Smile and the world smiles with you.
Vanuatu, is truly one of the happiest countrieson earth. My recent trip to this beautiful island (a collective of 83 islands to be exact) in the South Pacific had definitely put a smile on my face and felt welcomed the whole time. Don’t be alarmed if the locals do wave and say ‘Hi’ to you on the streets. I spent five days in Port Vila, Vanuatu’s capital and largest city where I pretty much did what a foodie does – I ate my way around the whole town and then ate some more. But then, I also did something that is totally out of my comfort zone, something that I never thought I’d have done in my entire life – abseiling down a 50-meter high waterfall! It was nerve wrecking as hell but I am so glad I did it, I definitely have found a whole new appreciation of extreme sport and realised I’m actually quite an adrenalin junkie.
The island itself isn’t big, but is jam packed with activities that you can do. Apart from abseiling, there are also snorkelling, kayaking, scuba diving, quad biking, sailing, fishing, horse riding, volcano sandboarding just to name a few. As for foodies, the culinary scene is exciting and diverse, you will find Melanesian, French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean etc. Apart from doing something crazy like abseiling, I also tried one of the weirdest food I’ve ever eaten in my life – flying fox. Yes, not the sport, the real ‘fruit bat’! All I could say that it was definitely interesting and haven’t found myself with the urge of dangling upside down, with super sensitive hearing that could head ultrasound or biting into someone’s juicy neck.
Curious about what a flying fox taste like? Then you can read my story about Vanuatu on Expedia Blog and find out all the glory details. You’ve been warned!
[A Table For Two visited Vanuatu as a guest Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO)]