Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Day at The Port Vila Races

I managed to get the 737 coming in to land on race day. The biggest event in Vanuatu of the year held every year in July and usually attracting crowds of up to 10,000 people.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

He's Green

Found this little fella in the corner of the fare this morning.....

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sebastian, meet Jimmy...

Too be a bit different here is a shot starring Sebastian ( one of my twins) meeting the husband of my nanny for the first time. They had a ball.....

Monday, August 17, 2009

Kayak and a Fish

Two paddling with one lad out the back fishing, what a life! Off the Efate Coast in one of the best fishing spots around

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Arriving for lunch in style

Lunch at Kakula Island today, what a magic spot combined with the best way to arrive....

Friday, May 22, 2009


The Departure gate at Bauerfield International Airfield in Port Vila

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


A bungalow at the Port Resolution Yacht Club, simple but an oh so pretty location....

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Turtles Hatched!

These little fellas hatched right on our beach at home, about 150 of them.....

Monday, April 13, 2009

Coming in to the beach

Another top Santo day. Just coming into the beach for a snorkel from the boat.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Heli fun

took a ride to le Lepa Island and landed on the beach for lunch. Hat Island in the background.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Washing in the River

Monday, April 06, 2009

Fun in the surf

This bloke was having a great time in the rain and temporary sea swell at Eton Beach

Friday, April 03, 2009


Produce at the local markets

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Getting the Shot

Acclaimed New Zealand photographer, Len Birch, setting up to catch the late at Tamanu Beach Resort. He got the shot, another amazing Vanuatu sunset.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


North Efate Coconut plantation with the main road, a typical driving experience around Vanuatu

Monday, March 30, 2009


Ferry preparing to load items to be shipped to the Northern Islands like Santo.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Pele island

Preparing for a Fish off the beach at Pele Island

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fun in the sun

Finn and "Diesel" the Vanuatu Husky playing at the beach

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Gone Fishing

Visiting Australian Navel vessel in the Port Vila harbour. Look closely and you can see the two crew fishing from the back of the ship with a couple of rods. I want a fishing boat like that.....

Monday, March 23, 2009


Vessels of all shapes and sizes moored in the harbour including a container ship and gas supply ship in the back corner of the photo.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Erakor Island

I took this shot a few years ago and it is one of my favourites. Featuring Erakor Island Resort, note the snorkel boat in the bottom right corner. 

Friday, March 20, 2009

Mt Yasur

standing on the crater of an active volcano, once the sun went down it really started to look spectacular

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Port Resolution - Gravestone

I came across this gravestone whilst visiting the Port Resolution Yacht Club and Bungalows on the furthermost tip of the island of Tanna.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Iced Chocolates at Refresh cafe

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Cruiseship Day

The Pacific Dawn bringing over 2000 visitors to Port Vila for the day. A huge contributor to the Vanuatu economy.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Oyster Island

The famous Oyster Island Resort, another Vanuatu Icon

Saturday, March 14, 2009


friends of mine have built a pool on the mainland edge of the coral at Pangona. You can see the trench in the ocean in front of there property where a 1.5m moray eel likes to hang out. We snorkel there a lot and have him observe us whilst we look for Nemo.....

Friday, March 13, 2009

Port Vila Harbour

I managed to snap this shot as we were coming in for final approach in the helicopter. The harbour always has some great colour

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Another meal fit for a king on the weekend. Port Vila is very social and always a dinner party or lunchtime get together on the weekend.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Banana Boat

Used to transport between the close islands, this "banana boat" as the locals call them, was on the return leg between Pele island and the mainland (Efate), a distance of about 3-4km. Very reliable and economic to run, they take about 8 passengers with some small cargo only.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Waiting for a lift

Waiting for the island boats to take them off the main island and back to the outer island villages after a day/days shopping in Port Vila.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Off Home

One of the staff from Le lagoon Resort paddling home........

Friday, March 06, 2009

Copra Dryer Again!

A lot of people have asked how it works in direct emails so here is a shot of the outside of a Copra Dryer. Basically heat the beams underneath with wood fires and its takes all day to dry a batch. This is a photo taken from outside and you can see the wood bundles beside the fire hatches.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Copra Dryer

A wood fired kiln used to dry the coconut into copra for export. One of the bigger agricultural exports in Vanuatu and how many local Ni Vanuatu make there living.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Swimming Hole

Lots of small swimming holes/inlets are along the coastline, these couple are 20 minutes out of town at Narpow Point

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Fishing with the Boys

Fishing with the legendary Kuvu. Unfortunately on this trip it was Fish 4- Fishermen 0. Maybe next time.......

Monday, March 02, 2009

Golf with a view

Not a bad place to play a round.

Sunday, March 01, 2009


The Villa under construction at Kakula Island.  The project is now on hold but its a stunning location.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Road Side Attraction

A famous stop off point in the visitor circuit around the island.

Friday, February 27, 2009


The only way to get to some of the beaches in the islands

Thursday, February 26, 2009


My 4 year old boy found this little friend on his tree swing.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


The average weekend clothesline in Port Vila always contains a set of trunks and bikini

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Keeping the feet dry

Another picture perfect day, leaving nothing but footprints behind.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Oyster Island

Entrance to the famous Oyster Island Restaurant

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hair Braiding

Saturday, February 21, 2009


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Friday, February 20, 2009

Night of The Turtle

 A turtle preparing to lay eggs in front of our house. Another unique Vanuatu experience for us.
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