After a pretty big night our morning started at 7am with laughter before breakfast then it was grab our gear and get in the car. We were gonna hire a car but it ended up cheaper to hire car with driver because that covered all entrance fees too (Vanuatu is expensive.) Anywho, our first stop was a the Blue Hole, and my word it was beautiful, clear freshwater hole beckoning us to jump in and after a big night who wouldn’t? So togs donned in we went. Not sure how deep it actually is but It’s deep, we had a bit of a leisurely swim before the wooden slide began to call our name and of course it would be rude not to respond. Just a little word of warning though, wooden slide, bikini bottoms = a little bit of splinterage for me and a sore ass for the rest of the day. Sarah seemed to come off unscathed. It is such a beautiful idyllic place, we were the only two people there so we had the whole place to ourselves. After our refreshing dip we chomped down on the papaya given to us as we just relaxed for a little while. This place is a must see if you ever visit Santo, it really is amazingly beautiful and what’s more it’s natural, the fish just swimming about and the water is so clear you can see the bottom but not actually touch it.
We then headed of once more and took a little pit stop for coffee at Velit Bay, pleasant place that is turning into a resort, but it was a brief stop before heading off to Champagne Beach. Apparently named at the end of the war when the Americans celebrated there, also very aptly named. Again the water is crystal clear and just beckons you in. There were only a few other people around so it was quiet and relaxing, so of course we did the compulsory lay on the beach to dry off and that’s basically it!
Lunch was at Lannoc Bay and while a very pleasant place to eat your lunch they did serve me with beef in my curry and then when I took it back they served me with something totally different to what I ordered, but not to complain because it was a relaxing and beautiful spot.
After lunch we were headed for Million Dollar Point. The aim is to snorkel and check out the junk left by the Americans at the end of the war. Apparently when the war ended they simply threw everything in the ocean, cars the lot! It was really choppy so we decided against snorkeling but it had been a huge day so we were happy to just stand and look out at the ocean, apart from the fact we would probably get in see the junk and think what the?
Our driver was great and very focused on the fact that Tomorrow would be very busy as there is a cruise liner docking in at Luganville and all the tourists would want to be out and about – I seriously lost count how many times he mention “tomorrow very very busy!”
Tonight we will pack up before heading out anywhere because tomorrow we fly to Tanna Island for the next round of adventure. Our d lemme for the evening is where to go, but will let you know.