Part 15. Crater Benbow of volcano Ambrym.

April 2017 – May 2017


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There are two active craters with bowling lava lakes of the volcano Ambrim – Marum and Benbow. In the crater Benbow you can go down a little closer to the boiling lake. And after the exhausting tracking to the lava lakes, it is very cool to bask in hot springs under the stars of the southern hemisphere.



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From the western camp to the crater of Benbow the trail again goes along the lava fields.

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The weather waas not really good.

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The volcano was in the clouds.

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Going up without heat was easy and pleasant.

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To the Benbow crater we went with the French guys and their guide.

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Rising to the crater, we slowly entered the cloud.

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The fog was strong enough and visibility was poor.

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Slowly the rain began to drizzle.

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At the edge of the crater was cold and wet.

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It was possible to see only a fog.

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The guide offered to sit and wait a bit, but we did not really understand what we could expect – the weather was not planning to become better.

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After waiting for half an hour without any visible results, the guide led us along the path down closer to the crater lake.

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At the beginning, the path is very very steep and free-flowing, but afterwards it is smoothing a bit.

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The descended was long enough, but it was worth it!

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Visibility was not really good, but the lake was visible and it was much closer than we saw in the crater Marum.

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At the edge of the crater was still foggy.

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You can watch endlessly at the boiling lava lake.

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On the rising back to the crater edge we were covered with clouds of volcanic gas.

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This is not the best thing to breathe, so we put on respirators.

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They are not specialized for hiking, but manage the task perfectly.

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In a respirator, it’s more difficult to breathe, and when you walk pretty steeply upwards it’s really hard.

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The face sweats, but the smell of gas is not felt at all.

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This is the case when it was justified to go with a guide. I do not think that we would start to descend with such bad weather.

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We descended to the west side to the village of Lalinda. The descent is long and not interesting.

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Further on the plan we had hot springs near the airport Craig Cove.

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We drove to the place on the track, the price of 5000vuv divided in half with the French guys.

Terter Hot Spring Bungalows,hotel,Ambrym, Vanuatu

Hot springs are located at Terter Hot Spring Bungalows. The entrance to the springs costs 1500vuv per person. The French decided to live there, the price of the house was 5250uvu. We decided to live in a tent on the flat grass of the landing strip of airport. Then, right in the presence of the French, we were offered a price of 3000 per house. As a result, we lived in a best bungalow right next to the hot springs with breakfast at the price of the entrance to the springs.

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Hot springs are located right in the ocean and therefore you can feel all the charm only at low tide.

Terter Hot Spring Bungalows,hotel,Ambrym, Vanuatu



Terter Hot Spring Bungalows,hotel,Ambrym, Vanuatu

While the hot springs water diluted with the cold ocean water too much, you can buy cold drinks in the village shop and dine on local dishes at the hotel.

Terter Hot Spring Bungalows,hotel, hot springs, ocean,Ambrym, Vanuatu

With darkness, the water goes away, the ocean water less and less poured into the pools laid out from the stones, it became warmer, the surrounding air was getting colder and more and more stars were showing up in the sky. Do you know any constellations of the southern hemisphere other than the southern cross? I advise you to download a map of the starry sky – this is a very cool place to observe stars.

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Next day in the afternoon, was also a low tide and it was possible to swim in warm natural pools, but it’s not very cool as it was a hot day under the sun.

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The next flight was postponed and we had several hours at Craig Cove Airport.

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In the baggage often fly chickens, watermelons and other strange things.

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Often baggage flies by itself, for example like this chicken, for which prudently was made a hole in the box.

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Check in desc. People to the airport only comming when the plane is arriving. On this day there were two of them.

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I’m still impressed by the airports with the unpaved runway.

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from the air,Craig Cove,airport,Ambrym, Vanuatu

Hotel:
Terter Hot Spring Bungalows – 3000vuv including the entrance to the hot springs and breakfast. Though only the entrance to hot springs should cost 1,500 per person).
Moving:
Track from Lalinda to the Craig Cove – 5000vuv (divided in half with the French guys).
Have paid the guide 4000vuv. He did not ask for money, but he was a very good guide.

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,crater,volcano,Ambrym,.
Part 11. Million Dollar Point and SS President Coolidge.
Part 12. About airplanes.
Part 13. Rom dances at North Ambrym.
Part 14. Crater Marum of Ambrym volcano.
Part 15. Crater Benbow of volcano Ambrym.

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