Tanna - Volcano
23 May 2014 | Tanna - Vanuatu
We had a great day yesterday with Linda and Henry, a couple we met the day before. We "helped" plant cabbage in their garden and then went for, what I can only describe as a culinary walk. Every so often, Henry would chop something down, dig something up or chuck something into a tree to get fruit to drop and we ate our way along a 2 hr walk.We ate sugar beet, some kind of nut, more coconuts and bananas, fresh coffee beans and a few things which we had to discretely "drop" or spit out! . However, we are now the fruit boat, with pawpaw, lemons, papaya, coconuts and bananas. Everyone wants to give you something!
Today, we had a cracking sail to the island of Tanna, which has an active volcano on it. It felt odd sailing towards an island with smoke billowing from one of its lower peaks. We hope to go an see it up close tomorrow. Many of the boats we saw in Opua, then Aneityum are here too! It's nice to get a warm welcome when you arrive!
The anchorage is sheltered from the wind, but is a bit rolly...the entrance to the bay is quite exciting as you head up a lee shore, with 2-3m swell breaking on coral reefs, then gybe and head back in, among 12 or so other yachts! Also our chart plotter has us firmly anchored in the middle of a headland! However we are safely anchored in 3m of water on a volcanic mud bottom.Tomorrow we will go and explore ashore, where there is apparently a restaurant and good snorkeling in a marine reserve. There is also supposed to be a Dugong here, which chases males and gets amorous with females..not sure I really fancy that!