… as promised we are back again with some more details about Tanna Island.
Beside incredible volcano Mt. Yasur Tanna is home to beautiful remote beaches and traditional tribes.
In southern Tanna there is a tiny little village called Port Resolution, named after James Cook’s sailing ship „Resolution“, when he touched down there in 1774. At Port Resolution’s southern end there is a dreamy white sand beach where you are completely on your own for swimming, snorkling etc. (welcome back to Robinson Crusoe feeling ;-). And in total contrast, on its nothern side, there is a black sand beach where you’ll find the locals fishing, chilling and their children playing in the shallow water. If you observe this scenery you get the feeling how life, and in particular childhood, really should be: carefree…
All locals still live in their villages and according to ancient customs that have been inherited through centuries. There are strong relationships between villages and tribes on the basis of inter-village marriages. When talking to the people, you immediately get the impression that everyone is related to everyone 🙂
Every village welcomes visitors. The people share insights in their daily life and customs, many of them still perform traditional dances. Every dance and song has a completely different meaning, you’ll be suprised if you ask about its content: one dance we saw was about the Chinese people coming to Tanna to build new roads, but the locals don’t like their heavy and noisy vehicles… 😉
Language is also an interesting topic…. There are 6 different languages on Tanna (out of 82 across complete Vanuatu). If you think you are able to communicate with the locals a little bit with your newly learned Bislama vocabulary – mmmh – no. Not even the word for „Thank you“ is the same in all these various languages.
To give you a better impression of Tanna’s people and environment here another video from us:
And some more cool impressions from the island as pictures…
…..the beaches with the locals
…. a custom village
…. the bush “supermarket” under the banyan tree
… the ashplaines around Mt. Yasur
And finally look here – our accommodation on Tanna, the treehouse and its surroundings:
In addition to a moderate traditional life on an island like Tanna, there are still tribes that live life completely according to ancient custom rules. One of these fascinating tribes is the village Yakel.
As there is a great story behind it we’ll share the insights of the „People of Yakel“ in a separate blog next time.
See you then!
With sandy & sunny regards,
Eltje and Pietro