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Vanuatu

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  • Cruise day 19

    As the photo shows it day 27 of our trip, its unbelievable to think we have been on holiday for almost a month. We really had so much fun it feels like a week. I can do this permanently no problem. 😜

    We had another great tour with our tour guide Clay Westwood who just happen to have been to all the places Isabel's research showed as must do's. Also he knows all the tricks like not having to pay to go to the Island 🌴 if you dive instead of just snorkeling.

    Beautiful dive site called the "Bronzer", with a wreck that's intact and the biggest clown fish colony we have every seen.

    We were lucky enough to see a seahorse for the second time in a couple of days of diving.

    We even saw a cleaning shrimp, who's job it is to clean the teeth of fish eating fish, like sharks. As this little guy does the sharks a favor they won't eat him. I even tried it as I opened my mouth he swam into it& no doubt getting some of last nights rack of lamb leftovers. 😜

    The clown fish was quite a treat, as I get to see the same facial expression on Isabel's face every-time she sees them, as she had when she saw her favorite Disney character in Disney world. She just loves those small clown fish or as she calls them Nemo's.

    The dive site was so close to shore that we literally got back on the boat and dropped our dive gear and snorkeled back to the island. Even the snorkeling was a treat with the amount of fish we saw.

    Just before we got to shore we passed the famous underwater post office of Vanuatu 🇻🇺 . Seems like too much effort to get you mail watertight or waterproof before posting it 😜.

    {Roedolf}
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  • My love for islands are growing rapidly!! We spend majority of our day on a tiny island, called Hideaway, it took me 12 min to walk around it. The beach is full of washed out corral. This island is also home to the only underwater post office in the world.We dived the wreck& reef closeby, the boat dropped us off halfway so we snorkeled back to shore. A Beautiful mix of soft and hard corral& loads of fish. Today I was in clown fish (Nemo) heaven.

    We walked through the market in town, I loved the gorgeous flowers. We spend our last Vatu's on an icelolly & then headed back with a water taxi. We enjoyed the pristine views from the water. Vanuatu is a third world country but without a doubt a paradise.

    {Issy}
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  • Cruise day 20

    A day on a deserted island 🏝in the Pacific. What more do you want.

    The island is 2.3km around, yes Isabel and I walked around the Island with our GPS watches to know exactly how big the island is. But it came at a price for me walking around and island in wet shorts = rash.

    This is really an island like you see in the movies with coconut 🌴 trees, never ending beaches and natures beauty everywhere.

    We spent most of the day snorkeling and sunbathing on the beach.

    {Roedolf}
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  • There are many local tour operators straight off the pier, everyone is storming you to make a sale, clearly their bread & butter. We much rather support the locals, than doing the standard RC ones which is over cautious &very Americanized. In other places in the world you are born with common sense or at least somewhat guided towards it. I am stunned by the safety comments all over the boat!! Sorry got sidetracked there.

    I wanted to see a waterfall as its so subtropical, so we opted for that tour option. I saw the nervousness in the tour guides eye when we said we want to do the entire walk independently, I assured him we are fast walkers & won't get lost as I studied the route before we arrived in Fiji. The oldie crowd went downhill at a snails pace. We ended up waiting for them and we went the long way.

    In Fiji they refer to "Fiji time" this is even slower than Bermuda or Africa time, a set time does not really mean anything to them. We stopped at a park where people train next to the beach, we were not surprised to see the school kids playing with a rugby ball. The tsunami sign caught my eye, it's definitely a reality in their everyday living.

    {Issy}
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  • Well I was going to get off the ship today and have a look at Mystery Island.I thought I'd do the sensible thing and wait till the hoards of excited beach people got off.As on other ships they run a numbered ticket system, then when the crowds have all got off it's an open tender.They started tendering at about 8am and by 12 they hadn't started open tendering.The thing was that we had to be back on board by 16.15 so by the time I'd got over to the island and walked around for a while the hoards would be making their way back to the ship, and I didn't fancy getting caught up in all the pushing and shoving that usually goes on when people are tired and wanting to get back.Anyway thanks to the mighty Google I've read up on the island and in a nutshell it's just a beach.Tomorrow is Port Villa, Vanuatu, and I think we are all getting off as there is duty free in the town and we need some cigarettes to pay for our taxi from the airport when we get home.For those of you wondering what that's all about, our taxi driver takes 200 cigarettes each way for an airport run, so we're happy and so is he.Read more

  • We all got off for a look around Port Villa ,Vanuatu, we took one of the minibus type taxis from the port to the town, and that in itself was quite an experience.
    These must be amongst the worst drivers in the world, but at least we arrived in one piece, and at $5 Australian each was a reasonable price for the ride.
    The town is quite run down, but that seems to be the norm for the South Pacific.
    We went in a few duty free shops, but didn't buy anything.
    To be honest Sheila, Sue and Maz didn’t like the place and wanted to get back to the ship.
    I was going to have a mooch around on my own, but it started to rain so we jumped a taxi back to the ship.
    The impression I have of the South Pacific Islands is that they are very like the Caribbean, in that once you've seen one you've seen them all.
    Anyway today is a sea day then tomorrow is Suva on the island of Fiji, so hopefully that will be different, we have an overnight stay at Suva so maybe I'll get some exploring done on my own.
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  • 'n Kaleidoskoop van kleure en die reuk van sondbrandolie het ons betower op die Mysterieuse mooi Vanuata eiland. Terwyl ek en Roedolf so om die eilandjie stap, het ek gedink my Afrikaanse en Engelse byvoeglike naamwoorde mag dalk opdroog voor ons in Sydney aankom.

    Wie sou kon raai dat mens met n bikini oor n landingstrook kan loop en gou n spring kan inwerk? -ook n eerste.

    Die snorkel was weereens eersteklas. Dit was absoluut die moeite werd om ons snorkel en paddavoete saam te karwei.

    N.S.
    Ek werk aan my Afrikaans, ek besef ons praat n mengelmoes na ek 'n Afrikaanse storieboek gelees het

    {Issy}
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