Tuesday 23 July 2019

Port Resolution

Richard here - Port Resolution on the Island of Tanna was our entry point into Vanuatu. Captain Cook landed here in 1774 drawn by the great glow of the still active volcano, Mt Yasur, and he named the area Port Resolution after his vessel HMS Resolution.

It is a lovely location with a great natural harbour/anchorage. In addition to the volcano there are some thermal vents in the anchorage that steam and spit into the sea, creating hot spots that are a little too warm for comfort in places if you swim too close! There was some great snorkelling here with quite different corals from that which we have seen elsewhere with some beautiful red gorgonian fans.

They have a "yacht club" ashore where you can hang out and where they have put their scarce resources into being able to provide cold beer!

The World ARC fleet took up most of the available anchoring spaces, we stayed an extra day and were then one of only 3 boats left in the harbour which gave it a very different feel.

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