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Towock Restaurant and Bungalows
Reviewed 21 November 2013

Towoc is a gorgeous spot to relax for a few days.

We stayed in one of the back bungalows for the first night. The bungalows (4500vt) are simple but well constructed and comfortable, with decent beds and mozzie nets. But the communal shower was broken so showering consisted of trying to wash off with a hose nozzle - not ideal.

We then moved to one of the newer, more expensive, beachfront bungalows (6000vt), which have ensuite toilet and shower. Facilities were clean and nice, with the water's edge just metres away.

Host Janet is lovely and a great cook, but the meals seemed quite pricey compared with Tanna Island, which you'd expect to be more expensive as it's more remote.

The location is fantastic, just a few minutes walk from Champagne Beach. Staying at Towoc you can go early morning or evening, when there's noone there, or you can snorkel around the point between the two.

Recommended - I just hope it doesn't get too much bigger and lose its charm.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Nikki M
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

This place was a perfect balance between a low cost authentic local experience while still being accessible and feeling safe and comfortable. Around half a dozen people there at a time so it's quiet but with the option of being sociable if you feel like it. Janet is a gem. Oh and I had a great mattress!

Room Tip: they are all good. two are close to the water which is nice. mine was further back but still nice an...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank Chae L
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

stunning location just around the corner from world famous Champagne Beach....the beach here is amazing as well....friendly family run bungalows and restaurant....everything cooked organic...animals roaming around freely....the food served is nr 1 ....very hard to beat...delicious homecooking...abundant portions...I still can dream of it after 11 months...will go back...one sunny day....

Room Tip: all bungalows are simple but very comfy
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank JacekGruszczynski7
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Towoc was a fantastic experience. We stayed 3 nights and could not recommend it highly enough. No fancy smancy bed linen, in room facilities or interweb. Bathroom is a walk from most bungalows, and if animals noises at night disturb you, perhaps another property would suit better. But the thing that makes Towoc special is the hospitality, honesty and integrity all guests receive from your hosts Janet, Peter and their ni-van team. If we can offer any advise, while Janet's meals are very enjoyable, most provisions are scarce even in Hog Harbour. Maybe bring some extra munchies for those sunny beach days and tropical nights ...

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

We spent six nights in July at Towoc in a bungalow with an ensuite.
The ensuite bungalows are simple, clean and perfectly located close to Towoc beach. Mosquitoes were not a problem inside as the ensuite bungalows have screens.
The LED light was enough for all but reading, so if you plan to read at night, a headlamp would be required.
We found it was best to hang our food in a bag from the doorknob as we got visits from rats in the night. Don't let this put you off though, it wasn't a problem for us. The water (supplied by a solar pump) stopped at night but buckets are provided. Again this was no hassle.
Janet and her family provides beautiful, low cost meals. Our favourites were fish with coconut-style sauce (about 1500VT) and freshly caught coconut crab (delicious and only cost 2500VT).
Breakfast was simple but again delicious - we had pancakes with fruit, or omelettes, plus tea and coffee.
A family of pigs kept us entertained for hours, which was an unexpected treat. There are cows and chooks too which wander the property.
It's a short stroll to Champagne Beach which is as beautiful as the photos suggest.
The best snorkelling is at high tide at Champagne Beach on the ocean side of the jetty and continues to the point.
Janet always has a smile on her face and is happy to help out with requests. This is no sterile resort, instead guests really feel part of the place.
We went to the blue hole and Port Olry on a day trip (4000VT for 2 people), which is recommended. Peter drove the ute and Janet came too, and even went swimming with us in the crystal clear blue hole surrounded by the jungle.
Staying at Towoc Bungalows is a unique experience and we couldn't recommend it more highly.
It's perfect for people who are easy going, with a sense of adventure and can do without the mod cons.
In short, we loved it.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

In the review from Airbus 100 he wrote that the taxi from Luganville to Towock is 400vt, I think that he means 4000vt, It is about 1 hour and 20 minutes from Luganville and this price is for 1 person and goes up for 2. Prices for 2 to 5 persons in the taxi cost the same though, not 100% sure, I think about 6000vt. Sorry please ignore rate because I haven't stayed to Towock, just filling out the blanks

Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
2  Thank KelGC
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

Five of us just spent four nights at Towoc in two bungalows and we had a fantastc time. Janet and her family looked after us so well and our bungalows were comfortable and very clean. We were treated like old friends. Janet was very obliging about keeping the Tusker cold for one of our group members and her meals were very delicious. Banana pancakes and fruit for breakfast, fresh fish in coconut curry, beef satay.... too many lovely meals to mention. On our last night Janet very kindly cooked us a wonderful Lap Lap (a national dish) as a treat.

The surroundings were absolutely beautiful and the snorkelling at Champagne Beach was wonderful. Who would have thought that a huge turtle would come within 10 metres of the shore for a bit of a scout around the coral. An assortment of animals wander around the property and it would be a fantastic place to take children.

Peter (Janet's husband) and Janet both collected us from the airport for a small fee which was very kind of them. The extended family were all very helpful and happy to have a chat. Prices are all very reasonable and day tours cheaper than at the resorts.

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Towoc to anyone wanting to go to Santo and we hope to visit again.

Room Tip: The new bungalows have their own bathrooms so if that is important to you, let them know when you bo...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank aussie3
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Address: Champagne Beach Area, Luganville, Espiritu Santo 000, Vanuatu
Region: Vanuatu > Espiritu Santo > Luganville
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Ranked #4 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Luganville
Number of rooms: 4
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Towock Restaurant And Bungalows Vanuatu/Luganville

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