Location is everything on Tanna Island
Getting there is easy: Take a 45-minute Air Vanuatu flight from Port Vila to White Grass Airport. We will pick you up for a 20-minute 4WD coastal/forest drive to Rockwater.
Warning: the roads on Tanna have not been maintained during the 2+ years of border closures, so be ready for some rough road adventures!
TIP: When flying from Port Vila on Efate Island to Tanna Island, book a seat on the left side of the plane (facing forward) as you will view Erromango Island on the way and Tanna Island with Rockwater in the distance as you fly into land, (have cameras on the ready)...on the right side you will not see anything but an endless ocean.
Why is Rockwater the furthest resort from the volcano?
The reason is simple: Wellbeing and comfort!
Volcanic ash irritates and can damage eyes plus poses a health risk to people with respiratory problems (Covid masks and eye protection can mitigate these issues). This fine ash also infiltrates into rooms, food, clothing, and electronics, making life problematic. We love to visit the volcano and other areas on Tanna Island, but thankfully these are mostly ½ day durations.
From our extensive experience of living on Tanna and aware that the majority of Tanna Island is subject to ash fall out ; we ensured that Rockwater would be located the furthest distance (North East) from the volcano (see the anchor sign north of Iuiak- top left hand side), as the ash disperses the further from the source. On a clear day we can see the ash cloud further south flowing out to see.
Sunsets and calm seas count.
Facing northwest, the resort is in a bay protecting it from Southerly trade winds and rough seas, it is home to a prolific coral and marine life coastline and is ideally positioned to watch the sunset over the horizon anytime of the year.
TIP: When flying from Port Vila on Efate Island to Tanna Island, book a seat on the left side of the plane (facing forward) as you will view Erromango Island on the way and Tanna Island with Rockwater in the distance as you fly in to land, (have cameras on the ready)...on the right side you will not see anything but an endless ocean.
- Address: Ocean Road Ipak Bay, North West, Tanna, Vanuatu
- Phone: +678 565 1300