Gorgeous!!!! Fantastic people, beautiful landscapes...
Isolated and the major towns are expensive.
olde times very yesteryear in a peaceful time there back then
On a recent visit to Vanuatu we hired a car and found this hidden gem at a place called Paradise Cove about 15 minutes from port vila. It is the boutique and studio of a fashion designer. I had a lovely chat with Jojo about visits to Paris and got to see the works in progress in the studio. I even got to see some of the silk collection and vintage...more
OK, I have to confess I didn't actually stay at this hotel, but I did spend some time strolling...more
Dont miss to take a closer look at the traditional wooden sculptures that you will find in the car-parking of the restaurant "Le Rendez Vous".Some of these sculptures are actually drums, called Tomtom, used also in order to communicate with other tribes far away or simply for making music. I will also show some more pictures of them in my...more
You really must visit Mt Yasur Volcano if you get the chance...it is amazing!! We arrived just on sunset to find the hot lava being spewed in the air. We could also hear the huge 'booms' from a long way away...very scary when you get up close but fantastic all the same!!! Mt Yasur is on the opposite side of the island to the airport so you can...more
For people wanting to visit Tanna Island to see Yasur volcano and experience the true tradition of the locals; you must stay at Yasur Camping Site. This is located at the Base of Yasur near the entrance to the volcano. You can’t get any closer.We arrived on Tanna in the afternoon and were met with our Host Jackson. After loading our gear and...more
We heard about the Nanda Blue Hole from a friend that travels to Santo every year.One of the most amazing natural wonders on Santo is the blue holes. These are deep blue freshwater holes that are carved out by the natural springs that bubble up from underground. They have to be seen to be believed.The most magical blue hole on Espiritu Santo is the...more
Head towards the market after 9pm, and you'll find out where everyone congregates. To the left of the main market is a row of stalls with benches set out infront. Sit down, and the cook will appear offering to whip up a meal right in front of you. The food isn't complicated (chicken'n'chips), but is what the locals eat, so is a lot cheaper than the...more
Port Vila is the capital of Vanuatu and is located on the south-western coast of Efate. It is a town of about 36,000 people and has almost everything a town in Australia of the same size would have. The people are very friendly and we foudn it to be safe to walk around day or night...more
If you get the chance then do an Around the Island Tour...just ask any bus driver in town - most of them will offer a price to take you around. You can ask around before taking up any driver on the offer though. It costed us 5000 vatu each but included commentary, lunch, morning & afternoon tea and entry to the beaches.Our driver, Massing, was...more
We did a Lelepa Island Day Tour run by the locals. The day tour includes transfers from your resort in Port Vila, BBQ lunch, snorkelling gear, morning and afternoon refreshments etc. It costed us 3600 vatu each but we got a half price deal because we were staying at Pangos Paradise Cove Resort... I'm not sure if that is a common thing or not but it...more
There are some great caves on the other side of the island..the tour will take you there. THey're really old and there's a very old handprint there..the locals beleive the spirits live there..it's very cool. they lit candles for us and we went in about 70m ..it was great!more
The tour will take you around the island, walking and by boat. If you're brave enough to go there by yourself.. then remember to ask permission before you go anywhere as the island is all private property and even the water, bush, caves are owned by people. When you pay for the island tour, this contributes to the locals.more
The Mele Cascades are gorgeous!! The water is crystal clear and runs over limestone so it looks fantastic. The cascades are about a 10 minute drive north of Port Vila and it costs around 200 vatu to get out there. Once you arrive you will have to pay a 1000 vatu fee to get into the cascades too...and if you're lucky you will get a guide. You can...more
The locals are wonderful people who warlmy welcomed us upon arrival meeting us in their canoes.Then they wanted us to see the bat caves up on the craterside. They are not very big but the walk up to them is just breathtaking. Lush beautiful rainforest.more
experience the whole island? i got the pleasure of living on iririki for many years. the resort is fantastic, there are new owners there now and from what i hear they are doing a fantastic job, but the resort is another story.the island itself is owned by the ifira villiage (the island behind) it is not possible for expats to own land, all under...more
Melanesias greatest contribution to the world is probably the most remarkable custom, land diving or ‘Nagol’ from Pentecost. Which has been witnessed in 1979 by a visitor who later introduced it to New Zealand as bungee jumping with rubber lines instead of vines. Nowadays it's the hype with adrenalin junkies who emulate something the Pentecost men have been doing for hundreds of years.
Every year in April and May, a 20 to 30-metre tower is constructed for the land diving ceremony.
Fondest memory: The bushwalking is both challenging and rewarding.
The local shop is really just a stall, very native with the homemade bags and clothes- sarong, dresses, etc..hanging by the branches of trees! There are no modern clothes hangers here, no fitting rooms, etc..The atmosphere is truly tropical so if you like something and needs to try a dress for instance, just use your towel or improvise, ask someone...more
Experience all the great dive sites of Santo with the resident dive operator. Enjoy a day out on the water with game, sport or reef fishing, or just simply lie back and relax at Aore Resort and enjoy the white sandy beach and tropical waters. Day tours can be arranged to all the exciting spots in Santo including Champagne Beach, the Blue Holes, a...more
The big Nakamal open-air restaurant and bar is set right on the beach with panoramic bay views that enhance its romantic ambience. Lovely to sit at sunset and enjoy one of the bar staff's cocktails while overhearing yachties conversations about life at sea.. poulet fisch a very meaty fish if you have to indulge yourself go for coconut crab.more
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