I spent my second full day in Vanuatu doing a round-the-island tour, which resulted in my butt getting tenderized thanks to the extremely bumpy dirt / semi-paved roads.
We first visited a “traditional” village set up for tourists but it was still pretty cool.
We saw demonstrations of what they do with coconut...this guy husked a whole coconut with his teeth - I bet he's a party riot with beer caps!
The “warriors” were dressed up in traditional garb and though most people in Vanuatu normally wear western clothes, tribes and village groups are an important aspect of social divisions.
They talked about various uses for native plants, including a vine that when thrown into the water, sucks out all the oxygen, killing the fish (and sadly everything else), which then float to the top of the water to be collected.
There really are amazing uses of “natural” things…if only they could find something to cure cancer and hangovers!
While enjoying very “traditional” tea and cookies, we watched a firewalker!
It was actually more like a guy walking on hot coals for 3 feet, but it was still pretty cool.
We then went around the island, snorkelling in a couple places, eating a good lunch (after several budget-saving meals of my tasty yet hearty concoction of oatmeal and powder soup).
We came back in the evening and I went for another wonderful sunset snorkel just steps off my island, followed by another mouth-watering oatmeal/powdered soup feast and an incredibly early night.