Friday 6 th August
We left Port
Vila early Thursday morning and sailed 70 miles dropping our anchor at Revolieu
Bay, Epi late afternoon. Three boys in a dugout canoe soon joined us; they
introduced themselves as Timmy, Roger and Bernard.
They came on board and were fascinated with the pilot and guidebooks I had been
looking at. They enjoyed having their photo taken and Paul printed off copies
Timmy while looking through the pilot book
finds a picture he connects with
We also gave them a Mars bar and a cold can of Coca cola. Timmy
hadn’t had a cold can of drink before and he kept passing it from hand to hand
and when he had a drink it made him shudder.
It was getting dark when they left and they promised to return the
following morning with some Pamplemousse.
Early next morning Timmy paddled out as promised with four
pamplemousse and three of his sisters, Eileen, Kathy and Lamas. He helped the
little girls onto the boat and asked if we would take their
Sadly they don’t go to school, as their parents can’t afford it,
all families have to pay for their children’s education. They were very
inquisitive and spent some time exploring the boat; they eventually left with
pens, pencils, colouring books and chocolate.
Later that afternoon we moved along the coast to Lamen Bay at the
top of the Island. There were a lot
of boats already at anchor in the bay, we were only staying for the afternoon so
dropped our anchor and got our snorkel and masks out.
The bay is home to massive sea turtles and several dugong (sea
cows). We swam with two huge turtles and a dugong; he moved along the seabed
sending up clouds of sand searching for food… Big ugly things they
There was a hive of activity ashore as sports day was taking place
in the village with canoe racing in the bay, tug of war and football matches.
Simanderal were anchored in the bay and we caught up with Michael and Ger ashore
before heading off later that evening.