Luganville The main town on Espiritu Santo is Luganville. In fact, it’s the second largest city in all of Vanuatu with just over 16,000 people. It has a physician working there full time, grocery stores, ferries to other islands, a large hardware store and anything else you may want (within reason, this is still a small island in a developing nation). But there are restaurants and hotels and it even boasts an international airport. A paved road up the island was made in 2010 and is frequently traveled. If you’re fortunate enough to find someone driving north bound, the going rate seems to be … [Read more...]
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Northern Region Bay of Island boat tour Captain Cook bay has a great hike up to an overlook point with views in all directions. This was reportedly the first place Captain Cook made landfall in New Zealand. There are known regions where dolphins often play and gorgeous islands, bays, and incredible hiking up and around rolling green hills. You can’t go wrong, your captain will have lots of ideas for you. Wangamumu If you love history, a stop over in Wangamumu is a perfect blend of nature and history. This used to be a major whaling station and much of the equipment and operations … [Read more...]
We had the most adventurous day!! In lieu of a birthday dinner, we decided we’d rather spend the money on gas to go see the infamous tikis on Hiva Oa. Sounds like a more memorable “present,” right?? They sell all day tours to the tikis for about $50 per person, plus you have to buy a $25 lunch. Since we carry a 100 horsepower motorcycle on our catamaran, we figured we could do it ourselves. What could go wrong?? Hiva Oa is the second largest of the Marquesas Islands, which is a French territory in the South Pacific. 'Large' means 320 square kilometres (124 square miles), so it's not … [Read more...]
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American families!! With Black Friday coming up and people out shopping for kids and the holidays, it's very useful to give them guidance when it comes to families who are trying to live intentionally and more through experiences than through quantities of stuff. When you're on the go and living out of a suitcase or backpack, it's hard to manage more toys, more books, and more games to bring along. Yet your loved ones want to show support, connection, and love. Gifts are a culturally normal way to reach out to people to show thoughtfulness and love. So … [Read more...]
It has been an amazing week of provisioning. I'm feeling ready to go the better part of a year without seeing a grocery store. Hopefully we've stocked up on some good trade items and are ready to both supply local villages with much needed items as well as resupply ourselves with fresh fruits and veggies. Leaving Port Vila in the morning!! … [Read more...]
This sweet little island reserve that lies between LaPaz and Puerto Vallarta as you sail across the Sea of Cortez, Mexico is a reserve for birds, both boobies and frigates, to lay their eggs and raise their young. Research is also conducted here. It used to have a small fishing village and Tiburone Bay is named because sharks would come eat the chum the fishermen threw out as they washed their day’s hauling. Very occasional boats visit this special island and we had only one other boat come during our stay. The island is a volcanic desert with a harsh … [Read more...]
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On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 8:24 PM, Shannon Grant wrote: > > ---------- Forwarded message ---------- > From: Shannon Grant > Date: Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 7:57 PM > Subject: Fwd: new position > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > > > We are motoring to the Blue Lagoon, Fiji. Nice rain last night to refill > our drum and wash our decks. Great night dive with the kids at Manta > Resort. Last few days with good friends on Miss Goodnight. Checking our > satellite positions mapping feature as we prepare for Vanuatu! > > > > … [Read more...]
Panama is full of interesting places. On the island of San Telmo in the Perlas Island group there is a fascinating piece of history worth exploring. We had read in a guide book about this submarine that had been abandoned near shore at one of the anchorages and figured, hey, why not go check that out. It was presumed a WWII relic. Now I will admit that in school history was probably my least favorite subject. Memorizing names and dates and battles that were really unrelated to my current life, location, and oh so long ago simply seemed like a waste. I think the problem I had was relevance. … [Read more...]