PORT VILA is the capital of Vanuatu and with a population of about
27,000 it is the hub of business activities and the biggest port. There
are numerous shops and restaurants and lots of grocery stores.|
We spent the day walking around the town and found an internet cafe to complete out on-line Australian Visa applications. The Market was quite amazing with the local women in their colorful Mother Hubbard dresses selling their fresh fruits and vegetables. Left is Emma at the market.
Beautiful Waterfalls and Botanical Gardens
We got together with Amazing Grace, Freefall, and Endless and took a trip to the Mele-Maat Cascades and botanical gardens. The walk through the forest was beautiful with swimming pools and mini-falls along the way. The trail actually climbed up stone steps through the water.
|Trail to Waterfall||Lots of stairs to climb||Gord & Richard in Big Bamboo||Ginny in garden setting||Kelly, Gord, Emma & Richard||Climbing up the Falls||Steps in the water||We finally arrived|
We met up with Amazing Grace, Freefall, Tigress (from Australia) and Endless for lunch at a Hamburger Joint owned by an ex-American woman. She organized a driver to take us around the island in his van.
When is an Island Tour not a Tour
Our driver turned out to be not very well informed as to the Island's points of interest. He just drove and drove without stopping to see anything. We did manage to get in some snorkeling at Eton Beach (left) and ended our day at the Vanuatan Brewery.
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