The Lelepa region communities have only recently developed this fascinating full day tour to Artok or Hat Island, the revered mass burial site of Chief Roi Mata and the fifty or more individuals who accompanied him to the afterlife. Immediately after Roi Mata’s burial, around 400 years ago, a prohibition was imposed on the island preventing people from residing there. The maintenance of this prohibition over four centuries has led to the development of a unique biodiversity on the island, where a number of rare and endemic plant and animal species have found refuge. Visitors will be treated to an exclusive day-long adventure that will provide people with an appreciation of the World Heritage values of this spectacular island and its rich cultural and environmental history.
The breath-taking beauty of Artok’s rich cultural landscape, protected by custom law for over 400 years
- The mass burial site of the great Chief Roi Mata, buried with over 50 members of his family and court
- A guided tour through an ancient rainforest, unique to Vanuatu
- Fels cave – Where the great chief took his last breath, and ancient rock paintings
- Picturesque afternoon tea/coffee at one of the secluded sandy beaches
- Bus transfers to and from North Efate
- Scenic boat trips to and from the World Heritage sites
- BBQ Lunch included
Lynne (verified owner) –
This day out was the highlight on our recent cruise to PNG and the South Pacific ( May 2017 ). We are in our 70’s and found it relaxing, stimulating , informative and exciting all rolled into one great day. Max and his team were brilliant .Lelepa island is so beautiful and we were treated to a delightful lunch prepared by local ladies. I highly recommend this tour and will be certain to do it again if we are revisiting Vila.
Our trip to Chief Roi Mata Domain with Atmosphere, with Steve as our guide and Max as our community guide, was exceptional. Steve was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, and was careful to make sure we were comfortable and enjoying ourselves at all times. The lunch was wonderful, and getting to see all three sites was beyond our expectations. Thank you!