This is another shot of the hotel I spent most of my time at when I was in Port Vila. When I arrived in Vanuatu on the very first day of my holiday I hadn’t booked anywhere to stay (my organisational skills suck when it comes to travelling). At the airport I found a place called “Standby Accommodation” – and that’s what I needed. Nomads Moorings Resort was one of the few places available – probably because it hadn’t officially opened yet. All I wanted was a shared (dorm) room because I was travelling on a budget (that blew way out). So I arrived at this place (about $25 a night) and the manager told me I was their first guest EVER. So I asked if there was any perks that went along with that (me, travelling on a budget AND looking for all the freebies I could get) and he upgraded me to a queen room. Absolute luxury. Except that they didn’t have the hot water connected yet (but I was in the tropics – who needs hot showers??). My room opened out onto this stunning infinity pool and as their first guest, I was treated like a queen. This place is definitely recommended! And a tip: if you go there, nobody knows it as Nomads or Moorings – just say it’s where Trader Vic’s used to be!!
And here is a picture of a friend and I swimming in the blue hole. The water was icy – but lovely. The fish were tiny and brightly coloured and fascinating to watch. I swam here the day after I had been scuba diving. I had a cold then and anyone who knows anything about diving, knows that you can’t dive with a cold (you can’t equalise and the pressure in your ears and sinuses can be excruciating and dangerous). I managed the dives without TOO much trouble and was happy about that. But didn’t think of my cold issues when I had my snorkel gear on and did a duck dive in the blue water here. I got down to about 7 metres and decided to come back up – and got a reverse block. This is when the air in your air passages is expanding as you’re surfacing because there is less pressure. Usually the air just escapes normally, but with a reverse block, the air is trapped because you’re all stuffed up with a cold. When you’re diving, you can stay at depth until you can remove the block. When you’re snorkelling you can’t do that. So I surfaced. The pain and vertigo were incredible. You know what it feels like to have water in your ear after swimming? Well, this felt like I had the whole swimming pool in my ear. After a few minutes the air worked it’s way out and I was fine. And thankfully, the next two flights I took were on a tiny plane that didn’t gain too much altitude – so my ears didn’t hurt too badly. Anyway, I don’t know if you wanted to read about my stupidity while swimming in such a lovely place, but there it is. Hope that answered your question, Val.