vatthe conservation area
The journey through this UNSPOILED wilderness will be the highlight for those interested in the amazing flora and fauna of this pristine rain forest.
A range of trails for all ages and fitness levels with many colorful birds, spectacular trees, huge ferns, magnificent views and a gigantic sky, that’s Big Bay.
The Vatthe Conservation Area covers 2,276 hectares of lowland alluvial forest at the southern end of Big Bay on the island of Espiritu Santo. Bush walking and bird watching are popular visitor activities at Vatthe. At least 36 bird species have been recorded including 5 Vanuatu endemics.
The Vatthe Conservation Area Project was initiated in 1994 as a partnership between the local community, NGOs, the provincial and national governments. The basic idea for the project began in 1993 during a biodiversity survey of the area by the Vanuatu Environment Unit in collaboration with the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society in New Zealand. During the study, there was some discussion with the community on the idea of setting up a protected area.
It's not OK to go walking in the bush unguided. Once inside, it all looks the same and the topography is flat. There are no trail maps and markers. You could get lost and some visitors have! Once you have been shown the trails inside the forest, you might be trusted to walk alone, which is important for intensive bird watching.
You can walk along the black sand beach and explore the Jordan River named by Pedro Quiroz in May 1606 when he ‘discovered’ Vanuatu.