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Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate April 23rd 2018

Blog 30 Part 1: Port Vila, Vanuatu, April 18 ,2018 – Weather forecast: partly cloudy; temperature 28°C, wind 28kts (7 Beaufort) – overnight gusting to 44kts – 2 to 3-meter swells Today’s port of call is Port Vila, the capital city of Vanuatu, which was a former French/British colony. They jointly ruled the island chain from 1906 until independence was achieved in 1980. Of the 82 islands that make up this island nation 62 are inhabited and are home to approximately 300,000 inhabitants, some of whom actually practiced cannibalism as late as the 1960’s. There are approximately 105 different indigenous dialects spoken by this population. Today the islands are a peaceful tourist destination with a rugged coastline and a rolling verdant rain forest. Our tour today took in the magical and mysterious world of ancient Melanesia ... read more
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Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate January 3rd 2015

I'm one of those people who finds the human condition endlessly fascinating. What is it exactly that controls our emotions, the mystical trigger to determine our likes and dislikes? And yet these very preferences are different from person to person, as by definition personal taste is an individual thing. But there does seem to be a constancy in our genetic makeup, such that the things individuals like do not really change as the years go by. It has been twenty years since I last visited Vanuatu, where I stayed on Efate for a month chilling out by the beach, and discovering the rhythms of the local culture. It all seems so long ago, yet the positive memories of my time in Port Vila have always stayed with me. The years roll by and memories of past ... read more
Locals at the Blue Lagoon
Hideaway Island
The Blue Lagoon

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate July 5th 2014

This will be a short post. I have been so busy doing many things over here that i have not had time to update my blog. Today i got into an off road buggy and went 4wding through the bush and jungle to turtle bay. Whilst in turtle bay i got to release a baby turtle into the ocean and swim with the biggest turtles i have ever seen. We got to hold onto them and swim under the water with them. There was also some black tipped reef sharks that we got to swim with as well. i have put a few photos up of the adventure but it truly was an epic amazing experience.... read more
Speckles the Turtle I released
Huge Turtle
Smaller Turtle :)

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate June 22nd 2014

Finally I have made it to Vanuatu, we were welcomed by a traditional band and greeting with a shell necklace when getting off out of the We had a short 30 minute bus trip to where we are staying. Checked in and straight down to get something to eat and drink. Edgar who is a local Vanuatu man was doing sand drawings which tells the story of Vanuatu. They were simply amazing to watch him to them, I remember doing something similar on a doodle sketch when I was a child. It was amazing to hear the stories of the land, reminded me of the dream time stories the aboriginals tell. After an extremely long day of travelling I was finally able to shower and head to bed, my head did not even hit the pillow ... read more
Edgar

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate June 21st 2014

So today marks the first day of full adventure in Vanuatu, to say that I am excited is the understatement of the year. We are headed to the Vanuatu History Museum where again Edgar will be doing some of the amazing sand drawings and telling us the stories of his land. He told us a story of teenagers and of love, it was amazing to be apart of that cultural experience. After the drawings we were allowed to walk around the Museum and have a look around, there was so much to see and take in in such a short amount of time. However I had to take some time out to have a look at the traditional fishing gear, it made we want to make all the anglers in the Vic Bream Classic, use this ... read more

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate June 19th 2014

The long await has begun, waking up from a nice sleep in as I do not know the next time I will be getting a good night sleep. The nerves are fine at this point until I step out of my room for the first time today, only to find that I have several notes all over my door from my friends wishing me luck and not to leave until they have finished their exams. Now the nerves have well and truly set in, I have gone through my bags at least 4 times now taking stuff out and adding other stuff in. How do you place importance on items what makes one thing more important than another, I ended up sacrificing my clothing in order to make room for more teaching supplies which I could ... read more
Russian Lady (veldia)
Last Australian Sunset
Gemma

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate » Port Vila June 18th 2014

As I get ready to head over to Vanuatu on the experience of a lifetime, the nerves have officially hit me today. Packing my life and resources all into 1 small suitcase makes it all seem very real. I am heading over to Vanuatu to teaching the local children in Mele Maat Primary School for 3 weeks. My goal whilst there is to enrich and educate these children's lives and hopefully strike a love and passion for learning and education. The nerves have taken over to a point that doubt has begun to set in, can I really do this? Can I educate children from another culture? Is this really what I want to do? I guess it is too late to back out now, I am going ahead with this. So tomorrow marks the day ... read more

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate November 16th 2012

In which our heroes arrive to a non-western country, become guests in a local parish, backpack to a remote island and twice try to get stoned but are unsuccessful. If you drill a hole through the earth from Israel you will emerge in the South Pacific. The closest land to that point will be a one of the most remote islands in the world, the small island of Rapa Iti in French Polynesia. In my mid 20s I was sure that by age 40 I will find myself on Rapa but having passed my 39th birthday and understanding that getting to a location that is served by a once-in-a-few-months transport ship taking 3 weeks to arrive is probably not a possibility in my current obligations. So I pushed the timeframe for getting to Rapa to ... read more
Mele waterfall - I
Vanuatu Kids
Vanuatu cannoe

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate » Port Vila September 1st 2012

In September 2012, Paul and I had one of the most amazing holidays in Vanuatu. We had the pleasure of staying four nights in Port Vila. We went to relax and chill out, yet we experienced so much more! Vanuatu has the friendliest people and beautiful, natural landscapes I've seen. In our time there we got to drive buggies through the jungle, spend time with local villagers, swim in the Cascades Waterfalls, visit the Secret Garden and eat at a Melanesian feast, plus much more! We stayed in the most beautiful and secluded resort in Port Vila called Paradise Cove. It was 25 minute drive from the centre of town and only had 10 bungalows.The resort is set in an established tropical garden and on a beautiful reef, which is great for snorkelling and swimming. We ... read more

Oceania » Vanuatu » Efate » Port Vila January 13th 2012

Shore day in Port Vila Vanuatu. This is the capital and on the island of Efate, the south west of the group of islands formerly known as The New Hebrides as named and chartered by Captain Cook. A small capital of around 30,000 people from a mix of nationalities with the principal language of Bislama (pidgin type of language ) English and French. In the harbour lies the island of Iririki which has expensive looking resorts doted around. There seems to be quite a lot of marketing of homes and villa to expats, lots of real estates. The harbor had a constant sea mist today, not sure if this is usual. It was hot and muggy when we disembarked and we ran the gauntlet of the taxis and vans lined up and took one to town. ... read more
Parliament house
Local transport
Harbour




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