It was fun coming back to Port Vila again and showing Luciana around. Interesting when you come back to a foreign place for a second time, it’s happened to me quite a few times over the years, I instantly feel like a local??! This was particularly so this time around as the Nivan people are very friendly and welcoming. They come to life when they see a familiar face and go out of their way to welcome you back.
I introduced Luciana to Willie the security guard at the Waterfront bar who had taken me around to some â€˜local’ Kava bars, Alice the mama who ran one of the many food stalls at the markets, Justine and her daughter and a number of others.
There was a lot riding on this trip, it’s no secret that I have had a lifelong ambition to sail around the world, and a big part of this trip was about introducing Luciana to extended living aboard a yacht to see if she would begin to share my passion for sailing.
18 days & 250 Nautical miles later and Luciana’s not only smiling but more relaxed and at ease than I have seen her in a long time. A definitive success!
Our trip started with a 45 minute, low altitude flight on a small 6 seater charter flight with Unity airlines to Lamen Bay on Epi Island. We picked a relatively clear day and it was yet another unique way to see some of the beautiful islands and reefs of Vanuatu.
Luciana settled in almost instantly, and within 3 days she had successfully completed her first offshore passage (25Nm) in up to 25 knots of wind and a decent swell, we’d caught a big Wahoo, had sashimi, anchored in a less than ideal place in 30 knots of wind, dragged anchor, visited a local village and â€˜survived’ it all – we were having fun and loads of it!
The strict details are documented by Elise, our resident blogger on Moksha’s blog http://mokshasmessages.blogspot.com
There are a number of resources worth sharing that made our stay in Vanuatu a great one:
Unity airlines – Affordable Charter airlines in Vanuatu
Sam Bell – local yacht agent in Vanuatu
Yachting world – Yacht Marina in Port Vila
Rocket guide to Vanuatu – Interactive Travel guide to Vanuatu
Michener’s restaurant – Best Dinner in Port Vila, Vanuatu (it was a well contested category)