Off to Pentecost, Vanuatu Island Land Divers
Finally, after spending three days trying to fill our propane tank for the last time before we head to Darwin Australia we are departing Port Villa. Once again I have to remind myself that this is the south Pacific and things get done when they get done not based on any schedule. Simple task such as filling a propane bottle takes lots of effort and the store owner tells you the propane will be here tomorrow and then the next day and so on. Anyway its life out here and it makes me lough sometime well pulling my hair out.
We are underway to a northern Island called Pentecost. During this time of year April/June the yam harvest is in full swing. It is also the time of the year that the tree vines reach their maximum strength for land diving. That’s right the local village men take part in a rite of passage for the young boy to prove they are men by jumping off a 35 meter tower. They tie vines around there legs and jump from varies heights based on their age, the older the higher they go. If you may recall national Geographic did a spell on these men. I am excited to see how this is all done and will take pictures and post as soon as there is good wifi, may have to wait till Australia.
Hope all is well with everybody.