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Gaua's scenic centre is an awesome place for bush walking and trekking with:

  1. Lake Letas , the largest in Vanuatu;
  2. Mount Garet, an active volcano;
  3. Siri Waterfall, a truly impressive sight with a large flow out of Lake Letas falling down 120m. The most spectacular in Vanuatu .
Trekking —The main island of Gaua is an awesome place for bush walking and trekking. There is a tourism office at the airport and upon arrival, you can get information that you need about paying fees etc for trekking, accommodation information etc. Trekking to Lake Letas in the island’s center includes an overnight camp; the largest lake in Vanuatu which is also an old volcanic crater. This is a truly epic adventure for the eager bush trekker from the coastal base, up Mount Garet to the lake, crossing by canoe and further on to the Siri water falls which descend from Lake Letas, falling 120m – a spectacular site.

Along the coast of Gaua, there are few beaches but extensive reefs with sheltered waters inside. War buffs will be happy to know that Gaua is also home to Japanese relics, left over from the 2nd World War. Most places are within walking distance on this small island – you will find that there are almost no vehicles on the island and you walking will become your only means of getting to places.

There is a guide accessible from the local village which can be organised by the bungalows or guest houses that you stay at. It is recommended that you bring your own camping gear, insect replant and hiking shoes. Bring a camera to capture the spectacular views of the islands once you reach the summit of Mount Garet. The "smoke" emitted by Mount Garet is rich in Sulphur Dioxide. It is acidic and you will get a shock if you stray into the gas plume. Stay upwind and uphill of the vent and you will be fine.

Fishing —Fishing is also one of the main attractions of these remote islands. Chartered local boats can be arranged by your host or the local villagers. A combination of shallow reef fishing and deep sea fishing experiences can be had with an outboard motored banana boat.

Camping —There are many places to camp around Lake Letas . There are few flies or mosquitos and it's cool, but not cold, at night. The lake is good for swimming and the water is OK for drinking (better to stick a purification tablet in when you refill your bottle). Camping on top of Mt Garet can be done (has been done) if the weather is fine. You just need to carry some water up the mountain. The view from the summit on a clear morning is absolutely breathtaking: you can see the Torres Islands , all of the Banks, Maewo, Ambae, Pentecost and Santo.

Mount Garet —Crossing Lake Letas is about 2 km and takes about 1 hour by canoe; however it may take longer if the wind is not in our favour. The new fibreglass canoes are very sturdy and can take 6 passengers.

There are many walking routes up Mount Garet ; most of them involve bashing along wild bullock tracks and getting lost. There is one good track, discovered by Wongras Bungalows, and it's easier if your guide knows this route. During the low season (December to April), the track may be overgrown with ferns. It takes about 1 to 2 hours to climb Mount Garet , depending on how clear the track is. Wear long pants to save your legs from getting scratched. The upper section has loose ground and gravel so take care. The "smoke" emitted by Mount Garet is rich in Sulphur Dioxide. It is acidic and you will get a shock if you stray into the gas plume. Stay upwind and uphill of the vent and you will be fine.

Detours —If you like to explore more, and have time, there are some worthwhile additions to your volcano trek:

- Boiling mud pools, these are at the north-western end of Lake Letas , not far inland.
- Duck island, this is where the White-eyed Ducks (Hardheads) lay their eggs (seasonally).
- Siri Waterfall, it's huge!

Fishing —Fishing is also one of the main attractions of these remote islands. Chartered local boats can be arranged by your host or the local villagers. A combination of shallow reef fishing and deep sea fishing experiences can be had with an outboard motored banana boat.

The Tourism Information Centre is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, when there is an Air Vanuatu Domestic flight from Santo. You can pay your fees at the tourism office and they will give you a receipt. You may not want to book a tour then and there but letting the Centre officer know in advance will help them organise a guide for you, as well as pay whatever fees you have to pay.

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