Port Vila

We arrived in the capital of Vanuatu last week and we’re still getting our bearings, checking out hardware stores and supermarkets–typical cruiser-style ;-) We have found plenty of shops so far, but there is less range here and it’s more expensive than in Fiji (as people had warned us ahead).
Port Vila is a pleasant little town with a waterfront with restaurants and souvenir shops–everything looks scrubbed and polished for tourists, even dogs were banned a few years ago so nothing can spoil the holiday impression… Tourism is the main income of Vanuatu, so it’s a catastrophe for the hotels and all their employees, tour guides, etc. that Air Vanuatu has gone bankrupt and there are hardly any tourists flying in at the moment.
The inner harbour of Port Vila is full of sailboats at the moment as the majority of the fleet is passing through at the moment, doing some shopping here before heading out to the many festivals that are scheduled in August. Most boats are on moorings, but we found a nice anchoring spot right behind the mooring field.
View from Pitufa’s deck:

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