From Ranon beach, you will either walk for about 50 minutes (or catch a 20 minute truck transfer) through the stunning tropical forest high in to the hills where people from Fanla Village will demonstrate for you the famous Rom Dances - traditionally performed only on very special occasions. The Rom or ‘Masked’ dance is a sacred event associated with magic and it is believed to influence harvests. You will get an opportunity to watch a full schedule of hypnotic costumed dances as well as listen to beautiful and haunting bamboo flute music. You will also witness a small display of mysterious ‘Black Magic’ only performed by special sorcerers – ‘the man blong blak majik’. Although people on Ambrym dress very conservatively normally, during the dances, some of the men wear nothing but penis sheaths called "nambas". Each face mask is unique and can only be made in complete secret by specific mask makers. The costuming, sound and rhythmic movements of the Roms are so elaborate and spectacular it is hard not to be completely mesmerised. You will also get a unique opportunity to admire the fabulous traditional carving – and to buy carvings directly from the local carvers. Ambrym is known for its fine carving in wood, volcanic stones and tree fern.
Fitness Rating: Moderate - if you walk to the tour site.
Typical Tour Program Tour operates by request only every day except Sunday. Tour duration excluding transfers is just over an hour
Welcome dance to enter the Nasara
Rom spirit dances
Sand drawing demonstration
Bamboo flute music
Black magic demonstration
Opportunity to take photos with the dancers & Villagers
Artifacts & carvings for sale
Visit the village, old Nasara and graves
Prices Tour entrance fee 5,000 Vatu per person (minimum 2). For those who wish to go by chartered transport, please do ask your host to organise it.