Pentecost is known for the land divers but it was the wrong time of year to see these.
Since we needed to get to Luganville to renew our Visas, our stopover at Pentecost Island was a quick one. We were the only ones there, anchored at Waterfall Bay, a pretty setting bordered by a white stone beach and, as the name implies, a nice waterfall. No sooner had we got our hook down when we heard people on shore shouting to get our attention to wave and say hello!
But the highlight of this anchorage was our experience with the Dugong.
Soon after we arrived, we caught sight of a dugong surfacing close to
the boat and I quickly adorned my wetsuit and snorkel and jumped in the
water. I think he must have been just as curious because the dugong was
swimming right underneath me within a matter of minutes. I was delighted
and he let me slowly swim with him for quite a while. By the time Gord
got into the water he had moseyed off and I lost sight of him. We swam
back to the boat and it was not long before he surfaced again, this time
Gord jumped in and was swimming with the dugong also.
We decided to go to shore, where we were met by some kids that only spoke French. So back to the land of French. I never did get it down pat in French Polynesia so now here's another chance. Some men were lazing on the beach and we stopped to chat with them. It was soon evident that they did not understand a word we were saying so we politely moved along.
A Large following to the Waterfall
Some boys were resting their packhorse on the road and we asked them if it was alright to visit the waterfall. So they left their horse and showed us the way through the coconut grove, followed by many villagers and a horde of kids. We all paraded along the path and eventually came to a pretty waterfall but I wasn't keen on taking a dip with all the spectators! The local boys had a swim before we headed back.
We then walked along the road through a village comprising of houses
made of concrete and corrugated tin, again very different from the
primitive villages only 20 miles away in Ambrym. A man waved us down and
introduced himself as the head of the Mission Secondary School that was
located at the other end of the village. He was friendly enough until he
told us that if we wanted to see the waterfall, we needed to give him
$500 vatu each! He said pay him and then go and find someone to show you
the way! Nice try. We walked back to the boat and spent the remainder of
the day watching the dugong where no one would try to charge us!|
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PHOTOS OF VANUATU
We left at sunrise and headed to Luganville to take care of our Visa renewals.
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