Part 10. Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo.

April 2017 – May 2017


white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Finally begins the most interesting part – our journey to Vanuatu.



I will repeat a bit and show the route one more time.

airport, domestic terminal, checkin desk,port vila,vanuatu

Ukrainians do not need a visa to enter Vanuatu, but the the migration officer went to clarify this with the authorities, since Ukraine was not in his fast-viewing. Not often our people comes here.

small plain, air vanuatu, air taxi, airtaxivanuatu,port vila,vanuatu

As it turned out it is forbidden to plant cheese in any form to Vanuatu, but it seemed to us that such a restriction appeared because the border guard was hungry, and our sandwich looked too appetizing)

airplain,airport,airvanuatu, port vila, vanuatu

Aircrafts are meet cheerful music performed by local people.

airplain,airport,airvanuatu, port vila, vanuatu

Upon arrival, it is very desirable to buy a local sim card, it is obviously useful at least to confirm the flights. Every domestic flight must be confirmed 2 days before departure. The schedule changes very often.

airport,small plain, air vanuatu, air taxi, airvanuatu,port vila,vanuatu

The first point of our trip was the largest island of Vanuatu – Espiritu Santo.

white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,bench, Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

The Republic of Vanuatu is located on 83 islands of the New Hebrides archipelago, 74 of them are inhabited.

Port Olry, road, bananas, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Port Olry, road, bananas, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Espiritu Santo was the first island that was discovered by Europeans.

white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Since 1906, Vanuatu was administered by Britain and France and was called the New Hybrids.

white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

In 1980, the country gained its independence and acquired the name of the Republic of Vanuatu.

from the air,white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Vanuatu is located in the volcano belt of the Pacific Ocean, at the junction of the Australian and Pacific lutospheric plates.

wooden bench,white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

There are often earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, though not very strong ones.

white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Because of volcanic activity, such beaches on Vanuatu are rare, more often you can find beaches of black volcanic sand.

fishing boat,white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

As in many other island countries, there are many local languages – 109.

 white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

There is also a common language – bislama. Locals say – broken English. Many words are understandable, but it is written as it is heard.

fishing boat,white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

There are 3 state languages – Bislama (Pidgin), English and French.

 white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Either English or French is taught in schools from colonial times. As a result, almost all residents of the country speak one of these languages.

fishing boat,white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Fishing is quite developed, but more for the local market, almost nothing goes for export.

white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

The tourism industry is developing very good recent years.

selfie,white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Natural Selfie stick)

coral, white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

This pleasant place is in the north of the island Espiritu Santo near the village Port Olry.

fishing boat,white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

We’ve spent a few hours near the cafe Che Louis.

white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

The food was not cheap, but tasty.

white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

It is worth mentioning the prices. Despite the low standard of living, everything here is sooo expensive.

palm,coconut,white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

90% of the products are imported and, even in the supermarket (which are only in Port Ville and Luganville) the prices are the same or higher as in Australia or New Zealand.

white beach,бирюзовая вода,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

On small islands, the range of products in stores is very meager, and the prices are even higher.

white beach,coral,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
fishing boat,white beach,coral,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
The local population is trying to leave in style of subsistence farming.

white beach,coral,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Before Christmas, representatives of wealthy families are travelling to the Efate island to the capital Port Vila for shopping.

tree house,white beach,coral,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

The prices are so different that the ticket for a plane pays off.

dead tree,white beach,coral,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
palm tree,white beach,coral,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Among the tourists the most visited islands are Tanna, Espiritu Santo and Efate.

white beach,coral,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

I can not say that Efate is very interesting island, but most of the flights are via Port Vila airport and it can not be avoided.

white beach,coral,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Island Espiritu Santo (and sometimes Efate) is often visited by cruise ships bringing crowds of tourists to the island.

white beach,coral,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
palm tree,white beach,coral,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
One of the famous beaches of Espiritu Santo – Champagne Beach.

white beach,coral,resort,Port Olry, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

There bulbs of carbon dioxide are constantly rising to the surface from under the sand, similar to champagne bulbs.

white beach,coral,resort,Lonnoc beach, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

But our nasty taxi driver did not want to take us there, he told us a million tales about the local skirmishes there and that it is dangerous there( he brought us to his friend on Lonnoc beach, hoped that we will buy something.

