On this beautiful sunny day in Vanuatu, Port Vila is back in the tourism business. Cyclone Pam has had a huge impact on our small island nation. But Port Vila is cleaning up and getting back to a sense of normality. Aid is getting to the outer islands, which were more affected than our capital and less able to help themselves. Port Vila itself has got back up, dusted herself off and is returning to the tropical holiday destination it was before the storm. The trees are getting new leaves and the rest of the gardens are shooting again.
As we went to work this morning we saw the Pacific Dawn cruise ship pulling into the port. Tourist are in town, shopping and in the restaurants and the tour operators are back on their feet and a whole range of fun activities are back on offer. The majority of the redVanuatu tours are now back up and running in and around Port Vila.
Big Blue diving and snorkeling is fully functional with dives to wrecks and reefs untouched by the cyclone. Have a look a the video they posted showing the reef after Pam. Lelepa Tours are operating a normal schedule for their island tour and their fishing boats were undamaged by the storm. Buggy rides are all going again. The helicopters were involved in the emergency response but are now taking tourist tours again. Ecotours are running walking, cycling and river kayaking tours as usual. Sea kayaking tours are running from the Beach Bar in Mele village. These are just a few of the tours up and running and waiting for tourists to come and have fun in Vanuatu. Vanuatu is still smiling.