Our day ashore in Port Vila was like going back in time. We had first visited over 40 years ago and not a lot seems to have changed. The fact that several recent cyclones have devastated the island in recent years has not helped. The way of life is simple and the locals friendly, despite the almost daily invasion of cruise ships. The tourism sector is obviously of great significance to the local economy.
From the moment that we went ashore, there were people selling either their goods or their services everywhere that you looked. The wharf was covered in market stalls and when we went outside there were more drivers of both vans and boats than there were people spilling off the ship. We opted for a local van into the commercial centre.
The food market with its local fruits and vegetables, along with the handicraft stores, was a highlight. We really wanted to buy a few of the gigantic avocados that ranged from less than 50 cents to a little over a dollar. We consoled ourselves with the thought that the price might fall by the time we arrive home!
Great fresh fruit and vegetables. We eat lots of meat on the ship!
They have these large avocados. Some were even larger!
The backdrop to the shops is the pretty harbour with water that can only be that colour in the tropics. All very unspoilt but still with damage from the cyclones present.
We did make a few purchases and helped the economy a little!
We are now in Lautoka in Fiji but have no photos. The best days are the islands with great swimming. At least this is acceptable wifi! Will have no more wifi before our return on 28th!
Will go back to previous blog and add a few more photos