Chief Roi Mata Burial Site


Chief Roi Mata's domain and burial site became Vanuatu's first World Heritage site in 2008. Roi Mata was a powerful 17th-century chief who, as legend has it, created peace among the islands of Efate. He died on Lelepa island and was buried, along with family and entourage (thought to be still alive at the time) at a mass funeral site on Hat Island. Local guides conduct tours – ask at tour operators in Port Vila.

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1. Feles Cave

4.37 MILES

Lelepa island has spectacular Feles Cave, cave drawings and fishing adventures.

2. Summit

5.79 MILES

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3. Tanna Coffee Factory

7.06 MILES

Watch the roaster at work and learn the story of Tanna coffee over a strong brew (350VT) at this welcoming coffee-roasting factory and cafe.

4. Mele Cascades

7.77 MILES

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5. Secret Garden

8.21 MILES

The beautiful botanic gardens here help bring some of Vanuatu's island flora and its cultural uses to life. There's a kastom magic show (adult/child 1500…

6. Hideaway Island

8.33 MILES

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8. Iririki Island

12.62 MILES

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