Maskelyne Canoe Race & Arts Festival

Annual At Maskelyne Vanuatu Unnamed Road, Vanuatu

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Tuesday 28th July - Wednesday 29th July
9:00 pm - 6:00pm


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The communities of the Maskelynes Islands host an annual canoe race and cultural festival. A typical program includes a feast of kastom dance, canoe-making, kava tasting, shared local meals, and of course the famous outrigger canoe race, finishing with an 'Island Night' celebration. There is usually plenty of time for pristine snorkelling and relaxation as well.

2019 Program

Festival location: Lutes Village    Festival coordinator: Kalo Nathaniel      Coordinator contact phone number: +678 7783524 5343687/5656056

Day 1 sailing canoe race      Thursday 25th of July 2019     Start time: 9 am. Close time 4.30 pm
Activity 1: welcome by pastor 9am to 9:30am
Activity 2: traditional customer Dance 9:30 to 10:30am
Girls present salu salu or welcome floral leis to invited guests and refreshments

Activity 3: snorkelling and take a canoe to the outer reef  11:am to 11:30am
Activity: 4 :fire marking  11:30 to 12:30pm
Share local lunch maskelynes tourism association women,'s collective 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Activity 5: canoe preparation 1:30pm to 4:30 pm
Details of activity: three communities to cut canoe each from a local tree especially for racing:includes carving painting
_prizes awarded for the best one :peskarus village pelongkvillage lutes village

Day two     Date:26th of July 2019     Start time:8am to 4:30pm
Activity 1: canoe parade double canoes
Activity 2:0pening ceremony to launch the canoe race 9:00 to 9:30
9:45am to 11:30am canoes race
12:00pm shared local lunch maskelynes tourism Lutes community
1:00pm to 1:30pm details of activity
Baskets "mats fanset  prices 8'00_500vatu
Fire making/ canoes carving
2:00pm handicraft demonstration
3:00 pm canoe race relay individual 5/man/women

Activity 3: 4:00pm fishing traditional
5:00pm kava competition
Details of activity: demonstration of the plants and preparation of kava before drinking

Day 3: 27 July
Activity 1 9:00am to 11:30am canoes race kids/men /women
Details of activity: demonstration of Sandrawing
2:00pm dogong your (smoking)

Activity 2
2:15pm traditional food preparation
3:00pm custom dance
4:00pm kava demonstration island night feast
Free afternoon for snorkelling
6pm until late! String band entertainment "lap lap dinner,fresh fish and kava
Extra: stalls including local handicrafts carving and drinks and refreshment will be on sale through out all three days.


You can stay at Malog BungalowsBatis Seaside Guesthouse and Sanoli Bungalows.

2020-07-28 09:00:00
2020-07-29 18:00:00