Photo Gallery - September 2002
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Gene and Robbie from "Noason". From Alaska, Noason has been making visits to Asanvari for 3 years and have adopted the village as their second home. They help the villagers by carrying supplies from Santo to Maewo which is not on many trade routes and also work on projects like building a new Women's Craft Center and impoving drinking water delivery systems. Their daughter Allison played with Jonah every day we were at Asanvari.
The village put on a dance demonstration for the visitors (there were about 6 boats at anchor, all but one came) with dinner following (which was quite good). The dances performed were short samples of the real dances they perform on certain notable days. Normally, a single dance can last an hour or two. The men performed 4 or 5 dances, each one lasting about 5 minutes.
It rained constantly at Asanvari the week we were. But there that on one particular night where it rained harder and more steadily then I can ever remember. In the morning the dinghy was almost completely filled with water. The fuel tank was floating (upside down) in the dinghy. The captain was required to bail even though it was still raining!
The view of the Aore Island Resort from the moorings. The resort maintains about 8 moorings for visiting yachts as the water just off the beach is between 75 and 130ft deep. A bit tough for anchoring.
Another shot of the front yard of the resort. It is a beautiful place and I would highly recommend it for a traditional vacation. The dive guy next door at ProDive (Dave) took Kate and I on several dives on the SS President Coolidge a 650ft liner converted to troopship (Santo was a major forward base during WW II) which sunk in the channel after hitting 2 mines which it was unaware of.
The big table at the buffet dinner at the resort. The resort (which is very lovely) does a weekly "Island Night" which is quite well attended. The evening features a buffet, Kava bar, and custom dancing.
Lani and Richard from the S/V Astor. The Astor is a 1924 Fife 74ft schooner. Photos of the Astor appear below. Lani hosted all the boats in the anchorage at a BBQ aboard her boat and we all had a chance to poke around. She is one of the most beautiful boats I have even see, let alone been allowed on. Her hailing port is Hawaii but they are from Newport Beach, California.
The pier at the resort was available for yachts to park their dinghies and also was home to the resort's transfer boat which was used to get the guests on and off the island (Luganville, Santo is about 2 miles across the channel).
The island of Aore is to our left and Ratua is in front of us. Here you can see the buildings of the Sevent Day Adventist mission which is located here. Their bells woke us every morning at 5:30. And again at 5:40, 5:50 and 6:00am.
Travelling through the Segond Channel at 6am, a small boatload if islanders crosses our track waving to us. There is no wind and the peacefulness is deep and all-encompassing. In short, another beautiful morning in paradise.