Blogs from Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, Oceania


Oceania » Vanuatu » Espiritu Santo September 12th 2023

Here is my second entry on Vanuatu. I have to admit, exploring an active volcano and diving one of the biggest WWII wreck is a little too much for me over a single blog. My trip is soon turning to an end. I came back home in Bali last night, and yes, it feels good to be at home! Espiritu Island, also known as Santo is a 45 minutes flight from the capital Port Vila to Luganville. The flight is on the local Air Vanuatu ATR72. The are few things to see or do around Santo. I'm here only to dive the US President Coolidge wreck, so I have to admit I didn't do it all the way to Champagne Beach. This beach is one of the only cool ones around. Yes, cool beaches are not ... read more
The wreck is 600 feet long, that's 200 meters...massive!
US President Coolidge is sunk on his all the cargo is just a mess...
Nice ramen in Luganville...

Oceania » Vanuatu » Espiritu Santo February 4th 2020

Day 6 Walked into town after collecting a map. VERY HUMID. Passed some markets including one person selling BATS . We kept walking and visited the prototype of a WW2 museum with many relics left behind from the US occupation including the very wide road through the centre of town. We gave a donation and walked back towards the boat with the intention of a cold beer at a waterfront cafe that we had seen earlier. We made it just in time for the rain to start. And down it came!!! Great wifi and two beers later it started to relent. We left and caught a taxi back to the boat. Got changed a see were very wet. had lunch and a sleep. The humidity is a killer. We had a shower then and headed to ... read more

Oceania » Vanuatu » Espiritu Santo December 18th 2015

Thursday 10 December We woke at 7.45 am and gently stirred. We had been recceing our journey to the ship this morning over the last few days and basically we can get a Citycat down the river and the walks either end with our luggage should be manageable. We were due to check out by 10 am and we did so by 9.30 am. The Republic apartments were an enjoyable few days and lots of washing caught up with. We popped into Woolworths for last minute supplies and then made our way down to the Riverside walk. Note, I said downhill so this helped with our wheeled bags. Also the Australians have their kerbs sorted for disabled people so for us life was made easier, we didn't have to lift the cases once. We arrived at ... read more

Oceania » Vanuatu » Espiritu Santo January 13th 2012

Today's shore excursion is to Champagne Bay which is situated on the East coast of Vanuatu's largest island, Espiritu Santo. This is Spanish for "Holy Spirit" and was first sighted by Europeans in 1606 when the Portuguese navigator Pedro Fernandez de Quiros landed at Big Bay west of Champagne Bay. The beach has fine white sand, and this fringes forests and mountains. 200 residents live in this bay and today they were all out flogging their wares. $2 for a photo with a snake, lizard or turtle, the usual sarongs, shirts and woven products as well as food such as banana, pineapple, passion fruit, coconut, mango, pawpaw, dried banana chips, dried tapioca chips, and a local nut that we used to eat in PNG which we called Gallup nuts. The market area was set up in ... read more
Just in case
Champagne Bay
Serious coral anchor hook

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