Day 2: Round the Efate Island Trip – Fire-walking and Butt-tenderizing

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"Warrior" Chief
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.
Other warriors
  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.

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Warrior Chief
"Warrior" Chief
Other warriors
Other warriors
Shack still used for storm protect…
Shack still used for storm protec…
Warrior husking the whole coconut!
Warrior husking the whole coconut!
Fishing traps
Fishing traps
The main dude demonstrating the de…
The main dude demonstrating the d…
Demonstration of how food like ban…
Demonstration of how food like ba…
Me and the humungous old banyan tr…
Me and the humungous old banyan t…
Warrior dance
Warrior dance
Warrior dance
Warrior dance
Firewalker!
Firewalker!
Me and a couple of the warriors.  …
Me and a couple of the warriors. …
Random beach
Random beach
Coconut tree plantation
Coconut tree plantation
First snorkeling spot
First snorkeling spot
On the road
On the road
Locals doing laundry
Locals doing laundry
Locals carrying home lap lap leaves
Locals carrying home lap lap leaves
Pigs!
Pigs!
Yummy lunch!
Yummy lunch!
Post-lunch coma relax and swim bea…
Post-lunch coma relax and swim be…
Me in the water at very low tide
Me in the water at very low tide
The small restaurant we ate at
The small restaurant we ate at
Last snorkeling spot
Last snorkeling spot
More pics of Hideaway Island
More pics of Hideaway Island
More pics of Hideaway Island
More pics of Hideaway Island
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