Anchorage Category: Anchorage
Wala is a cute little island with welcoming locals familiar with tourism. For 10 years they had a cruise ship coming, but it has not come for 3 years. They are negotiating to get it back.
Anchoring is a little tricky, we anchored off the village to the right side of the dock as you are coming in. There are no coral heads, just sand, but it’s a steep downslope and hard to get a holding. On the left of the dock they have their local boats, but there are many scattered coral heads (which are OK for diving, but not amazing).
The village is more than happy to trade for local fruits and vegetables. There are many tabu’s here, so they recommend a local giving you a guided tour. We paid our guide $20 US and some rice, flour and food for the morning tour (which was great and super informative about their local culture and customs) along with coconuts, mangos, a pineapple, green beans and some bell peppers. Many men asked us for flippers and rope.
If an outsider wants land in their village, they must gift a pig to the chief. Then the village brings a huge rock from a mainland river and places it in the ground. Then the chief may grant you land for a house and a garden. In the meanwhile, there is a small cave where you and your family sleep and cook until these arrangements can be made.
The kids were fun, the village was welcoming, the tour was informative.