Nanda Blue Hole, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Nanda Blue Hole. In addition to the pleasant beaches, Espiritu Santo is known for its blue holes.

fish,Nanda Blue Hole, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

These are huge sources of fresh water.

Nanda Blue Hole, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

It is advisable to come early in the morning, when the tourists have not yet stirred up the water.

fish,Nanda Blue Hole, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

The water is very clean and blue.

Nanda Blue Hole, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

For the entrance, as everywhere in Vanuatu, you need to pay – 1000vuv pro person.

red flowers ,Nanda Blue Hole, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

We stopped at Riri Blue Hole, paid 500vuv, but did not even made a photo.

 coconut plantations,from the air, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

A few weeks before our arrival here there was a strong storm – a lot of fallen trees and these holes are not so clean as usual(

  coconut plantations,from the air,Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

The main export is agricultural products.

 coconut plantations,from the air, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Actively exported palm oil, copra cocoa and beef.

 coconut plantations,from the air, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Recent years, the demand for coca has increased – a local drug that many countries equate to alcoholic beverages.

 coconut plantations,from the air, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

There are a lot of Coconut plantations, they were seen also on other islands.

 coconut plantations,from the air, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Just right on the plantations are often found ovens for drying coconuts.

 coconut plantations,from the air, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

In total the country has only about 1000 km of roads, and only 256 of them with a firm covering.

 coconut plantations,from the air, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

This road was built thanks to financial and technical support from the United States.

coconut plantations, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

As a rule, next to the all asphalted or concrete roads is a sign pointing to who built this road for the inhabitants of Vanuatu.

pineaple, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
pineaple plantation, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Pineapple plantations.

road,coconut plantations, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

After the UN studies, Vanuatu was named as the country with the happiest people in the world.

spider, net, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu





And some general and information:

Accommodation:
In Vanuatu, we did not lived much in hotels. Our hotel is our tent). But even for this it is necessary to pay((( Here we paid 2000vuv for 2 nights at Millions Dollars Point for tent, I think if our taxi driver was not nearby, we would live there for free … Here there is a toilet and a shower. And soon should be a restaurant.
Moving:
Taxi for the whole was 10000vuv. But the taxi driver pretty much shook our nerves, maybe it was worth renting a car, though this could not be done at the airport. Constantly he was coming up with some excuses why it is not possible to go where we want. Despite the agreement for the whole day, he started whining after 3, and at 4.30 said that this is the last point and he will not go anywhere else…

Food:
We bought a bunch of bananas for 50vuv, though our driver tried to translate fifty from bislama as 100 … But since it sounds the same as in English, so we did not have to pay more then enough. We did not relly liked him from the beginning, and after this incident, it’s probably the worst person in Vanuatu with whom we had to face.
In the cafe Che Louis on the beach of Port Olry ordered one meal of shrimps, juice and beer – it was 3150vuv. It was good enough.
In the evening, walk from the Millions Dollars Point to the market – about 4 km in the direction of Luganville. There prices were very good, the saleswomen were insanely pleasant and even sold us one coconut, though everywhere they are sold only by 4. We tried to pay for 4, taking only one, but we were still persistently handed over the change. In total, we spent at the market 350vuv.

Entertainment:
For the entrance to the Nanda Blue Hole paid 1000vuv c per person.
For the entrance to the Riri Blue Hole, they paid 500vuv per person.

The Trip.
Part 2. Qatar.
Part 2. The Hobbiton.
Part 3. The Coast of the northern island.
Part 4. Moeraki boulders, Taiaroa Head and Nugget Point.
Part 5. Fjordland.
Part 6. Quinstown.
Part 7. Mount Cook.
Part 8. West coast.
Part 9. Sea life.
Part 10. Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo.
Part 11. Million Dollar Point and SS President Coolidge.

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