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OceanGybe – Webisode 09 – Garbage Study – Vanuatu

With exception to the plastic trash throughout high tide lines, the Rowa Islands of Vanuatu are paradise. With Khulula at anchor near an uninhabited beach, the crew of OceanGybe conduct yet another garbage study. This webisode is brought to you by KING Bleach.

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OceanGybe – Webisode – 08 – The Legend of Yasur

As Khulula and her crew approach the archipelago of Vanuatu after a week at sea, they spot a smoking volcano, known as Yasur, on the island of Tanna. Mount Yasur is one of the world’s most active volcanos and the crew take a tour to investigate closer.

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Rowa (Reef) Islands Garbage Study

Back in May we spent 3 days on the uninhabited Rowa (Reef) Islands at the norther limit of the Vanuatu archipelago. Here is the plastic debris we found on a 100m section of the beach. Despite the trash it was one of the most stunning places we have visited to date.


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Garbage, Adventure and Surf

The three major tenets of the OceanGybe Expedition are garbage, adventure and surf. We generally pick our course and destination dependant on the likelihood of these three variables, and, of course, the wind. As we sail into the Indian Ocean and away from the Pacific, I feel compelled to review, thus far, what we have found since leaving New Zealand almost 2 months ago. Since 95 % of our time on land was based in Vanuatu, this may be a rather one-sided view but at least it will shed some light on how I viewed Vanuatu based on our three major goals. Continue reading

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The Dark Magic of Vanuatu, and the exorcism of Khulula

It was a fateful day when s/v Khulula spent the morning ferrying stranded missionaries across the windswept channel between Maewo and Pentacost Islands in Vanuatu. These 29 missionaries had heard about this tiny village (Asanvari) over which the black magic spirits still had a firm grip, and had arrived to free the villagers of the tyranny of the black magic. Sickness and death, the harvest, the weather and all unfortunate events are attributed to the poor disposition of the black magic spirits. Continue reading

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Photos: Sasara, Vanua Lava, Vanuatu

One of the most unforgettable places we have ever been and we were only there for 30 hours !

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The Windblown Paradise of the Reef Islands, and the garbage inventory thereof

White knuckles gripping the wheel, shouts emanating from up the mast, directions from the bow, the throb of the engine revving up and down, wheel being spun this way and that, the waves slapping against the hull, the wind whistling between the shrouds, and colourful ominous coral heads mere inches below the water surface, slipping by an arms reach off the port beam, then the starboard beam… so close that we can easily identify the colourful flitting clouds of reef fish that inhabit these mushroom shaped pillars towering from the awesome depths. We are navigating our way through the field of coral sentinels guarding the entry to the aquamarine, sand bottomed lagoon, and all the treasures of an uninhabitated coral island available to all bold enough to run the gauntlet of entry. Continue reading

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Photos: Rowa Islands, Vanuatu

A group of four completely uninhabited islands in the Banks Group of Vanuatu.

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Sailing, Vanuatu Style

So by now you’ve figured out that usually it is possible to tell how much fun we’re having by the number of blogs that get written. It’s an inverse relationship; the less writing we’re doing, the more amazing experiences we’re having. It’s been a while since someone sat down to write up about all that’s been going on for the crew of Khulula in Vanuatu. So you’ll know for sure that our days have been full with incredible (soon to be an overused adjective) sights and sounds. It’s really been non-stop. Continue reading

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Photos: Asanvari, Maewo, Vanuatu

Asanvari is an incredible little village on the southern end of Maewo in Vanuatu. Truly paradise…

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