Our flight had been scheduled to take off at 10 am, and we had been excited to wake up early and spend the morning exploring the Evergreen Resort in Tanna before heading back to Port Vila. The resort was supposed to have an awesome beach with some spectacular snorkelling that we were quite excited about checking out. However, after the volcano tour we were told that the pilot had decided that we were to leave at 8 am instead and we should be ready to head the airport at 7:45. Easy Peasy.
As a giant aside, Oneika of Oneika the Traveller fame asked in my last post about malaria. There is malaria on Tanna and some of the outer islands of Vanuatu but not on Efate (except in the swampy bits that no one goes too) where we spent the majority of our time. We had asked a travel doctor their opinion on whether we should take anti-malaria tablets or not and he had not seemed that concerned seeing as we'd only be in Tanna for one night. So Inspector Climate and I opted to use a great of precaution with long sleeves, long pants, and serious bug spray instead of taking the tablets which have a range of pretty serious side effects. I probably got 2 bug bites the whole time I was there and Inspector Climate didn't get any.
We got up had a breakfast of tropical fruit. Hello, mangoes, you are delicious. Does anyone know what that white fruit is? I was not a fan.
And so ended our whirl wind 18 hour trip to the island of Tanna and we were headed back to the capital. Inspector Climate and I, after much deliberation, decided to stay at Iririki Resort. Iririki is teeny island about a two minute ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of down town Port Vila.
This is a crazy lamp that resides in reception. Crazy - Awesome that is.
After we checked into our room, which had a balcony looking out on to this:
We took a little stroll around the island, about 15 minutes to circumnavigate, and passed the island's little beach where I finally got to say I've sunbathed in Vanuatu - life list, Check!
Lady Elliot - no, no it did not. Although we did find Nemo. Coral wasn't nearly as vibrant nor was the range of fishies nearly so diverse. However, it was still tons of fun and still quite
What I didn't realise I'd spend a lot of my doing on my honeymoon is napping. But nap I did. A lot. And so after our swim, we came back to our room and napped.
One of the coolest things about Port Vila is that any minivan with a B on the license plate is a bus that you can hail. It will take you anywhere; around the city it's a $1.50 (or 150 vatu) per person per ride. There are some drawbacks of course, they take whoever was in the bus first to their destination so you might go in the complete opposite direction of where you're heading before looping back to where you're going. I liked to think of it as a bonus tour of the city. The other thing that is nice about it is that locals use them too - so if you're not the only one in the bus you get to see where the locals go and where they live. This is always an important part of travel for me, sure I like to stay in my plush hotel room with the enormous bed and numerous pools, but I also want to see where the locals live, what they eat, and how they get to where they're going.
We'd heard that there was a good Thai restaurant in Port Vila (which is known for it's food), and Thai is a cuisine I can generally find something to eat. So we hailed a bus and asked for the Thai restaurant...be ye not so stupid. We ended up at a Thai restaurant that was completely devoid of customers besides us. The food wasn't great (but it was gluten free and fishless/meatless so I dug in). Note to self, find out names of restaurants before asking for directions.
I'd like to thank Iririki resort for giving me a discount on our deluxe pool view room because I'm a blogger. I'd recommend for all of you stay there. The staff was fantastic, helpful, and determined to make our stay as enjoyable as possible.