Another day at the beach
25.09.2014 - 25.09.2014
Again today we need to use the tenders to go ashore and I wait til the rush has finished before heading out. I have relaxing morning tea in the café then head down to deck 4 to be helped on to a tender. Now we have great beaches in Australia, but the scenery here is just beautiful. Maybe it is the lack of high rises but this feels more holiday like and relaxing.
From the time I got on the tender to stepping off on the island about 30 minutes had passed. It wasn't that far but there were delays, waiting for more people, waiting for another tender to load up and leave the jetty, then waiting for people to disembark. Most people head down or around to the beach area but I see a sign to "The Boutique" which everyone else walked passed. These signs lead me around a road behind the jetty passed a few parked cars with a horse feeding on the long grass which was next to a field with a helicopter in it. Opposite is a large building compound that looks like the local police or maybe armed forces
From there I checked out the Boutique. Nice clothes and jewellery, locally made clothes according to the lady working there, more expensive than Lifou and Port Vila. I bought some postcards but decided to hold off on other purchases til I had a look around.
Walking back around to where most people were headed from the tender I saw some lovely beaches.
The ship was leaving early today and the last tender leaves at 3. Never leave it til the last tender, cant afford to miss it! After spending some time walking around and sitting on the beach, I look at some of the stalls. The last one was the largest and closest to the beach near the jetty where the tenders dock. I didn't check the labels and yes I should have so I ended up with long pants that were made in Thailand. Many passengers are moving towards the jetty, given I don't have a watch I decide to head back to the ship.
Time for an afternoon hot chocolate and a lie down before dinner. After dinner I checked out the Chocolate Shop and the Essentials shop, I also do a quick check of my onboard account.