinary variety of colourful fish and marine life.