Vila – Maulako – Makili

Start Vila town sign
Finish Vila town sign
Type Of Walk Circuit
Distance 9.1 km (return); Note: if descend down northern side of village (short cut not yet verified GPS) circuit only 6.5km
Hours 3-4 hours walking (not including stops)
Grade Medium – medium/hard (depends on tides/temperature/whether get 4WD up to religious grotto)
Highlights Excellent coastal and mountain views, Cave of our Lady Mary, fresh  and hot water springs, villages and gardens, traditional food storage houses, wood carvers and weavers (visits can be prearranged by guide), traditional fishing boats and fish traps, St Peter’s monument,  wild rocky coastline, Lampian beach (good swimming), encountering local people
Description From Vila town sign walk towards hills, turn left at corner, then right again zigzagging on road up past the Stations of the Cross to the Cave of our Lady Mary.  Road is steep and it is up hill all the way.  Enjoy views then keep walking upwards mostly on the road but at times on shortcut tracks. Eventually can see Makili village down below through trees – take track down or if wanting to see fresh water springs/visit western side of village continue climbing upwards on road. Eventually walk though much greener forest/gardens near Maulako (320m) big change from dry slopes with eucalyptus.  Then veer off road up short track to see fresh water springs set amongst very large trees. From here it is then steeply downhill. Descend beside river channel and through village towards coast. Visit artisans if prearranged and then view hot springs (low tide only).  See the traditional fishing boats lining the shoreline.  Then view St Peter’s statue before clambering around the rocky coastline to Lampian Beach.  From there the coastline is easier going but still quite stony depending on the tide.  On reaching Vila return to starting point.
Equipment/Footwear Good walking shoes/trekking boots recommended – road/tracks steep, walking pole recommended plus sports sandals or similar for along rocky coast (will get wet)
Guides Recommended – will see and learn much more (e.g. meeting local artisans, finding out about village life, locating water and fresh water springs, rock scrambling on coast etc)
Transport Not needed (staying Vila)
Variants At start can pre-arrange 4WD transport part way (e.g. Cave of our Lady Mary) significantly reducing climb but road very rough. If not visiting Makili fresh and hot water springs could cut down off road to village much earlier reducing walking distance considerably.
Other Early morning start recommended. Extremely difficult walking between Lampian Beach/Makili at high tide, slippery, will get wet, and could get washed off rocks; high tide tracks exist on rock face but very steep and exposed (not recommended). Makili has small market on Thursday morning. Fresh water spring reduces to very low flow dry season; hot water spring can only be found at low tide

Track information verified apart from village shortcut. Recommended you notify your accommodation where you are walking (potential accident) and to walk with a companion; take water and protect yourself from the sun.