Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wandering Wednesday - Iririki Island, Vanuatu

When Mitch and I went on a cruise in the South Pacific last year with some friends, Port Vila was our last destination before sailing home to Brisbane. I'd heard that it was a pretty nondescript island city and so we decided to skip the duty free shopping here and head over to neighbouring Iririki Island - so close to the mainland it appeared you could swim to it from the harbour.


Iririki also had special meaning for one of our friends as her Grandfather had designed/built the island resort years ago, so it seemed logical that we take the short boat ride over to the island for the day.


Entry to the island as a day guest was something like 15 AUD - the cost of which we could recover at any of the restaurants on the island, so essentially - it was a 'free' visit. Knowing that this resort boasted the largest pool in the South Pacific, after a walk around the island in the hot sun, we settled in at the poolside, enjoying a few cocktails of course!



The thing that struck me most about Iririki was the snorkelling - I've snorkelled before in some of the best known spots - Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Great Barrier Reef - but the beautiful crystal clear water & the abundance of colourful fish just off the islands edge didn't fail to impress and I even saw my first seahorse in the wild!!!!







I have to say, a day on this island just wasn't enough - I could easily spend a week here relaxing by the poolside, snorkelling in the ocean or just lazing in a hammock reading a book. Island holidays are the best, if only we didn't have to hop back on the sickly cruise ship at the end of the day...

2 comments:

  1. Hey Lu,
    That looks soooo relaxing, at the moment a week on an island sounds fabulous!!
    How have you been going? I arrived back home on Sunday. I had such a fantastic time in Europe, I can't wait to go back and see more of it. Cycling through the vineyards in France was amazing, and I stayed again in the Latin Quarter in Paris, it is fantastic.
    Have just started downloading my five and a half thousand photo's.
    All the best,
    luv,
    Selina

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  2. Hey Selina! I'm doing really well thanks, freezing here but starting to get really excited about Christmas & ice skating & snow and all those things that aren't too far away now! I'm so pleased to hear you had a good trip (just watch - Europe is addictive, you'll want to come again!), I loved reading your emails - you'll have to send through a few photos :-)

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