Sunrise Bungalow is a small community project built in July
2003 with assistance from Youth Challenge International.
It's a quiet place, about 1 km south of Nikaura village with
several attractions in the area:
- Surf, there are several attractive breaks from Nikaura up to the northeastern
tip of Epi. The waves at Nivenue village (pronounced 'Niven-oo-ay')
have been surfed once or twice by tourists from the Pacific
Princess cruise ship.
- A small coral reef Marine
Protected Area in front of the bungalow with good snorkelling
at both low tide and high tide. Sea turtles lay their eggs
on the beach here from September to December each year.
- Fine views of Lopevi Island where there's an active volcano.
is also near the start of the east coast track if you're
interested in walking around Epi.
Accommodation at Nikaura Sunrise Bungalow costs 2000 per
person, per night, with breakfast and dinner. Lunch is an
extra 500 Vatu. Snorkelling in the MPA is 500 Vatu. All expenses are payable in Vatu cash. Exchange
Lopanga manages the bungalow and if she is assisted by Lemas. Nikaura now has Digicel mobile phone coverage. Some useful numbers are:
- Lopanga 5342659
- Morris Melang 5356829
- Yapet Morris 5462610
you can't get through to Nikaura then you might call Tasso at Lamen Bay on 28230 (Epi Paradise Sunset Bungalows) and ask him to pass a message.
Not many people visit Nikaura and bookings
shouldn't be necessary, especially if you're overnighting
at Lamen Bay first.
Accommodation and Food
There was still only one bungalow at Nikaura in January 2009, with two single beds inside.
Another bungalow was under construction and should be finished by mid-2009. Mosquito nets are provided. The door is lockable
if you bring a small padlock. There's no power and kerosene
lamps are used for lighting.
blong swim (shower under an open pipe) and one western style, water-seal
toilet (bucket flush). Bath towel, bath soap and toilet paper may be provided, usually you would bring these items with you.
The food Nikaura is an interesting mix of western and local style. Typical dishes are chicken, rice, simboro, kumala
chips, fish and kumula. For breakfast you may get bread or gato, with tea or instant coffee. Aelan
kaekae is always available, just ask. Special meals (eg vegetarian,
low sodium etc.) can be provided. The bungalow water supply comes down from the hills and should be OK to drink.
Suggestions and Transport
There's only one basic store in Nikaura and it's best to
do your shopping before arrival. See
our Epi page about transport to Nikaura from Lamen Bay.
surveyed: September 2004 by Stephen.
Last updated: May 2009 by Stephen.