Now we are back in civilization (well the closest thing around here to civilization – there is power here in the form of batteries and a generator and some magical internet connection ) I can send you the next update.
Still not sure about this French numbering system, but I am sure we can’t be at day ‘trois’ yet as there are still places to see!!!
Next morning we are on up the coast heading for Luganville on Espiritu Santo Island. Santo is Vanuatu’s largest Island with a fascinating history. This is where we are at the moment. Sitting on a mooring two and a half kms across the bay from Luganville in the most magical spot just off the Island of Aore. We are moored in around 18mt of water and can see the bottom. Only a few metres swim away is a reef which we swim each day and it is like being in a tropical fish tank. I have met up with Nemo and ALL his friends and family. It is so amazing with all the coloured corals and fish. We were invited up here by a most delightful NZ couple who have a holiday home on the Island - Bridget and Ken. Again we met them at the Auckland Boat Show this year. We arrived here six days ago and this is where Alec and I will leave for Australia from. Sadly Dave and Kathy leave us tomorrow to fly back to NZ. They have been such fun and we have really enjoyed their company and sharing all these wonderful places with them.
Yesterday Ken had to return to NZ to check up on his farm so we took Bridget out for the day. We motored across the Bay to a place called Million Dollar Point. It is an undersea junkyard. In just a couple of metres of clean clear water you snorkel around and can see where the Americans dumped thousands of tons of military equipment like jeeps, bulldozers, cranes trucks etc at the end of the war. Then just a short distance from there is a wonderful dive site where the USS President Coolidge Liner being used as a Troop Ship was sunk by friendly mines during the war. Dave went over and snorkelled around but could not see it as that is as a bit too deep to see from the surface.