Well this trip should be the complete opposite of the NZ holiday last year. The South Pacific is a world away from the NZ South Island in winter.Continue reading “Vanuatu – Pre Planning”
A midday flight so, no huge rush. The flight end up being delayed. I don’t think it’s our plane. It seems the airport stand is blocked by another plane delayed in leaving. So ours is sitting on the tarmac waiting for the stand to be freed up.Continue reading “Day 1 – Flying out”
Up for Sunrise, it’s a little overcast and windy, but still warm and nice. Breakfast and a relaxing morning taking in our surroundings.Continue reading “Day 2 – Vila Visit”
A really nice clear day. We’re on the harbour side of this point. We grab our reef shoes and take a walk around the point and onto the ocean side. We have a tag along, Phillipe the young son (6ish) of Sarah and John the house caretakers, comes with us. The kids all enjoy playing together.Continue reading “Day 3 – Erakor Island”
I didn’t know it at the time, but this morning my nemesis arrived. In the form of what I can only call a barely seaworthy cargo ship from the “Vanuatu Cargo” Co. This thing is a wreck, if a cop in Australia pulled it over it would have a yellow stick faster that you can say “rusted metal”Continue reading “Day 4 – Ken & Chris fly in”
Today will be a relaxing day, it’s cruiseship day. Pacific Aria is visiting, so I’m happy to give town a miss.
In fact Ken and Chris have been to Vila a couple of times on Cruise Ships so it interesting for them to see it from the other side so to speak.Continue reading “Day 5 – Lounging about.”
Another Cruiseship day, this time the huge MS Noordam, did I say it was huge…. You’ve got to give the captain and crew credit. This is a monster they just docked, and best I can see there were no tugboats.Continue reading “Day 6 – Lounging about Part 2”
OK So the boats have buggered off for a few days so we safe from the hoards.
As the Island of Efate, of which Port Vila is on, is such a reasonably small island about 25~30km in diameter, the road around the coast is only about 120km, so the big thing to do here is an around the island road trip.Continue reading “Day 7 – Around the Island Tour.”
We all drive into town …..that cargo ship is back…., Ken and Chris do their thing and we go to spend the Day on Iririki Island right in the middle of the harbour.
Somehow the kids con us into an icecream then we get on the small boat to take us across to Iririki. This is a flash resort and has prices to match. But to visit for the day is not too bad, about $20 each and we get that credit back for meals and drinks.Continue reading “Day 8 – Iririki Island.”
Karl picks us up and we head north again to the Wahoo Bar, just before Port Havannah to join the boat. Even from the Wharf you can see the water is crystal clear.Continue reading “Day 9 – Turtle Reef Snorkelling Trip”