Mt Yasur, the power of the earth.

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Mt. Yasur as seen from the sea.


We arrived in Vanuatu on a Friday at noon, just in time to clear into the country through the southernmost island of Aneityum.

The crossing went fast. Lots of wind and big seas or very light winds and spinnaker.

But we had a good rest until we headed for Tanna.

Tanna got devastated by cyclone Pam in March and most villages lost their houses and the vegetation got destroyed, but the privileged soil and rain have Tanna looking all green again, although the people in the villages say it does not look the same. Crops and all sorts of vegetables are plentiful. Fruit still needs some months before it will be ready for harvest.

But at least there is food on the island and most villages have been built up from scratch again.

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The villages have been rebuilt quick, with community effort and thanks to the use of traditional building methods.

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Irepuow for example, with the leadership of it’s chief and the  collective effort of the whole village was rebuilt months after the cyclone created havoc.

The call was that everybody helped rebuilt every house with following priorities:

  1. if there had been casualties and children without parents, they got their huts first
  2. widows were to have their homes up as a second priority
  3. families were next
  4. men’s huts and last but not least, the chief’s house that had gotten destroyed as well.

Such is life in these communities. Everybody is there for another and teamwork and cooperation takes them a long way.

We anchored in Port Resolution, still called this way after Capt. James Cook anchored here on his second Pacific voyage and in honor of his own ship.

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New canoes are being built, sign that life if getting back to normal.

Having been there 15 years ago we wondered how much would have changed and for good or bad we can say, not much.

Obviously everybody, or almost, has a mobile phone now, but the fisherman still paddle out in their dugout canoes, the huts are still built out of natural materials and the friendliness and politeness of the Ni-Vanuatu seems unchanged.

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We met Stanley and Shera who amazingly still remembered us from when the Osprey had taken the whole village to the bay further north, for their Friday Jon From cult day. Stanley was a 17 year old boy. We think that oral history and tradition might be the reason why people throughout the pacific have shown such amazing memory and the capacity to remember our names, all six of them!! , in a way that is almost embarrassing, since we have such a hard time remembering theirs.

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Two days later, we decided to walk up to Mt. Yasur, the sacred volcano. It was a 4 hour walk and everybody was getting excited as we neared the mountain and heard the rumbling from a distance. The closer we got, the more it sounded like a fierce, guttural blast. It was an unforgettable experience. One that had impressed us 15 years ago and one that we were able to share all together this time. It was incredible!! (see video below)

Mt.Yasur walk



von Ainara

Von dem Vulkan in Tanna hatten wir schon immer gehört. Als wir noch klein waren erzählten Mama und Papa uns von diesem Vulkan in Vanuatu der noch Lava spuckte und wir waren immer beeindruckt.

Als wir vor einigen Tagen in Tanna ankamen, war es wie ein Traum der wahr wurde.

Wir packten Schuhe, und Rucksäcke und machten uns auf dem Weg um die 4 Stunden zum Vulkan zu laufen. Wir liefen durch viele schöne Dörfer und je mehr wir uns dem Vulkan näherten, desto lauter wurden die Explosionen. Die Landschaft änderte sich und wechselte vom tropischen Regenwald zu einem trockenen Gebiet was aussah wie die Wüste.

Als wir am Krater ankamen, sahen wir unsere erste Explosion. Wir waren in diesem Moment ganz alleine und der Knall war so laut, dass wir alle erschraken. Wir gingen zur rechten Seite des Vulkans und hörten plötzlich einen riesigen Knall und ein Lavastein ging höher als die anderen. Ich sah alles in Slow Motion der Lavastein flog über unsere Köpfe und landete 30 m hinter uns. Nach diesem Schrecken entschieden wir uns zur anderen Seite zu gehen wo man in den Krater sehen konnte. Das Lava wurde rot nach dem Sonnenuntergang was uns ein unglaubliches Spektakel von Lichtern gab aber dass gröllen der “Hölle“ war immer noch beängstigend. Ein Mann fuhr uns mit seinem Jeep zurück nach Port Resolution wo Lumbaz vor Anker lag. Im Vulkan habe ich erst gesehen wie viel Kraft die Erde hatte und es hat mir sehr viel Respekt gegeben.



We are currently in Port Vila, the capital on the island of Efate and will be sailing up north tomorrow. This is the last port we have for some serious provisioning for the next 4 or 5 months, so days have been hectic and busy again.


3 thoughts on “Mt Yasur, the power of the earth.

  1. Judith September 21, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    Que maravilla familia, gracias por compartir ¡¡¡ Os enviamos un abrazote bien grande desde Sant Pere ¡¡ Los Dilli

  2. Ander Aginako Arri September 22, 2015 / 3:59 am


    • lumbazander September 24, 2015 / 12:10 am

      Que ilusion oir de ti, Ander.
      Los videos los editamos en equipo, cada uno aporta su granito de arena.
      Un fuerte abrazo de Ambrym.

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