Craig Cove is tiny and looks unprotected, but turns out fine. Anchor in black sand in 30’. Pretty healthy coral looks bright against a black sand background. Lil handmade local ouitriggers are everywhere. Sunken LCU on shore. Lil store with rum and cokes, peanuts, and not much else. We consider climbing the volcano but it is too expensive- $200US.
|On the way to a picnic|
|A typical Vanuatu house|
|Slit drums carved for tourists|
|Statues in a little ceremonial circle lost in the jungle|
|Floating in the hottub|
|Hazy air around Tanna|
We go for a long walk through the interior. We get some weird looks and many people are not too friendly in the villages.
The next day we head out and stop at a lil anchorage on N Ambrym. Very calm, then a lil N wind comes up. This is a very cool volcanic area. Black sand and rocks with bright red-orange mineral deposits and hot springs coming out all over the place. Megapode eggs are harvested here, otherwise there is very little human presence in the area. We kayaked around the bay and trailed hands in water to find the spots with hot ocean water. The was a big 2-3’ deep cove was like a hot tub, with a bottom of black sand that got hotter the deeper you dug your feet in. More flies than anywhere else we’ve been. Otherwise, heaven.