Panormitis happenings

24 May 2016 | Rodds Bay
24 December 2015
06 November 2015 | Bustard bay
04 November 2015 | Port Bundaberg Marina
27 October 2015 | Port Bundaberg
17 October 2015 | Mele Maat
04 October 2015 | Village of Mele
27 September 2015 | Port Vila
27 September 2015 | Mololo LaiLai
10 September 2015 | Vuda Marina
02 September 2015 | Lautoka
31 August 2015 | Lautoka Fiji
24 August 2015 | Nieafu Tonga
24 August 2015 | Aloft Niue
24 August 2015 | Beveridge Reef
24 August 2015 | Palmerston Island
24 August 2015 | Maupihaa
23 August 2015 | Raiatea
22 August 2015 | Moorea
21 August 2015 | Baie D'Opunohu

Life in Vanuatu

04 October 2015 | Village of Mele
Life in Vanuatu
We have been here a week now waiting for the school project to begin. We decided to take in a Melanesian dinner and show. We were approached by Bob in the markets doing the spiel for the show, winning us when he said the money stayed in the village. We paid a deposit and after I had serious thoughts about whether it was legit. Anyway we fronted to the post office for the transport pick up and found ourselves in a beat up " bus" the seats of which have a serious upholstery problem in company with 6 other starters. The venue was at the Secret Gardens not far from where the school project is. It was getting dark so we had little time to explore the gardens. This place is full of the history of Vanuatu, told in pictures and stories of myths and culture, set in the gardens and authentic buildings. Definitely not enough time to take to all in. Time for the entertainment. If you wanted a glitzy choreographed show this wasn't it. It was a real down to earth cultural show. Their "dancing" was like our indigenous corroboree. Facial markings similar too. It was an honest, sincere show by locals proud of their history. Then the " feast". I was disappointed that it was only the vegetables cooked in the ground, but the that was the same in Fiji. We were invited to return in the daytime free of charge to further explore the gardens. There is a lot of work being done both in building replacements and plantings in the damaged gardens. These people are all doing it tough after cyclone Pam and they need all the support they can get. Top marks for getting together an attraction to become self sufficient. We had an extra 4 passengers for our return trip so the " bus" was a bit squeezy.
Vessel Name: Panormitis
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 410S2
Hailing Port: Gladstone Australia
Crew: Gary and Del Whitmore
About: Gary has salt water in his veins and needs to be near or on the water. Del is his wife and his sailing partner.
Extra: We learned to sail together back in 1977 and have enjoyed a variety of yachts since then. We have previously purchased a monohull in Croatia and took 18months to sail it back to Australia. Now we are doing the trip again this time with a catamaran.
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Who: Gary and Del Whitmore
Port: Gladstone Australia