If you’ve been following along on the blog you’d know I’d recently (early-mid December 2016) been on a cruise. My first ever cruise! It was an eight days and eight nights South Pacific Cruise on board the Legend of the Seas, the smallest of the Royal Caribbean fleet of cruise ships. The Legend of the Seas is sadly being sold in March to another cruise line in Spain, so we were lucky to get that time on board her. You can see previous posts that mention the cruise here, here and here!
I really was Lovin’ Life when I was on that cruise so I thought today I’d share some photographs taken on the day we stopped in at Port Vila on the Island of Efate in Vanuatu.
On arrival it was a little crazy! We walked from the ship, through some markets and out the gates and were met by lots of taxi and bus drivers bombarding us, vying to get our business. For someone who has not travelled much I found it a bit scary and overwhelming. Here’s a quick video I took, but this was after things had settled a bit. Apparently before we arrived the drivers were so out of control the local police put a hose on them!
I wondered how on earth we would know which person was with our bus tour that we were booked on. Luckily a lovely women named Violet arrived carrying a sign with our names on it and I felt instantly reassured that we were in the right place and with the right people. Bonus was when we got on the bus and it was air-conditioned. It sure was hot in Vanuatu!!
We had a great bunch of people on our bus and the tour was fantastic. Our tour was with Manples Vanuatu Round Island Tours – run by JJ and his wife Violet. They collect you from the ship and make sure you are back before the ship is due to sail. In our case, we needed to be back before 4:30pm. The tour takes you completely around the island and includes morning tea and lunch. Where you stop might vary from tour to tour but I’ll share with you here where we stopped on our tour.
First stop was at the Blue Lagoon and wow were there some exclamations of delight when we first saw it. Just 30 minutes out of Port Villa, this is a piece of heaven! The colour of the water that you see in the photo’s is for real!! This stop included morning tea – beautiful fruits and nuts and dried banana and sweet potato.
Orovy Beach Restaurant
Orovy Beach Restaurant is locally owned and located at north western corner of Emua Village, in the north of Efate Island. With magnificent views of the offshore islands floating on the sparkling blue waters of Undine Bay, it’s an ideal spot for a lunch stop.
Havannah ‘Survivor’ Beach
Efate sure is a beautiful island but has a very, very hot climate. A bit too hot for me!
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