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Date: 04 Oct 2015 23:47:00
Title: Eton & Blue Lagoon

Eton Beach and the Blue Lagoon
 
 
 
 
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We jumped up and headed off to Eton Beach, {in all the guide books it is boasted as one of the best in Vanuatu}. As soon as we got out of Port Vila, we actually managed fifth gear for a little while along a smooth bit of road........ A real treat as you have to watch every inch in the town for pot holes - three and four inches deep with jagged edges, real tyre biters. When we got to the beach we paid our five pound maintenance, upkeep and parking money. Although it was incredibly windy, we could see the beach had an area protected from the waves by huge chunks of old reef.
 
 
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To the right there is a shallow, warm and protected creek that the little ones can enjoy – right next to the car parking area, so the parents can barbecue or sit, knowing the tots are safe. We bimbled off to explore the area to our left.
 
 

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Whilst Bear took scenic shots I went wave watching.
 
 
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As always, you have to know when it’s time to withdraw or get a real drubbing. I took the pressure hose feeling on my cheeks as time to go. It’s such a pity that pictures cannot give an indication of the tumultuous noise that crashing waves make. Maybe one day.
 
 
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The tide was coming in so we headed back to the car.
 
 
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Someone’s beach house destroyed by Pam.
 
 
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We passed other beaches all wanting a few bob to enter.
 
 
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Ten minutes later we had parked and paid our entrance into the Blue Lagoon, a natural, popular, safe and sheltered lagoon.
 
 
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A cooling dip, on a sunny day the water looks very blue.
 
 
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Two brothers appeared, quickly in the water it was the little one who splashed the bigger one first, his cheeky look said “best quit while I’m ahead.”
 
 
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Bigger children swung from a sturdy tree, a pole with a hook on it served as the rope retriever.
 
 
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Over the other side was another swing.
 
 
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We sat and enjoyed the youngsters. The stallions posed high in the branches, doing the odd, impressive summersault but everyone was courteous and patient despite several languages being spoken. A real pleasure to watch.
 
 
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I watched this little chap play for ages. He never once wiped his eyes when he bobbed up, always smiling and just enjoyed having fun in the water.
 
 
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Back to watching the bigger ones splash.
 
 
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Some just had a gentle swing and plopped into the water.
 
 
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Some were up and off, some had to rev themselves but all had fun.
 
 
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Another brotherly water fight. This time the bigger one was the victor.
 
 
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On our way back to Port Vila we saw more storm damage and one poorly looking tamtam that had been hurled into a pile of debris. The scenic coastal road turned out to be ever so bumpy, the bit that went near the beach was closed. Back to our digs for a game or two, hopefully for me to win ???? Huh, not if I can help it.
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL A JOY TO WATCH THE YOUNGSTERS
                     GREAT FUN

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