Espirito Santo -  Vanuatu

After heading back south to spend the cyclone season in New Zealand, we return the following winter to the tropics, calling first into Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia. The six day passage north was a good one, and after enjoying the culinary delights of this French colony we leave New Caledonia and sail on to Vanuatu. Our arrival in the capital, Port Vila, coincides with the anniversary of independence and we are able to watch all kinds of traditional dance performances. A trip to the southern island of Tanna lets us witness the incredible Yasur volcano, erupting violently, from extremely close range. We also assist our friend Christian Eckhoff in salvaging his yacht Donella after she had foundered on a reef near Port Resolution. In the northern island of Espirito Santo we trek through the jungle to visit an isolated village that lives without any of the trappings of modern civilization. As a sign of acceptance of their culture, we dress ourselves in their "clothing".  

Vanuatu impressions

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