Malekula Island, Vanuatu - John Seach
Malampa Province


Malekula Island is located in central Vanuatu. The island is the second largest in Vanuatu and still maintains strong customs. The island is 90 km long and 44 km wide.

Malekula is the most linguistically diverse island in Vanuatu with 30 different languages spoken. Two distinct cultural groups are found on Malekula. There are the Big and Small Nambas.

Bougainville was the first European to reach the island in 1768 when his ship passed between Malekula and Espiritu Santo. In 1774 Cook landed at Port Sandwich.

In the early 1900's Malekula was a favourite island for Anthropologists. Several famous works were printed including "Malekula - a Vanishing People in the New Hebrides, by Bernard Deacon", and "Stone Men of Malekula, Vao".

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