Dave, our pilot brought the little chap in to land on the grass runway and parked next to the ‘airport’. Lamen Bay is at the northern tip of Epi Island. We could have walked around to the village but there to greet us was our hosts’ grandsons, ready to give us a lift in their boat.
Off we went, the brothers at the controls. Dave came with us, no point staying at the airport by himself. We said it was a shame his wife hadn’t come for a day out with him – well, how staggered we were when he simply said “She’s afraid of flying.” Oh. Looking across Lamen Bay to Lamen Island.
The Yacht Club. No sooner than we had said ‘hello’ than tea, coffee and pancakes arrived.
We loved this poster on the wall and we looked at the fish identification chart.
After breakfast, a little look around and then back on the boat to go over to visit Lamen Island. On our return a delicious lunch was served, surprising as Cyclone Pam had hit the area very badly. We sat and chatted to an aid worker and met up with a group of missionaries out to the area to check on the schools to see how the aid effort has been utilised. We bimbled the village and then a dugong was spotted in the bay, time for another snorkel.
No dugong but this lady was worth the visit.
Turtles are such lovely creatures to watch as they gently fly through the water.
After our snorkel we sat on the roots of a tree and enjoyed the sun drying us, until it was time to leave.
A local passing by.
A yacht coming in to join the one at anchor.
Back in the boat, we left the village behind.
Heading to the corner.
The boys took us across the bay, helped us disembark and waved. We stood to watch them go.
Once more we walked across the runway, this time to our waiting steed. What a smashing day.
ALL IN ALL AN EASY GOING LITTLE VILLAGE
A QUIET BACKWATER WITH A BEAUTIFUL BAY