Saturday, December 01, 2007

Bridge of Islands

From Port Vila Today

Other City bridges here:
Boston (MA), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Stayton (OR), USA - New York City (NY), USA - Portland (OR), USA - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Inverness (IL), USA - Singapore, Singapore - Stockholm, Sweden - Setúbal, Portugal - Brussels, Belgium - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Seattle (WA), USA - Hyde, UK - Manila, Philippines - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - London, England - Austin (TX), USA - Toulouse, France - Weston (FL), USA - Sesimbra, Portugal - Selma (AL), USA - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Saarbrücken, Germany - Cleveland (OH), USA - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - American Fork (UT), USA - Seoul, South Korea - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - North Bay (ON), Canada - Arradon, France - Paderborn, Germany - Durban, South Africa - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Cypress (TX), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Prague, Czech Republic - Portland (OR), USA - Greenville (SC), USA - Boston (MA), USA - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Wichita (Ks), USA - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Petaling Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Grenoble, France - New York City (NY), USA - Nottingham, UK - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Arlington (VA), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Miami (FL), USA - Cheltenham, UK - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Saratoga Spgs. (NY), USA - Las Vegas (NV), USA - Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Nashville (TN), USA - Toruń, Poland - New Orleans (LA), USA - Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Melbourne, Australia - Moscow, Russia - Trujillo, Peru - Château-Gontier, France - Quincy (MA), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Joplin (MO), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Brookville (OH), USA - Chateaubriant, France - Chandler (AZ), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Baziège, France - Auckland, New Zealand - Wellington, New Zealand - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Subang Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Detroit (MI), USA - Riga, Latvia - Nelson, New Zealand - Budapest, Hungary - Cape Town, South Africa - Sydney, Australia - Dunedin (FL), USA - Sofia, Bulgaria - Radonvilliers, France - Turin, Italy - Montpellier, France - Kansas City (MO), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Haninge, Sweden - Wailea (HI), USA - Lubbock (TX), USA - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Terrell (TX), USA - Mexico City, Mexico - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Budapest, Hungary - Montréal (QC), Canada - Sharon (CT), USA - Le Guilvinec, France - Jefferson City (MO), USA - Saigon, Vietnam - London, UK - Crepy-en-Valois, France - Orlando (FL), USA - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Paris, France - Mainz, Germany - Newcastle (NSW), Australia - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Darmstadt, Germany - Naples (FL), USA - Torino, Italy - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Bogor, Indonesia - The Hague, Netherlands

Monday, November 19, 2007

Dawn at Dawn

The Pacific Dawn cruises into the harbour on one of its firsts visits to Pt Vila. (Photo courtesy of Mark Rillatt)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Blue Hole

Kids back on holidays enjoying the fresh water of this Blue Hole near Eton.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007


This shot taken of the same 3 master as the sun sets over Port Vila harbour - it doesn't get any better than this! Photo courtesy of Mark Rillett

Monday, November 05, 2007


A stunning three master that has been in the harbour for a few days now.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Saturday Morning

This was the view on Saturday morning from Ivan's #1 Cafe on the waterfront - right next door to where the famous Rossi Restaurant used to be.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Blue sail

From Port Vila Today

Other "Blues" here:
Boston (MA), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Arlington (VA), USA - Cape Town, South Africa - Portland (OR), USA - Sequim (WA), USA - Selma (AL), USA - Arradon, France - Petaling Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Stockholm, Sweden - Singapore, Singapore - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Seattle (WA), USA - Toulouse, France - The Hague, Netherlands - Moscow, Russia - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Stayton (OR), USA - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Detroit (MI), USA - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Nelson, New Zealand - Bandung (West Java), Indonesia - Greenville (SC), USA - Hyde, UK - Radonvilliers, France - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Nashville (TN), USA - Manila, Philippines - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Saarbrücken, Germany - New Orleans (LA), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Forks (WA), USA - Wichita (Ks), USA - Barton (VT), USA - St. Louis (MO), USA - Joplin (MO), USA - Chandler (AZ), USA - Quincy (MA), USA - Setúbal, Portugal - Inverness (IL), USA - Christchurch, New Zealand - Toruń, Poland - North Bay (ON), Canada - Le Guilvinec, France - Chateaubriant, France - London, England - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Naples (FL), USA - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - Sydney, Australia - Austin (TX), USA - Mumbai, India - Boston (MA), USA - Santa Fe (NM), USA - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Paderborn, Germany - Montréal (QC), Canada - Jackson (MS), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Orlando (FL), USA - Grenoble, France - Cheltenham, UK - Forks (WA), USA - Mexico City, Mexico - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Weston (FL), USA - London, UK - Jefferson City (MO), USA - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Belgrade, Serbia - Paris, France - Shanghai, China - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Montpellier, France - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Wailea (HI), USA - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Auckland, New Zealand - Evry, France - New York City (NY), USA - Nottingham, UK - Las Vegas (NV), USA - Oslo, Norway - Minneapolis (MN), USA - American Fork (UT), USA - Cypress (TX), USA - Haninge, Sweden - Trujillo, Peru - Trujillo, Peru - Melbourne (VIC), Australia - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Durban, South Africa - Brussels, Belgium - Anderson (SC), USA - Budapest, Hungary - Wellington, New Zealand - Prague, Czech Republic - Saigon, Vietnam - Ystad, Sweden - Miami (FL), USA - Seoul, South Korea - Hong Kong, China - Melbourne, Australia

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Eratap Island

Sunday picnic

From Port Vila Today

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Where there's a will there's a way!

