Delve into the Melanesian culture at a village overlooking Eni Beach, one of the most spectacular stretches of sand on Mare Island. The way there will introduce you to the island's stunning natural beauty as you will pass coastal highlights such as Cap Wabao and Pede Bay, where you can see just how clear the water is. The indigenous Melanesian villagers will reveal some of their cultural practices through songs, showing how their huts are constructed and by demonstrating how they prepare traditional bougna, a concoction of root vegetables and various meats wrapped in banana leaves and cooked over hot stones in an earthen oven. After sampling the dish, you will enjoy free time at the beach. You might bask in the sun, stroll along the shore and take a refreshing swim in the sparkling sea. Because of the water's remarkable clarity, you may wish to rent snorkeling gear to observe the colorful marine life.
• Watch the indigenous Melanesians demonstrate their cultural ways in a seaside village.
• See how they prepare the traditional dish bougna in an earthen oven and then taste it.
• Relax however you wish on Eni Beach and swim in the crystal-clear sea.