Was our trip to the South Pacific Successful ???

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Hi Ya All,

At the end of March 2016 we set sail, figuratively speaking of course, we actual took flight, for the South Pacific in search of finding our chill haven which we call PeanieSutra.

During our tour through The Cook Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji, we posted much about our experiences and hinted at some of the business opportunities we where exploring.

We looked at accommodation, lounge bars, and cafe type of opportunities, with one key criteria – they must overlook the blue pacific ocean, white beaches and beautiful green palms of course.

In the Cook Islands we first found a cozy and friendly little boutique hotel. Although we loved it, upon closer analysis we felt that it was a little to pricey for the returns it promised. We then came across a cool cafe but our offer was beaten by a slight time margin. This was devastating for Peanie 🙁

We continued our search and found another cafe / restaurant which was recently modernised. As we looked into this opportunity another opportunity popped up that really got our minds working. We found ourselves in a position of needing to choose one. Although they were completely different businesses, we felt a strong attracted to both. But could only go with one. And as fate has it, circumstances got us to decide on the latter.

However, fate only came into play while we were looking around in Vanuatu for opportunities.

The main types of business on offer in Vanuatu that we explored where accommodation (i.e back packer lodge and guest house) and restaurants in the centre of Port Villa. The accommodation we found to be to expensive and the restaurant trade really needed experts who knew this type of business … we could not afford the learning period required. We needed something that would work from the outset.

Right, back to fate. It was during our time in Vanuatu that the decision around the Cook Island two opportunities was going down. We concluded our initial due diligence on the second opportunity and decided to make an offer. It was accepted :-))))

Since then we have been working through the final due diligence, legal process of acquiring a business and migrating to the Cook Islands. However, we have not told you what business it is … and we will not until the we have signed the dotted line which should take place in the next few days.

So hold tight … much much more to come.

In the interim we have installed a count down at the bottom of peaniesutra.com’s home page. If all goes to plan, when the timer hits zero, is when we take over the business in Avarua, Rarotonga, the main island of The Cook Islands.

t – 123 days and counting :-)))

“What about the photography, writing and publishing of articles?” I hear you asking. In our posts on this site, you have seen a small sample of the pictures we have taken during our trip . BTW – we have in excess of 5,000 “quality ;-)” images. Once the dust has settled on getting the opportunity agreement signed, we will commence with compiling some articles for the likes of GEO, National Geographic etc. So here too … much much more to come 🙂

😉 Pietro & Eltje 🙂

Milky Fiji

Hi PeanieSutra Followers,

Here some shots of the Milky Way taken from Waya Island in the Yasawas in Fiji.

Big space out there 🙂FijiSkies FijiSkies-8 FijiSkies-7 FijiSkies-6 FijiSkies-5 FijiSkies-4 FijiSkies-3 FijiSkies-2

Some image may seem similar, but in fact they are of different exposures offering slightly different views.

 

Awesome Fiji

Hi Folks

We back in Germany!

Fiji was really chilled. The islands are so beautiful and the sea life incredible. The Fijian people are so friendly and the Kava, well the Kava, certainly has its way with people 🙂

Click here to watch a video of the amazing see life in the Fijian Ocean. Sooo many fish and mantarays.

Click here for the version viewable in Germany. GEMA laws do not like the music on the original video, so sorry guys and girls in Germany but you gonna have to live with the slightly less cool music version 🙂

Check out some impressions of our trip through Fiji below.

We are very excited about our next post …  As you know we went to the South Pacific on a mission … to find the chill haven – a journey towards PeanieSutra. We will reveal all soooon …

… all we can say for now is 134 days to launch !!!!

Ciao for now,

Pietro & Eltje

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South Pacific Beer Ranking … Update

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Hi Fellow Beer Lovers,

Here is the long awaited updated on the world renowned Pietro’s Beer Ranking.

We have a new numba wan …. Happinez. A fruity full bodied beer that goes down rather smooth with a lekker bitter after taste. When you next visit Middel Earth be sure to seek it out, it is well worth it.

  1. Happinez (microbrewer – New Zealand)
  2. Vonu (Fiji)
  3. Tusker OP (Vanuatu)
  4. Asahi (Japan)
  5. Tasker (Vanuatu)
  6. Matutu (brewed on Rarotonga, Cook Islands)
  7. Fiji Gold (Fiji)
  8. Stella (Belgium)
  9. Tiger (Singapore)
  10. Fiji Bitter (Fiji)
  11. Grolsch (Netherlands)
  12. Steinlager (Australia)
  13. Fosters (Australia)
  14. Pure Blonde (Australia)
  15. Tui (Indian)
  16. Heineken (Belgium)
  17. DB Draught (New Zealand)
  18. Lion Red (New Zealand)
  19. Nambawan (Vanuatu)

vonu

Prost !!!!

Ciao for now

Pietro & Eltje

Click here to see previous ranking.

Mystical Ambrym

Ambrym

Hi adventurers,

another trip last week led us to the island of Ambrym.

The inhabitants of all other islands are a bit afraid of the people of Ambrym, because they are considered as magicians with some extraordinary skills. I think this reputation is simply based on the unreal living environment of these people…

The complete island of Ambrym is considered as one large shield volcano, with its two summits Mount Benbow (1159 m) and Mount Marum (1270 m). And a third nameless volcano currently is evolving in the shadow of these two giants.

Benbow and Marum are active volcanoes which continuously create massive sulphure- and ash cloudes. Only 40 days a year both cones are clear.

The difference compared to Mount Yasur on Tanna are height and distance. It is a hike of around 7 hours through a dramatic landscape to reach the rim of the caldera. And it is a lonesome area, in most of the cases you’ll find yourself completely alone on the rim of one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Some crazy adventurers abseil down from the caldera edge to the lava lake, because it is an unbelievable experience – and nobody hinders them (imagine you would try to do something similar in Europe or the US: unthinkable – authorities would imprison you 😉

We decided not to hike these volcanoes, but to do an airy ride around and across the volcanoes. With a small plane, and without the second door for an undisguised view to take pictures 😉 We started our flight from Ulei airfield, South East Ambrym. The variety of the landscape is really amazing. From the rainforest area, through valleys of green coated dark volcanic rocks, up to the iron red lava cliffs and finally the dark black caldera area, surrounded by sulphur and ash clouds… A great experience and simply mystical because you think you are rather on moon or mars than on earth.

Click here to join us on our flight across Ambrym – and see a lava lake from a bird’s perspective

And here some more cool impressions of Ambrym….

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See you soon again!

With pyroclastical regards,

Eltje & Pietro