With a low tide happening just off Eratap Island the only option to get the boat off this stunning island was to get out and pull! Luckily the water was beautiful and the sun shinning.

Friday, October 26, 2007


This trigger fish was removed from a 42kg Dog Tooth Tuna, you can see how fish eat their prey whole and how the skin has already been digested!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Heading out!

Heading out through the Lelepa-Moso gap on our way to Monumont Rock - what a perfect day!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Friday, October 19, 2007

Let me at'em

A Halco popper just waiting to be cast off Monumont Rock! (Photo courtesy of Sam Vale)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Dog v's Dog

A 42 kg Dog Tooth Tuna caught at Monumont Rock on Friday by Sid on "Blue Dog", skippered by the legendary Russ Housby!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Mele village cemetery

From Port Vila Today
See more City cemeterys here:St. Louis (MO), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - New York City (NY), USA - Boston (MA), USA - Mainz, Germany - Hyde, UK - Arlington (VA), USA - Cape Town, South Africa - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Toulouse, France - Arradon, France - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Ampang (Selangor), Malaysia - Joplin (MO), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Mexico (DF), Mexico - Seattle (WA), USA - Baziège, France - Baltimore (MD), USA - Chandler (AZ), USA - Sequim (WA), USA - Stayton (OR), USA - Stockholm, Sweden - Austin (TX), USA - Singapore, Singapore - Anderson (SC), USA - Orlando (FL), USA - Greenville (SC), USA - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Nashville (TN), USA - Tenerife, Spain - Manila, Philippines - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Jacksonville (FL), USA - River Falls (WI), USA - Chateaubriant, France - Quincy (MA), USA - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - Inverness (IL), usa - Lubbock (TX), USA - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Moscow, Russia - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - Crepy-en-Valois, France - Minneapolis (MN), USA - New Orleans (LA), USA - Montréal (QC), Canada - West Sacramento (CA), USA - Toruń, Poland - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Christchurch, New Zealand - London, England - Paderborn, Germany - The Hague, Netherlands - Selma (AL), USA - Sunderland, UK - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Stavanger, Norway - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - Weston (FL), USA - Portland (OR), USA - Forks (WA), USA - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Boston (MA), USA - Sydney, Australia - Wellington, New Zealand - Montpellier, France - Jackson (MS), USA - Wailea (HI), USA - Petaling Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Evry, France - Saarbrücken, Germany - New York City (NY), USA - Santa Fe (NM), USA - North Bay (ON), Canada - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Cypress (TX), USA - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Paris, France - San Diego (CA), USA - Wichita (Ks), USA - Haninge, Sweden - Prague, Czech Republic - Zurich, Switzerland - Budapest, Hungary - Paris, France - Saigon, Vietnam - Grenoble, France - Zurich, Switzerland

Friday, September 28, 2007

What was the name of that place again!

Having been hustled and bustled around Port Vila and surrounds on shopping trips and tours for 12 hours, the passengers are now on the back deck with a beer and a champagne saying goodbye to the lights of Port Vila, and musing to each other - what was the name of that place again!?
(Photo courtesy of Glen Craig)

Thursday, September 20, 2007


Simon the helicopter pilot was last seen paddling from Renatpoa Inlet toward his homeland of New Zealand - he must be missing his pet sheep. (Photo courtesy of Glen Craig)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Heading off to catch some dinner

One of the locals borrow Greg's custom built outrigger canoe to get some dinner from the fringing reef. You can tell it is custom built for "the white man" as it has 3 outrigger supports instead of 2 - thus making it stronger but severely limiting the ability to stroke on the right hand side. (Photo courtesy of Glen Craig)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Fresh oysters served up at - where else - Oyster Island, Espiritu Santo. (Photo courtesy of Glen Craig)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Blue Hole

One of a number of blue holes in Santo, this one just outside Luganville. These are fed from underground water sources and filtered through coral - making the resulting water crystal clear (and cold).

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

No kidding!

An inter-island package sitting on the counter at the domestic airport waiting to be picked up. Scenes like this one are amazingly common with lots of livestock carried onto the Twin Otter aircraft! Not sure if the chicken knew the comedy of the situation - possibly had other more serious things to think about!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Tanna House

A very neat example of the local housing on the island of Tanna.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Catching lunch!

