Eco Friendly

Papaya Villa is Eco Friendly !

We are 100% off-grid and proud of the fact we are a self sustaining eco friendly villa in Vanuatu

What does this mean for our wonderful guests?


We have our own grid at Papaya Villa.

Energy is harvested from the sun and stored in our battery system. Our inverter system provides 240 volts of renewable energy to the villa.

It does mean that our guests need to be mindful of power usage whilst staying at Papaya Villa, but that is really not much more than being aware, and turning off lights and fans when they are not needed. A good practice to learn and to take home.

We don’t use a dishwasher or hair dryers as these are absolutely energy hungry, and are not really part of the Papaya Villa experience.

The sun is not always shining, so we do have a generator backup system to ensure that the water is still flowing and the refrigerator and freezer keep going.


We have two sources of water.

  1. 10,000 litres of water is harvested from the rain and stored in a water tank.
  2. Endless ground water is pumped up from the natural aquifer that runs underneath Papaya Villa and out to the ocean.

The ground water is potable (safe to drink) and is crystal clear and cold. It is my favorite!

You can see some videos of the natural water running out to the ocean across some of our beaches on our Video Channel…


Our sewerage system is a fully enclosed septic system that is underground, and more importantly does not require power to function.

We purchased a license to this amazing technology and went about building our own system…


Sammi our groundsman sorts the waste and utilises any organic material for compost  in the vegetable garden … Plastic bottles are reused in the village.


We have sourced and used as much materials as possible in construction from surrounding the villa. This includes natural renewable timbers, sand, natangura roofing, dead coral for walls. In fact the render on the villa is made from sand from our beach.  This significantly reduced manufacturing and transport, and carbon emissions.


Our intention during design was to ensure that the building took advantage of breezes as well as the natural insulation provided by concrete and high ceilings. To this end we have been able to substitute air conditioners for ceiling fans and smart use of louvered windows and shutters to capture breezes.


Your stay at Papaya Villa will hopefully demonstrate how easy it is to live in a more sustainable way. It really is common sense:

  1. Be aware of where the breezes come from so you can take advantage of the natural flow of air
  2. Be mindful of power usage and turn things off if not required
  3. Don’t use hair dryers or appliances that are energy hungry
  4. DO NOT put anything down the toilet that is not organic! There are bins provided for sanitary items for example.
  5. If you run the batteries dry then the power will stop … and you will need to start the generator… simples!
  6. When you arrive we will give you an orientation on the sustainable aspects of staying at Papaya Villa.