21.04.2012 - 27.04.2012
I'm only going to do Vanuatu as one post as we spent far too long talking about Fiji and are now VERY far behind on the whole blog front.
We stayed 6 nights in Vanuatu:
- 1 in Port Vila
- 2 at Hideaway Island (Mele Bay)
- 1 on Tanna Island (Seeing the volcano)
- 2 back in Port Vila
Vanuatu lies about 600 miles west of Fiji and isn't really on the backpacker trail so not many people have heard of it.
It's a really small country so Charlie and I were both suprised at the price of things when we were there - it's more expensive than England, it's mental. Petrol for example costs the equivalent of about £1.80 a litre and a small beer will set you back £4 (a good reason to have a bit of a detox after Fiji!)
We came to Vanuatu to see Mt Yasur - the worlds most accessible active volcano, which is only so accessible because there is absolutely zero concern when it comes to health n safety (spoken like a true Brit.)
To get to the Volcano you have to get a 40min flight to Tanna island, it's a small flight, but it was long enough for Air Vanuatu to lose Charlie's bag - gutted lolz.
The place we were staying (Tanna Evergreen Lodge) were really helpful and tracked down the lost luggage for us and we'd collect it when back on the mainland.
To get to the volcano we travelled about 1hr30mins in the back of a land rover and even the journey was a bit of an adventure. We drove across rivers, ash plains, down muddy cliffs (the locals call them roads) and also through a monsoon - made slightly more 'interesting' thanks to there being no glass where the windows should be!
When we arrived it was still quite light and after a 150metre walk up some steps, we were there, staring down into a volcanic crater as it randomly launched pieces of 'liquid hot magma' (said in a Dr Evil voice) above our heads.
The only form of safety we had was an old guy sat on a rock who would occasionally mumble "watch out, watch outt" if there was a piece of lava headed our way.
On this trip I've done a bungy jump, canyon swings and swam with sharks, but I tell you, nothing comes close to how scary the volcano was. It terrifies every one of the body's senses in a unique way. It was so, SO worth it though as that night we were treated to front row seats at the best fireworks display nature has to offer!
Highs of Vanuatu:
- Trip to Volcano (potentially high of whole trip)
- Mele Cascades
- Friendly locals
- Snorkelling at Hideaway Island
- Chicken n chips dinner at seaview chicken
- Losing Charlie's luggage (we did find it again, it travelled to more islands of Vanuatu than we did!)
- Superhigh cost of living, thus eating supernoodles from a kettle for 6 days. Yum.