25 June 2013 Luganville-Santo

Pulled into Luganville to a marching band playing Waltzing Matilda and doing the macarena. Market stalls set up along he street to the town.
Pat and I got the mini bus to the ‘Canoe the Riri River’ tour. There was a long wait to get in a canoe with constant tours going through.
Glided silently through the water seeing the bottom clearly with jungle on either side. Swam in a beautiful brilliant blue water hole. We swim around a while and I try out the GoPro underwater. Nearly lose it as it comes off my head. Grab it just in time or it would have went to the bottom of the 30m pool! Others jumped in from a rope hanging in a tree. Pat and I took a walk around the site. Our guide offered to show us around including where the fresh water spring starts. The tree roots run along the ground like vines. We saw a brilliant yellow spider, luminous lizards, indigenous cabbage. It was a personalised tour as he comes from the area and showed us things we would never have noticed. Back into the canoes to the start where the vans are waiting to take us back to the ship.
We have lunch and immediately go out again to see the town. Catch a taxi but could have walked the distance it’s so short. That was a quick $5. See a frangipani tree in the street with a fern growing in it. Walked along to Unity Park where Sarakata River is and see the Chief’s Nakamal now a cafe. On to the fruit and veg market where they use woven baskets for storage. See a real estate agent with houses available for $2.2M AUD. Walked back along the street to the market for last minute gifts. Plenty of locals are singing for donations.
Have dinner at Waterfront Restaurant. Felix the waiter amuses us with his antics. After we collect more photos from the cruise and a photo album to put them in. We have heaps. Went to Connexions to listen to the band but I was so tired I went to bed at 9pm.

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