Fishing off the wharf at Pelekula, some local boys are catching sardines to be used as live bait for the Trevally that hang just within casting distance.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time the Chinese invested in a fish processing factory at Pelekula, Espirito Santo, now all that remains is a crumbling wharf and the odd wreck. Nevetheless it is a beautiful place to visit.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Port Resolution

Port Resolution on the island of Tanna - a popular stop off point for traveling yachies.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Natangora Thatching

A fantastic example of traditional roofing using Natangora palm thatching from Epi. This one is at Breakas Resort at Pango.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Street lights & signs

From Port Vila Today
See other Cities on this theme: Seattle (WA), USA - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Singapore, Singapore - Boston (MA), USA - Mexico (DF), Mexico - Kajang (Selangor), Malaysia - Mainz, Germany - Evry, France - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Sequim (WA), USA - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Nottingham, UK - Toulouse, France - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Manila, Philippines - Mumbai, India - Montpellier, France - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Stayton (OR), USA - Moscow, Russia - Paris, France - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Austin (TX), USA - Lyon, France - Stockholm, Sweden - Hyde, UK - Hong Kong, China - Joplin (MO), USA - Seoul, South Korea - Chandler (AZ), USA - St. Louis (MO), USA - Arlington (VA), USA - Anderson (SC), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Villigen, Switzerland - Sydney, Australia - Ampang (Selangor), Malaysia - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - San Diego (CA), USA - Bandung (West Java), Indonesia - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Nelson, New Zealand - Quincy (MA), USA - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Bend (OR), USA - Wellington, New Zealand - New Orleans (LA), USA - Cypress (TX), USA - Nashville (TN), USA - Bucaramanga (Santander), Colombia - Detroit (MI), USA - Saigon, Vietnam - Selma (AL), USA - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Miami (FL), USA - Arradon, France - Sheki, Azerbaijan - New York City (NY), USA - Inverness (IL), usa - North Bay (ON), Canada - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Tenerife, Spain - Auckland, New Zealand - Forks (WA), USA - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Chateaubriant, France - Madison (WI), USA - Wailea (HI), USA - Orlando (FL), USA - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Ajaccio, France - Baltimore (MD), USA - Crepy-en-Valois, France - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Budapest, Hungary - Lyon, France - Saarbrücken, Germany - Adelaide (SA), Australia - Le Guilvinec, France - River Falls (WI), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Naples (FL), USA - London, UK - La Antigua, Guatemala - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Montréal (QC), Canada - Paris, France - San Diego (CA), USA - Trujillo, Peru - Haninge, Sweden - Prague, Czech Republic - Oslo, Norway - Grenoble, France - Shanghai, China - Toronto (ON), Canada - Durban, South Africa - Zurich, Switzerland - Cape Town, South Africa - Singapore, Singapore

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hanging out

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Liquid Gold

In the late afternoon glow of Pt Vila harbour, a skier waits to be picked up, enjoying the warm Tokay like water while wondering where Jaws is tonight!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Dolphin's View

The bow of the Tukoro as seen by the two pods of dolphins that watched the action - well maybe!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Man stack!

Four men working on the new tower at Joint Court - not sure what it is for yet - could it be to search for intelligent life - good luck!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Deep and dark

Looking down into eerie depths of 650 metres of ocean while retrieving the FAD!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Raising the Moso FAD

This Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) was deployed approximately 18 months ago by the Port Vila Game Fishing Club off the coast of Moso in 650 metres of water, anchored to the bottom with 2 concrete blocks, each weighing 450 kg. While the FAD did attract fish, it was not as effective as predicted, most likely because it was placed too close to the coast and out of the major current.

It was decided by the club to retrieve the FAD, refurbish it, and re-deploy it a further 3 nautical miles out to sea. This was an excellent opportunity to study the wear and tear on the components as research for future FADS.

Friday, August 17, 2007

RVS Tukoro

The RVS Tukoro waits patiently in Havannah Harbour for boarding of the FAD (Fish Aggregating Device) retrieval team - see tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sunset Ski

Enjoying a late ski in the Port Vila harbour

Monday, August 13, 2007

Mr Beer

Long time resident and boss of the amber fluid factory, Murray is seen at the race day enjoying some of his produce!

Remote village

From Port Vila Today

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Friday, August 03, 2007


Human bones found buried under a tree at Narpow Point.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

More rain

While nearby Australia suffers bad drought and severe water restrictions, Vanuatu continues to have a very wet winter, with a recent downpour of 5 inches in one night.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

High And Dry!

A small tinnie above the beach on Mele bay. When the tides are right and the Manguru are around, the boys from Mele will set their nets and hope for a big catch. Manguru is a small fish which can be eaten or is an excellent bait.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Good weather at last!

A beautiful glassy morning on the second lagoon - welcoming in 2007 Independence Day.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

US Visit

A C17 from the McChord Air Force Base in Washington State visits Pt Vila as part of a humanitarian assistance programme throughout Asia and the Pacific.