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Port Vila Delights Cruisers

By Linda Tancs

One of the most culturally diverse countries on earth, Vanuatu is an island nation in the South Pacific boasting 113 distinct languages.  Its capital, Port Vila, is an increasingly popular cruise destination–and no wonder, considering that it is located around a magnificent natural harbor surrounded by barrier islands and verdant countryside.  Day trippers should check out the Summit Gardens (11 gardens including a sandalwood plantation), Mele Cascades (several waterfalls) and Mt. Yasur, one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

A Spirited Gecko

By Linda Tancs

East of Australia in Espiritu Santo (Holy Spirit), an island of the Vanuatu archipelago, scientists discovered a new species of gecko living amidst the treetops. Measuring just three inches in length, the little bugger goes by the name Lepidodactylus buleli. If scouring the canopy of a thriving ecosystem isn’t your cup of tea, you might be interested in the beach life and diving opportunities that this unspoiled paradise, known as Santos, has to offer. Champagne Beach, for instance, is regarded for its Bermuda-like pink sands and clear waters. Off Million Dollar Point, divers can scope out the refuse ditched by the U.S. military after Pearl Harbor when the area was used as a supply station. Whatever you do, let the spirit move you.

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