AUSTRAL, February 26th, 2017 Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Posted on Monday 6 March 2017

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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 breakfast, 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 morning. 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 morning 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 and for those who just wanted a swim or lay on the beach, this was the perfect spot. It was then time for lunch and a quick trip on the Zodiac® back to the ship.

 After lunch we went on a Zodiac® tour from the ship that was anchored just off Paradise lagoon to the wirri wirri river, to a place called the blue lagoon. Unfortunately the lack of rain made the colour of the water a little bit more of a green colour, but it was still an amazing trip through the still waters and magnificent mangrove and rainforest environment, a perfect way to finish a truly wonderful day.

 

 

 

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