AUSTRAL, December 27th, 2016, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Posted on Wednesday 11 January 2017

No-2140

By Mark WATSON

 

This Afternoon we anchored off the beautiful island of Espiritu Santo which is situated within the Sanma Province of Vanuatu Espiritu Santo (from the Spanish espíritu santo, “Holy Spirit”). This is the largest island in the nation of Vanuatu, with a surface area of 3955.5 km². It belongs to the archipelago of the New Hebrides in the Pacific region of Melanesia. It is in the Sanma Province of Vanuatu. The town of Luganville, on Espiritu Santo’s southeast coast, is Vanuatu’s second-largest settlement and the provincial capital.

 

After lunch, for those that were keen for a swim or snorkel, a beautiful beach on the island of Maeva, not far from the ship, was our stop for the remainder of the afternoon. We were then greeted by the friendly Tolahrua string band. Their music was so rhythmic you couldn’t help but to tap your toes, then start to dance. It was then time for the highlight of the afternoon our water music performers by the woman of Gaua. It was absolutely amazing how they could get such sounds by slapping their hands on the water, a truly amazing experience.

 

The waters around the island were crystal clear, abundant fish life was easily spotted near the colourful corals and sponges. As the sun started to set, it was time to embark the Zodiacs® and head back to the ship, with our head full of memoires, as today was our last day of our voyage The Mysteries of Melanesia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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