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FAQ : WHY 'FLAMETREE' RATHER THAN IN PORT VILA ITSELF ?

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Port Vila is a typical pacific island town, with a great harbour and good outlook. However, as with most island towns its development has been relatively unorganized and most accommodation has been placed in less than ideal locations on the harbourfront, or back within the town itself with no views or holiday presence. There are a number of exceptions of course, with the most notable being Irriki Resort situated on an island in the harbour.

However, the fact that tourism has not developed to the same extent as say Fiji, is its strength. Travellers generally come to Vanuatu because it is comparatively untouched by tourism and authentic island experiences are available, both in regards to accommodation and attractions. Holiday rentals have developed and present an attractive alternative to resort holidays. While there are a fair smattering of generic (western) holiday houses, there are options like Flametree which provide a living experience which is close to a true island escape, where guests are located away from the crowds and are free to enjoy life right on the coast, and where they can appreciate real indoor/outdoor holiday living.


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FAQ : WHERE IS FLAMETREE (IN TUK-TUK BAY) ?

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Flametree is located approx 25 minutes from Port Vila, and positioned in a premium position in Tuk-Tuk bay to enjoy spectacular sunsets. Being in the generally sheltered Tuk-Tuk bay gives you the best of both worlds as you have that true island experience of being pretty well by yourselves to relax, but close enough to Port Vila should you want to go out for dinner or get supplies.


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FAQ : ARE THERE NEIGHBOURS AROUND FLAMETREE ?

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Over the years,new owners have developed their properties. Flametree has neighbours on both sides, and a friendly laid back atmosphere has formed alongside. Planting has gradually provide screen to adjacent ptoperties.


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FAQ : WHAT IS SO GOOD ABOUT 'TUK-TUK' BAY COMPARED TO BUKURA AND MELE ?

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Like many pacific islands, Vanuatu lies at a latitude where the trade winds predominate. Generally these occur from the east to southeast at an average wind speed of 5 knots, during the wet season. However, these winds pickup during the cooler dry season, and the southeast trades average at about 10 knots but are often greater than this, and larger swells and rough seas are associated with this.

Flametree is located on the western arm of Tuk-Tuk bay and is generally sheltered from both the eastern and south eastern trade winds. Consequently, for the majority of the time. Flametree enjoys calm and sheltered weather for guests to bask in the sun by the pool, snorkel just offshore in the adjacent coral reef, or kayak around Tuk-Tuk bay.

Contrasting this, Bukura lies on the eastern side of the arm of the peninsula leading out from Port vila with Tuk-Tuk bay at its tip. As a consequence, Bukura generally has higher winds which attain their greatest velocity (and annoyance) during the cooler dry season, making this time fairly miserable during this time, with salt laden sea air constantly invading the residences on this coast.

Mele faces south and suffers a similar wind discomfort as Bukura. While Mele beach appears attractive on first apperance, its is a surf beach with no coral reef, and it has vigorous dumping waves and the sea floor falls away steeply, making the beach fairly unfriendly. The road occurs on the beach side of residences along this stretch making privacy impossible.


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FAQ : WHAT IS PANGONA ESTATE ?

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Pangona Estate is the name given to the development that has occured at Tuk-Tuk Bay, and consists of approx 50 properties each having a coastal frontage of 40 metres with double sites having a coastal frontage of 80 metres. All properties at Pangona are serviced by the private estate road, water from a bore from the hills behind, and infrastructure power and telephone. The development has been sensitive to preserving larger tropical trees and each section has a fairly high coverage of native bush.

However, a word of caution, as only about half of the properties at Pangona Estate fall within Tuk-Tuk bay and the shelter that it offers. Lots 1 through to approx lot 26, fall with the Bay, with Flametree being in the centre of the western arm. The lots with higher numbers (24 on) are closer to the point and are more exposed to the weather, while lots 1 etc have frontages approaching tidal reaches and are less attractive.



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