Bay of illusion guesthouse
Bay of Illusions guesthouse is located in the remote area of Matantas.
The guesthouse is run by Purity and Solomon, who used to manage another local accommodation called Vatthe Lodge .
Matantas is remote from Luganville. Keen naturalists can make the effort to visit Vatthe Conservation Area. A group from the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand visits every year in July/August. Cruising Yachts favour the sheltered anchorage of Big Bay.
Costs and booking
Bay of Illusions Guesthouse has two bungalows and a restaurant. Costs are detailed below.
Bed and Breakfast 2500vt pp | Under 12yrs 1000vt | Group (6+) 1250vt
Camping (tent) 1000vt pp | Under 12yrs 200vt
Lunch 600vt pp
Dinner 1000vt pp
Vegetarian Dinner 600vt pp
Three Course Dinner 1400vt pp
Use of gas cooktop 500vt pp
1h45m Nature Tour 700vt pp
Jordan River Tour with BBQ Lunch 2500vt pp
Accommodation and food
Bay of Illusions has two local-style thatched bungalows and a a dining hall/restaurant. Mosquito nets are provided. Kerosene lamps are used for lighting. There is a shared bucket-flush toilet and a shower. In the dry season, when water is scarce, you can bathe in the river.
Purity is a good cook. Breakfasts are simply bread, fruits and tea or coffee. Lunches and dinners can include bus kabis, manioc, breadfruit, rice, fried green paw-paw, chicken and wild pig, or fish. Traditional aelan kaekae, like nalot breadfruit, can be made on request and it's interesting to watch the preparation.
Services and suggestions
There are a few basic stores in Matantas. There are sometimes a lot of mosquitoes and you must bring mosquito repellent.