find yourself...on moso island
WHAT TO BRING?
Watermark on Moso is on an island, miles away from anything resembling a retail shop. The general rule is to bring whatever you intend to eat, drink or do for the number of days you'll be staying...plus a little bit more just in case.
Supplies can be purchased in Vila and fresh food refrigerated or frozen.
Kitchen: Sugar, salt, pepper, some spices, aluminium foil, cling wrap, dishwashing liquid and implements, tea towels, and all eating and cooking utensils are supplied, including teapots and a coffee grinder (the local Tanna and Arore coffee beans are fantastic) but you should bring everything else you're planning to eat or drink. Tank water is filtered and usually in good supply. The basket to the left under the sink is a great place to keep your wine bottles, and the empty plastic containers above the fridge for any dry food not in a can. If you forget something, don't worry, the locals have their way at sourcing things and Vila is only a bus trip away using local cross-island transport...an experience in itself.
Bathroom: Complimentary soap and shampoo is provided but if you prefer your own brands, please bring them. All bathroom linen, toilet paper, air freshener and tissues are supplied. Please leave your hair dryer in your bag, the solar inverter will not likely handle the power draw.
Bedroom: All bedding for the queen bed and double pull-out is supplied. Extra pillows and blankets can be found if you need them.
First Aid and Prevention: A First Aid kit is supplied but we recommend you bring along your own sunscreen, personal insect repellant, antiseptic cream, band aids and whatever else you like to carry on your travels.
Clothing: Most days and nights you'll be dressed in little more than shorts and a loose shirt at best, but during the winter months we recommend a light jacket...if there's wind about, nights on the verandah can chill down a bit. Cover up on hot days in the boat...sunburn on a holiday can be a drag. If you want to explore the island off the main custom tracks, some walking shoes and a couple of water bottles are a good idea.
Moving at Night: Please bring a torch or headlamp, just in case you decide to pop down to the nearby resort or visit the locals after dark.
In the Water: Reef shoes are a must. Please don't venture onto the reef without them as coral cuts can get cranky. Some masks and snorkels are available for your use (you'll not need flippers to swim to the reef....it's right out front) as is some basic fishing gear. Serious adventurers should bring their own equipment. A two-man kayak is available anytime and lifejackets are provided. A custom dugout canoe is also on site and can be launched by contacting Kalo with a bit of notice. Ask him about canoes...he has carved 36 of them!
Books and Games: Help yourself to any book you find, and feel free to leave any you've finished for the next guest. If your time at Watermark has finished before your reading has, please take the book with you if you want, but try leave one in it's place. Any games you find are for your enjoyment. Please let us know if they are incomplete.
Connectivity: Mobile coverage is good, but you may need to restart your phone when you get to the Havannah side of Efate. Data roaming is adequate...just. Streaming of radio and music is usually pretty good in the morning, the opposite at night. If you need some serious data connectivity best arrange a MiFi (personal wifi) with TVL at the airport.
Music and TV: A CD radio with USB and Aux-in cable is supplied (please don't pack the cable when you go). The only radio station signal is FM107 from Vila, which is transmitted mostly in pidgin English (Bislama), with some English and French talkback thrown in just to mix it up a bit. To listen you'll have to move the radio onto the verandah and point it roughly toward Vila...but that's life in the Pacific. There is no TV by choice. The world will no doubt still be there when you head back to it....
If there's anything else we've missed or something specific to your needs, please don't hesitate to contact your host Ginny by clicking here