A bestialic beauty: Vanuatu

For everybody who does not understand the title, Vanuatu is beautiful, like a rough untempered diamond.
It is incredible.
I feel like i have been transported to jurassic park or lord of the rings. The rough beauty of this place is breath taking!
We arrived in Espiritu Santo on the 4. of november and visisted the Blue Hole, a lagoon in midst of the mangroves. The ride through the forest, i am afraid my vocabulary of complete awe is limited, was incredible. It looks so untouched, you expect dinosaurs to appear around the corner. At the blue hole, we had loads of fun with a rope swing that was connected to one of the trees from Avatar.
From E. Santo we went to see pentecost, where we anchored next to some dugongs, beautiful creatures. We had a long walk through a paradisical island, little villages, crystal clear streams, coconut trees (i just love them πŸ™‚ ) and lava rocks. (please forgive me, i just list this stuff as if it was nothing, but its just so many cool things that happen here) We picked up some hermit crabs which we raced in the evening.
After that we had a short crossing to the next island, Ambrym with two active volcanos.
We climbed one of them.
The trip that was expected t take 8h took us 12 instead…11h of straight walking. I voluteered to carry the camaera eqippment of our filmmaker…lets just say it was quite a workout πŸ™‚ but the view was unique, we saw plants which should be extinct and a vulcano, sadly it was very foggy while we were up there, so no lava, instead we had “lord of the rings”- atmosphere… but we could see the glow of the boiling rocks from our boat.
We also went to see the Custom Kastom dancing, which turned out to be a tourist trap, but who cares the dancing itself was quite cool. The dancers stomped so heavy the floor was vibrating.
Yesterday we had a short stop in a bay with fantastic coral, the most alive we have seen in a while.
It is quite scary to see all this coral dying everywhere. The whole aquatic ecosystem is based on them. Without corals there are no breeding grounds for fish, without fish there is major trouble.
It is 12o’clock, we now suffer the effects of the global warming made in the 60ies, the worst is still to come. (excuse my pessimistic worldview, i can’t help it)

But enough darkness, i got some colors for you:

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5 thoughts on “A bestialic beauty: Vanuatu

  1. Your post are leaving me with my heart racing and tears in my eyes. In a good way (Iguess) Wanting to see all this too, being scared that Charlotta might never have the chance to do so and just so wanting to travel again. I am happy for you that you are expriencing such beauty! //Anne

  2. Hi globetrotter, again you give us very vivid and beautiful impressions, even though this time with some “darkness”……in any case you should look ahead optimistically, that it will be “lighter”/ better; you and the pepful young people can help to change and to improve –
    maybe in your coming job? By the way: you are very good looking!
    Good luck further and a lot of pleasant experiences!
    What does mean “flying foxes”? (fliegende FΓΌchse????)

  3. Sorry, i forgot to give you greetings from some friends, especially – very cordialement – from Vera (mother of Johannes), Meike and Heiko (parents of peppa), Eva (Engelh.), and many other …..

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