A fabulous couple of weeks exploring the islands to the north of the Vanuatu group. From Port Vila we visited Havannah Harbour - a mere 20 miles where we had a pleasant time with the chief of the village and his family. Onto Lamen Bay on the island of Epi next where there was reported to be a dugong - a manatee with a different tail shape renowned for his friendly nature. There we met up with Joanne and John aboard Feisty (from Oz) and Bungee, Jill and Sue aboard Bloomers (from NZ). We spent a super few days ashore exploring with them and searching for the dugong who was sighted on many occasions, but alas he didn't make himself available for swimming buddy.
The overall purpose of our trip was to go to the Rom Festival on the island of Ambryn - 'Back to our Roots', created 8 years ago to educated the local children and give the islanders and tourists a flavour of life on the island for the past few centuries. Enroute we called into Port Sandwich on the island of Malakula where we spent nearly a week interacting with the friendly people.
Marnie left Virginia Beach early January 2008 for a Pacific crossing to New Zealand. The 'coconut milk run' adventure took 11 months and was filled with spectacular sailing. All senses were evoked as we journeyed 10,000 miles.... full info
The Rom danceThe dancers wear a cloak of banana leaves and intricate masks
Chief promotional ceremonyThis is performed by the chief standing on a high platform. The villagers circle below and for a certain duration they are permitted to display their pleasure or displeasure with their chiefs performance. If displeased they lob coconuts at him!