Iarofa Cultural Village Vanuatu with Kids

Port Vila village children

I holler in fright as a half-naked warrior leaps out from the undergrowth. Two more suddenly appear from Efate’s jungle armed with spears and arrows that are pointed directly at our heads. 

Now, I don’t like to make assumptions (and by ‘don’t’ I actually mean it’s my hobby) but, given the scowling faces and life threatening stance, surely one could be forgiven for thinking that these dudes are a little miffed at our intrusion.

Iorofa Cultral Village

Given the only thing even remotely weapon-like I’m carrying is a plastic spork from Sugarpuff’s left over lunch, they obviously expect us to yield. And that will be their undoing.

“Hiyaaaa” screams Raffles as he launches into full ninja fighting stance ready to take them on. The tribesman look at each other in confusion. After all, a small blonde nutjob, arms and legs flailing as he spins and postures in their general direction, is both unexpected and quite a spectacle. Fortunately any impending ninja v. native battle is defused by the arrival of the giggling chief who is here to welcome us into his village.

kid visiting Iorofa Cultural Village

The heart-stopping, pant-soiling welcome is just part of the experience of Iarofa Cultural Village with kids, located in Vanuatu’s family friendly resort filled capital, Port Vila. Good job too, given the ni-Vanuatu people still practised cannibalism as little as 50 years ago, and Raffles is the perfect size for an afternoon snack.

Making friends at Iorofa Cultural VIillage

The village chief and his friends, once they’ve stopped pointing and chuckling, offer us an insight to the traditions of the indigenous people of Vanuatu through demonstrations of local customs, dancing, hunting, medicines and of course, cooking… from baking yams to roasting up a whole human with banana leaves in an earth oven.

Now that’s a recipe I won’t be sharing.

We watch as the villagers walk on hot coals and make nets from spiders webs.

 Iorofa Cultural Village

Mr Eats World and I listen to more tales of the island’s fascinating but occasionally gruesome history as Raffles runs off to play with a couple of the  local kids.

KIds at play in Iorofa

Raffles is having a blast but I can’t help but keeping one eye on him,  just in case his new pals are tempted to wrap him in a kid-size banana leaf and start noshing on my tasty wee ninja.

Kids at Iorofa Cultural Village

It’s been a fun and educational afternoon and as we depart we spot a busload of tourists coming up the path for the Iarofa Cultural Village experience. I hear the rustling of trees as the tribesmen prepare to launch themselves screaming at the unsuspecting visitors. One can only hope that, along with their cameras, they’ve all packed a change of undies.

Iarofa Cultural Village
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Tel: +678 546 5076

17 Comments on Iarofa Cultural Village Vanuatu with Kids

  1. yinyangmother
    September 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm (10 years ago)

    Love Vanuatu Aleney – have been there twice, including our honeymoon. Beautiful people I reckon. I also sampled flying fox, which I’m not so sure about

      September 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm (10 years ago)

      I’ve been a few times too Kathy, IT’s a gorgeous place. I was with someone who tried the flying fox… wasn’t my bag! 🙂

      September 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm (10 years ago)

      We do our best Lorraine x

  2. mamagrace71
    September 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm (10 years ago)

    What an amazing experience! I never though of Vanuatu as a holiday destination but I would love to visit this village.

      September 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm (10 years ago)

      Vanuatu is gorgeous, Grace. Close, affordable, bluest of blue waters and just about the nicest people around. 🙂

  3. Debbish
    September 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm (10 years ago)

    What a lovely experience. I haven’t been to Vanuatu.

      September 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm (10 years ago)

      It’s a beautiful place!

  4. Sandra Kelly
    September 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm (10 years ago)

    Ha funny! Glad your little one wasn’t wrapped in the banana leaf! 😉

      September 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm (10 years ago)

      To be honest, Raffles is such a walking stomach, it;s a surprise he didn’t eat them 🙂

  5. hugzillablog
    September 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm (10 years ago)

    Oh my gosh, how ADORABLE are these pictures!

      September 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm (10 years ago)

      It’s hard not to get a cute/fascinating picture at this place. The people are a delight and Raffles, when he wasn’t on the attack, learned loads from them.

  6. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    September 24, 2014 at 7:37 am (10 years ago)

    We had our honeymoon in Vanuatu, went to the volcano on Tanna, saw the dudes land dive and got stranded on some random island because the fly couldn’t land to pick us up! Great adventures. Thanks for linking and sorry for late reply I’m in NZ

      September 25, 2014 at 9:33 pm (10 years ago)

      Sounds like fun, Em. Enjoy NZ

  7. Malinda (@MBPaperPackages)
    October 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm (10 years ago)

    Isn’t it funny, sometimes you feel like you are entertaining them. Sounds like a fun excursion.

      October 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm (10 years ago)

      It’s ususally that way around with my clowns along for the ride 🙂

  8. Talia
    October 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm (10 years ago)

    What a great trip! I haven’t been in Vanuatu, but I would love to!
    And thanks for linking up with Wanderlust Aleney 🙂 I hope you found some lovely blogs to read – I know I did! We’re going to do it on the first Wednesday of each month, so hope to see you link up next month as well! 😀


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