November 2016

  • Vanuatu: Snorkelling in an emerald lagoon

    November 3, 2016

    Vanuatu: Snorkelling in an emerald lagoon By Shandelle Battersby Shandelle Battersby enjoys a day of thrilling adventures on – and under – the water. Snorkelling in the lagoon. Photo / Supplied We were halfway to a golden beach on the northern side of Moso Island in Vanuatu when Olive, our host for the day, who was perched on the end of our tender boat, started quietly whistling between her teeth. A couple of minutes later a pod of about 20 dolphins popped out of the water and began taking turns to leap and dive in the waves before peeling off […]

  • The horse whisperer of Vanuatu

    November 3, 2016

    The horse whisperer of Vanuatu By Maria de Jong Maria de Jong saddles up with with Wayne and trepidation for a plantation trek. Tom Nangam, the horse whisperer of Vanuatu. Photo / Maria de Jong Tom Nangam has a rare talent for horses. Although I’m nervous of horses, one long look into Tom’s dark, calm face and steady brown eyes reassure me that this man’s horses will be impeccably behaved. It’s not for nothing that he’s known as the Horse Whisperer of Vanuatu. His Bellevue Ranch is in green hills on the outskirts of Port Vila. The ranch has about […]

  • Five great places to eat and drink in Vanuatu’s Port Vila

    November 3, 2016

    Whether you want to live it up, chow down, take the heat or just chill, Port Vila has what you want, writes Shandelle Battersby. Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu. The Vanuatu capital is a wonderful mix of cultures — as well as the island influence, you’ll find all sorts of cuisine, from French and Italian to Chinese and Indian. That means one thing: diverse, excellent dining. Here are five eateries — and bars — worth a look, and here’s a local phrase, in Bislama, that may come in handy: “Mi fulap” (“I am full”). 1. Chantilly’s on the Bay/Banyan […]