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Kym and Paul's vanuatu holiday

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Kym and Paul's vanuatu holiday

Firstly I would like to say thanks to all for the information provided on this TA site that helped us plan our holiday. I would like to return the favour for others planning to visit this amazing country. So our holiday summarized below.

We went for three weeks, and spent our time on efate, lelepa island and Tanna island. We wanted to spend time in the local villages and learning about the culture.

Our first week on efate. Our plane arrived at 12.30am and we were transferred by melanesian tours to travellers budget motel and greeted by janelle, despite the time..many thanks for that. The first day we spent walking around port Vila, the shopping area, the market place, then up to the cultural centre, which although pricey provided a good intro to the country. We then walked around the streets past the parliament building, the hospital, the gaol, government offices, more traditional villages, alongside resorts around the second lagoon. We had many discussions with people along the way about their various life stories.

Second day off to mele village. The bus dropped us off at the intersection and we walked through the village, the largest in Vanuatu. Children greeted us and brought us flowers and walked around the village with us. We found the bakery and bought some delicious bread for 100 vt. Said goodbye to the village and found the Beach Bar on mele bay for lunch enjoying the view and the conversations with the staff working there. We then visited the mele cascades, a lovely place and beautiful waterfall at the top part of the walk.

Third day, off to lelepa island to stay for a couple of nights. The first stop on the island was the snorkeling beach area. We were surprised to find hammocks, sun lounges and even toilets and change rooms. The snorkeling was fantastic, particularly what was called the second snorkeling spot. The fish and the corals were amazing. The next day we walked around the island to the beach, did some more snorkeling, then learnt how to make taro lap lap...this process took us about 3 to 4 hours and was delicious. We also spent time talking to the local villagers, going to the nekamel to try kava. Last day on lelepa we had the pleasure of being guided around the island by two young boys who told us so much about thir way of life, even going swimming with dolphins and dugongs. We also visited a very large cave that had been used for different purposes through the years.

Back to port Vila. The next day was independence day, so we went off to independence park to see the Celebrations....so many people were there, with stalls selling cakes, lap lap, ice creams. The speeches were very long...so after being there for a while we headed off to the craft markets in Vila. At the market there was another independence day celebration underway by the women stall holders, this was much more low key. Some women made speeches about what independence meant to them, then they sang some songs, and shared a cake and cordial..we thought this had more 'heart' than the larger celebration we had seen earlier.

The next day we flew off to Tanna on a 7am flight...will tell more later..

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21. Re: Kym and Paul's vanuatu holiday

Fantastic report Kym! You have summed up all the things we love about Vanuatu!

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22. Re: Kym and Paul's vanuatu holiday

Dear life traveller,

pls do write a report. It really is an amazing country and it is very interesting to read about people's travel experiences there. Also helps in thinking about the next holiday. Lol

Regards

Kym

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23. Re: Kym and Paul's vanuatu holiday

I will be writing a trip report, have been writing reviews first, hopefully tomorrow I'll have more time.

Thankyou for sharing all your wonderful information, Kym

LTB

Edited: 5:37 am, August 21, 2012
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24. Re: Kym and Paul's vanuatu holiday

Amazing trip report, amazing information....and what an amazing holiday you have had. You are certainly thoughtful travellers.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Kerry

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25. Re: Kym and Paul's vanuatu holiday

Thanks for your comments. We just wanted to give something back to the many others who so generously gave us info when we were planning our trip and using ta as our main source of info.

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26. Re: Kym and Paul's vanuatu holiday

I am going to Vanuatu in March and am afraid of rats......do they bite humans?

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27. Re: Kym and Paul's vanuatu holiday

Hi we did not have any problems. It is about being careful with your food and other things that may be appealing to a rat. We tied all of our food in plastic bags and suspended them from the rafters of the roof/ceiling. Good luck. And enjoy. It is all part of the experience.

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28. Re: Kym and Paul's vanuatu holiday

Haha no they do not bite humans! They are fruit rats, only interested in fruit and various human snack food, not nibbling toes. It depends where you stay, kafsdonovan, but you might not even come across one the whole time you are there.

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