|Hot springs on the shore of Port Resolution|
|A little tourist hostel|
|Mt Yasur at night|
|Mt Yasur ash plains|
|Pandanu on Tanna|
|Banyan trees are important in Vanuatu- a massive one often stands at the centre of a village and acts as a hurricane shelter.|
|On the rim of Yasur|
|Yasur ash plains|
|Our first encounter with pidgin english is in Tanna|
|Hot springs flowing into the ocean at Port Resolution|
|Ash cliffs of Port Resolution|
|Mt Yasur at night|
There were several others on the rim. Every few minutes the volcano would send a big shower of molten rock far above our heads , accompanied by a boom, a pressure wave visible in the smoke, and then a throaty sucking sound. Everyone stopped and looked up at each eruption, watching the trajectory of the ejected lava bombs. A Japanese tourist was killed here a few years ago by a lava bomb. One sailed over the rim, but we didn’t have to step aside for any.
Mt Yasur is of the most amazing natural phenomena I’ve seen. The noise and sight of the lava bombs soaring up above me- and the potential of being hit by one- made me jumpy and weak-kneed at first. After awhile I got a little habituated to it and made a careful journey partway round the rim to look down into the craters. They were very deep and steep and lit by a wavering red glow. Incredible place.
Next day we took a truck across Tanna and went in to Lenakal for supplies. Lenakel is very small. I witnessed a strange event when a happy, laughing crowd ran and gathered to watch some girl who had tried to run off on a ship get wacked with a palm frond for her supposed infidelity. It was creepy cause she looked terrified and her arm seemed to be broken/dislocated. She carried a machete in the other hand and was being dragged around by a man- her Father?
Not much to Lenakal, some dry goods shop and market with carrots, cabbage, lettuce, plantain, pumpkin, cocunut, papaya, fish, 30 lil mandarins on stick for $1- all real cheap. Nat bank with Short Term Deposits for 5.5%.
Port Resolution village, next to the anchorage, is big and spread out, almost all totally thatch/bamboo/logs. People say hi, but not as overtly friendly as Fjij.
Left at sunset for Errogmango. Sleepy night. Seas pretty regular, big swells 3-6’ rolling us around, partly cloudy with a couple rain showers, wind SE at 15-20knots. We can see the red glow of Yasur from far out to sea- the same glow that beckoned Cpt Cook. Anchored in clear water, sand, 20’ in Dillon Bay. No other ships seen. Just a couple lights on Tanna, none at all on Erromango. Only saw a couple fishing ships and a cargo ship since leaving Fiji.