Day 357 of Traveling the World, Mystery Island and Port Vila, Island of Efate, Vanuatu. January 23, 2019.

No people, no electricity, no running water, no internet, no phone service, BUT plenty of crystal-clear water and white-sand beaches…..this is Mystery Island! There is nothing to do here but relax. Its Melanesian name is Inyeung, but it has been called Mystery Island since World War II, when the US built a grass airstrip here to serve as a refueling station. The coral reefs surrounding the island are home to thousands of parrot fish and sea slugs. You can see the entire island, from the ship, in the first photo…it only takes about 30 minutes to walk completely around the island, and walking straight across from the dock, it took about 60 seconds to reach the other side.

There is a stone-lined path built around the island, as you can see, which made walking there very pretty. The trees with the high exposed roots are mangroves. In the following photo are some inflatables that were for rent on the beach. Had we known, we would have gone ashore prepared to rent one and float around. Alas! …. maybe next time??

The photos after the inflatables are all from yesterday, on Efate Island. Mike went on a diving tour, as Vanuatu is known for spectacular diving. First up are two of the divemasters, from Indonesia and Chile. The creepy photo after that is not a real man, but a mannequin with a wet suit and another “figure” with a bikini top. And as always, we saved the best for last…enjoy the final photo, with a message for all of us.