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Cruises visiting Vanikoro & all Vanikoro cruises for  2020

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Vanikoro (500 Melanesians and 800 Polynesians) is one of the Santa Cruz Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. They lie 400 km to the SE of the main Solomon Islands Chain and are part of that country. They lie just north of Vanuatu, and are part of the Vanuatu rain forest ecoregion. Vanikoro is actually two inhabited islands, Banie and its small neighbour Teanu, plus smaller islands, all surrounded by a single belt of coral reef. The islands are mostly composed of limestone and volcanic ash. Old lava flows are still visible. The highest point of Vanikoro is 924m.

The annual rainfall is 5000 mm. Vanikoro once had the largest amount of kauri trees in the Solomons, but they have mostly been logged. Most of the main island is still heavily forested. Melanesian and Polynesian villages maintain their separate ethnic heritages. Vising ships anchor outside the reef, and Zodiacs enter through narrow passages. Bring a gift for the village chief. Sustenance comes from fish, coconuts, yams, corn, and chickens. Expect to be greeted with colourful dancers wearing garlands of flowers and leaves. See a memorial to La Perouse’s men.

The Santa Cruz Islands were just south of one a major sea battle during WWII, and seaplanes were based on the eastern side of the island. A recognisable ocean-going outrigger canoe from the Santa Cruz Islands features a ‘crab claw’ sail, one of the most efficient sail types known. Interestingly, Jules Verne dedicates a chapter of his novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to the stranding of the great French explorer Jean-François de La Pérouse’s two ships on Vanikoro in 1788, from which there were only two survivors. The French-flagged exploration vessel La Perouse (of Ponant Yacht Cruises), sails this region and honours the French Pacific explorers of the 18th C.

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