My favorite island in Vanuatu is Futuna. Through contacts I stayed with locals. Not many tourists go there. It is the only island without malaria. The only things they "import" are clothing, kerosene and soap. Apart from that they are self sufficient. You can walk around the island (scary path at times), you can "climb" the top of the island, you can eat coconut crab, pick mangos, drink coconutmilk and relax.
It is known, and confirmed by locals, that up to 7 sea crocodiles live in Vanua Lava rivers, mainly in Alket River and Selva River. Nearly all of them hide inthe most internal part of the river, but one is stantial in the mangrove swamp in Nousa Point. This is a huge one: 6 meters long, about 1.5 m wide!
If you are staying at Leumerous' guesthouse in Sola, you can get there on your own, walking through town on truck road, reach the airport, then just follow the black beach (Port Patterson bay) until its very end: you will also have to wade Selva River. At the end of the beach, you can see the school towards the point; on your left, already inside the bush, there's a little house (le petite maison), with a path leading to the internal. Follow the path and you will find yourself into the swamp, where you will step into a log bridge (sort of). Where the bridge is higher over the muddy water, you are supposed to wait and try to see the croc, possibly waiting for the high tide to bring clear water inside.
If you continue, the mangroves end into a wonderful beach, on the other side of the peninsula.
We could not see the animal, but the swamp itself it's great (and scary, if no one's around).
It's a good 3-4 hours walk to get there, and the same to go back. Easy walk ,aminly on the beach. On your way back you will have to wade again the River, this time with high tide: just keep in the middle: not too close to the sea, as it's deeper there.
I don't even know how it came about that we met a local guy named Tony. But its a great idea to have someone show you about. We had him drag us around for days and we literally walked god knows how many kms in the heat!!! He was wonderful taking us to his village, and the university, the school, he took us to some of the other resorts. Infact, I dont think there was much we didn't see. Obviously the wages are very low and we compensated by buying him lunch, and swung him a couple of bucks at the end of the day, and he was very happy, as were we.
On the opposite side of Efate to Port Vila near the old World War II airstip there are some locals that run a little 'war museum' and offer boat rides out to the crashed planes out in the shallows. We were able snorkel around the wreck and had a plate of tropical fruits and game of soccer with the kids waiting for us when we got back. All for about A$4 per person , definitely the highlight of my trip.
Here we are at Mystery Island again. It really is an off the beaten track distination. Uninhabited and very picturesque. Charming, quiet and the perfect place to really ' get away from it all! '
We went on a "round the island tour" where were taken up a river on an outrigger canoe and were greeted by these "warriors".
Gotto see how the locals live...these people see white people once a year or less often...and back in 1985 they still ATE PEOPLE!!!
They were very friendly...but I didn't trust their sharpened teeth!
Good luck getting to this pristine black-sand beach on the island of Ambae. I bearly made it there alive, but it was worth the risk.
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