I was, like many other people, sadden to read about the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam to the gorgeous island community of Vanuatu recently.
I was instantly reminded of the time I spent in this beautiful country back in 2011.
|The main food markets in Port Vila|
The Republic of Vanuatu is made up of 82 small islands, with 65 of them inhabited and is situated about 1,750km east of Australia. A short 2.5hr flight from Brisbane will have you arriving in this South Pacific wonderland. The capital Port Vila is on the third largest island, Efate.
|The markets where ladies have their hand powered sewing machines set up making dresses to sell to tourists|
It was the January school holidays when I took off with a friend on a weeks holiday to enjoy some much needed R and R! I was originally meant to take the trip with another friend but as this was also the time that flooding was devastating many parts of Queensland, she was unable to attend. So I was grateful when another friend was able to step in at the last minute. Vanuatu is amazing but not really somewhere you want to travel alone.
|Cascade Waterfalls are definitely worth a visit|
|We stayed at the gorgeous Sunset Bungalows that had decks hanging over the lake|
While we were there there was also a cyclone, however by the time it reached shore it was little more than an extreme storm, with wild winds that stirred up the ocean. It meant the cruise ships couldn't dock for a few days and there was one sleepless night as the wind was quiet noisy. The next day there were a few trees and signs knocked down, but nothing compared to the devastation they are faced with at the moment.
|High winds causing rough seas.|
|I'm sure they were just saying hello!|
|This little cutie stole my heart!!|
|They were so cute and a little cheeky!!|
|This is how he wanted to pose for our photos|
|My dinner is in there|
|My face after sipping the tiniest bit of Kava|
Vanuatu was a fantastic getaway, affordable, close to home with a fantastic balance of sightseeing, things to do and relaxation time. I don't recall exact details of the costings but it was a little over $1000 for flights and accommodation (including breakfast) for the week and I remember commenting at the time that it was cheaper than a week at the Gold Coast.
So while Vanuatu is in a state of devastation at the moment, please don't forget about them. Having spent this time there and meeting some of the locals, I know they will bounce back, there is a reason they have been voted the happiest people in the world twice, but they are going to need our help. Consider adding it to your future travel plans, I promise you won't regret it and if you do, you weren't trying hard enough!
|The sunset view from our Bungalow.|
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In case you've missed the news about this devastating impact of Cyclone Pam click here