Diving the SS President Coolidge

Put down that gun

Espiritu Santo played an enormously significant role during WWII yet somehow it seems its role was very much swept under the rug and only now is the island becoming known for its contribution to the Allied Forces. As mentioned in my post on Million Dollar Point, Santo was the USA’s largest army base during WWII. […]

Santo Horse Adventures, Vanuatu

And the heavens open

There’s something about seeing a brochure or an ad on TV where there are people riding horses through waist-deep water on the beach that makes you feel that would be one of the best experiences in the world. When we went to Espiritu Santo we weren’t sure if you could ride horses but we quickly […]

Port Olry, Santo, Vanuatu


There’s a road that takes you up the coast of Espiritu Santo.  It’s the main road and it was a dirt road until 2011 when it was finally tar-sealed.  At a certainly point you get to the end of the road and that ‘end’ is Port Olry. Port Olry is a French-speaking village situated on […]

Restaurant 1606, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Entrance to 1606

We do love to dine to the tune of live music so while we were in Santo we heard that Restaurant 1606, that is part of the boutique resort, Village de Santo, provides live music by local acoustic musicians on Tuesday and Saturday nights. We made a reservation and went there on a Saturday night […]

Velit Bay, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

An incredible view

Just a half-hour drive from Luganville is Velit Bay, a property set on 1600 acres in a horseshoe-shaped bay. From the town of Luganville you drive along the coast road for around half an hour and when you see the sign, turn off and in front of you will be one of the best views […]

Million Dollar Point, Santo, Vanuatu

Little huts provide shelter

It was suggested to us that while in Santo we should visit Million Dollar Point.  I thought it was just another beach and had no idea of the historical significance of the beach that at the end of WWII became known as Million Dollar Point. During World War II, Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu was the […]

In My Kitchen, February 2015


Here we go; back into the routine of another year. In my kitchen I’m trying to adjust our diet to fit-in with Drew’s restrictions and so I’m coming up with new ways to present chicken.  A few nights ago we had wing-tip chicken breasts with a herb butter rubbed under the skin. And yes, again, […]

Mediterranean Salad


So…After the holidays we’re getting back into the routine and a whole new year. Archie is back at work and saving for some travel plans.  Remember his friend, Cockney-Dave?  For some reason he had to move out of the youth hostel where he had been staying and next thing he was on our back doorstep […]

Waterfront Bar & Grill, Port Vila, Vanuatu

A little bit of Elvis

Warning:  Dud photos ahead. Leaving Espiritu Santo we flew to Port Vila where we were going to spend 24-hours before flying home to Sydney. I’ll spare you the details but basically our day of sightseeing in Port Vila never happened because our Air Vanuatu flight was firstly delayed an hour and then another hour.  As […]

Matevulu Blue Hole, Santo, Vanuatu

Even on a dull day, the water is stunning

I just love swimming in the blue holes of Vanuatu and Matevulu is one of the best. Matevulu Blue Hole is about a 20-minute drive from Luganville.  There is a turn-off to the left off the coast road and you travel for another 5-10 minutes along part of what was in WWII, a USA airstrip, […]