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21st August 2002 - Pt Vila, Vanuatu

Soren Larsen has just arrived back at Pt Vila on this the last day of the Fiji-Vanuatu voyage. We have just had 8 days cruising the outer islands north of Efate. We have had wonderful shore visits at Malakula we Voyage crew went ashore and we were entertained in the village with fantastic display of custom dancing (pics follow).

We departed for Ambrym and arrived off the village at Ranon on Friday. We went ashore to find our friend Issiah Bong who had organised guides from the village for the trek to the volcano inland. Arrangements were made for an early start on Saturday morning and with cool conditions it looked like a good day for the full day walk through the jungle, across the ash plain and the climb up the
foothills to the volcano.






Cloud and mist threatened to obscure the view down in to the crater but things cleared to allowed us to see the molten lava down inside the pit of the active mountain strenuous but worthwhile days walking see most back in the village by 5pm.



On Sunday we stopped and swam at the Meskelene islands and called via Epi in Monday down the run back to Vila in quite stiff tradewinds.
All are well on board and the we farewell the our crew from Coopers Coborn School tommorrow when they fly home to Britain via Fiji.


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