Jarrah 18th November. Uri Island, Port Stanley, Malekula. Vanuatu

Port Stanley, Malekula – 12th of October.  (Written in Brisbane).

We really should have been leaving but just couldn’t resist going over for a snorkel on the clear reef 100 metres from our boat. So we went. Mum swam over, Khan paddled around in the kayak but Dad and I went in the dinghy. We jumped in and the water was beautifully clear.

I was swimming with Dad and we saw lots of turtles lazing on the bottom and swimming around the reef. Then Dad left to go snorkel somewhere else but I thought he was still with me so I turned around… I thought I saw Dad down looking really closely at the coral. Then I thought ‘that’s not Dad that’s a MASSIVE cod’. I was busy planning my escape route when the cod turned so that I could see the side of it and that’s when I realised it was a Dugong. I tried to call Dad over through my snorkel, keeping my eye on the Dugong just in case I had mistaken it for a shark. Dad must have heard me because soon he was over with me and we were snorkelling with this 2 metre long dugong that was only about 3 metres away. We stayed with it for about 5 minutes. It looked like a walrus without tusks. It was amazing!!!!

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Some crabs had red legs, some had red nippers, some had a red body.

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Khan and Zac searching for hours for crabs and hermit crabs.

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The family kitchen.

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Masing and family looked after us during our time at Uri Island, Malekula.

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Having anchored our dingy way out at low tide, a band of merry local children playing on a dug out canoe volunteered to tow it into us on shore.

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Local kids. Uri Island, Port Stanley, Malekula.

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One thought on “Jarrah 18th November. Uri Island, Port Stanley, Malekula. Vanuatu

  1. I love seeing all of your pictures! That dugong encounter must have been awesome indeed! I hope that Brisbane wasn’t too hectic for you all leading up to the G20! How different it must be to be back in Australia… All best for the journey south!

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