22 May 2014 | Aneityum, Vanuatu
Simon & Barbara
We have had a wonderful day. We rowed ashore (the wind having finally eased a bit) and went for a long walk around te coast. Beautiful beaches, lined with palm trees and amazing plants, laden with fruit - pawpaw and bananas mainly. We walked to some blowholes at the end of a beach, where two little boys were throwing things into the holes, then squealing with delight as they were flung back out again! On the way back, we started chatting to a couple of locals, Henry and Linda, who were on their way back from their garden. They told us about the plants and fish and birds that we saw and then suddenly, Henry shot up a nearby palm tree, threw down a couple of coconuts and a few minutes and some scary chopping with large bush knives(about 50 cm long and razor sharp) Linda and Henry gave us fresh coconuts to drink from. He is the preacher at the 7th Day Adventist Church and took us back to meet his 3 children. After we came back to the boat, he came out to see us..the first yacht he has ever been on! They gave us a load of fruit and more coconuts. Tomorrow, we are going to help them in their garden. It is a stunningly beautiful place and the people are so friendly. You need to visit some time.
Simon had to take the drill to the coconuts (funny!) but managed to create rum, coconut milk and lime cocktails. Om nom nom!
We plan to stay here until Friday, when we will leave very early in the morning - 5am - and sail to Tanna and the volcano.
We have not yet got a sim card, so are still reliant on the satellite. The system here is 'bugadup' as Henry told us, so it may be Tanna or Port Villa, before we get sorted!