In the present day Norm Goldman, Editor of and is honored to have as a visitor, Ian Heydon, creator, journey author, award- profitable comedy author, artist and knowledgeable on Vanuatu, Fiji and Prepare dinner Islands

Ian is right here to speak to us as we speak about his experience pertaining to those unique islands.

Good day Ian and it’s nice to have you ever settle for our invitation to take part on this interview!


Are you able to inform our readers one thing about your self and your experience pertaining to Vanuatu, Fiji and Prepare dinner Islands.


I first went to Fiji in 1993 and easily fell in love with the tropics, the nice and cozy, picture-postcard waters and the relaxed rhythm of life normally. I went again the next yr and bought my PADI Open Water Dive accreditation and, after one other couple of journeys realised I used to be working just about with a aim to journey extra.

As I had a reasonably profitable profession as a author, I made a decision to see if I may write about journey and kill two birds with the one pen. In 1999, we took a household vacation to Vanuatu, the place my spouse Annie and I gave one another a Renewal of Vows’ ceremony as an anniversary present.

I felt mechanically at house in Vanuatu and, as luck would have it, Annie was provided a job educating at Port Vila Worldwide Faculty. We determined that it might be an journey, particularly for the youngsters (then aged 7 and three). Our 12-month contract prolonged to 3 unbelievable years, throughout which period I bought to write down loads, together with my journey guide on Australia, The Small Information to A Large Nation.

After leaving Vanuatu I purchased a journey agent’s licence to concentrate on taking folks, significantly honeymooners to this fascinating and rewarding a part of the world. What I believed can be a passion shortly grew to become a enterprise and in early 2004 I visited the Prepare dinner Islands and fell in love with one other Pacific vacation spot.

2004 additionally noticed visits to New Caledonia, Fiji and three journeys to Vanuatu. And I am actually enthusiastic about my first journey to Samoa this yr. Whereas I haven’t got any precise publications on the Pacific islands, I’ve three complete info web sites, Vanuatu A to Z, Fiji A to Zand Prepare dinner Islands A to Z.


May you inform our readers the place these islands are positioned and an thought as to what differentiates one island from one other from the standpoint of topography, local weather, and anything you contemplate completely different?


For me, residing in Australia, Vanuatu and Fiji are so accessible, being just some hours away. Visiting the Prepare dinner Islands means a stopover in New Zealand, however it’s nonetheless simply two meals and two films. For People, the Prepare dinner Islands and Fiji are extra accessible than Vanuatu (requires a cease in Fiji to attach or to be taken as a aspect journey from Australia or New Zealand). The local weather in all locations is analogous, tropical with no nice vary in temperatures however it could actually get very humid in the summertime months. These months are historically moist however El Nino appears to have modified that. Within the Prepare dinner Islands, when it rains, they name it liquid sunshine. The nice and cozy water temperatures imply swimming is feasible all yr spherical.

ยท Vanuatu is by far essentially the most primitive, if that is the fitting phrase. Whereas Port Vila is a contemporary city with good infrastructure, glorious resorts and nice eating places, on lots of the outer islands the ni-Vanuatu folks dwell conventional village lives (ni-Vanuatu technique of Vanuatu).

Cannibalism is a part of the historical past and the final recorded case was in 1969, the yr Armstrong and Aldrin took that one small step for man. Vanuatu additionally has various energetic volcanoes, together with Mt Yasur, which is accessible and rewarding. Due to this, small earth tremors are widespread. Till 1980, when Vanuatu grew to become an impartial nation, the nation was known as the New Hebrides, a condominium, collectively run by the British and the French. There have been each French and English colleges, hospitals, police forces and, for a time, they even drove on either side of the highway!

Fiji is analogous in topography, with out the energetic volcanoes. For me, that is extra a resort vacation spot. Whereas there may be definitely loads to discover, most guests normally select one or two resorts for his or her trip.

The Fijian persons are heat, outgoing (you’ll be able to’t go wherever with out being greeted with a beaming smile and Bula) and are much more akin to residing on island time than the Indian inhabitants. It is a completely happy combine for vacationers nonetheless, because the Indians just about make the enterprise aspect of issues run easily.

The Prepare dinner Islands additionally has rugged mountains, lush vegetation and pristine Azure certifications waters however a really completely different really feel. The native persons are Polynesian, not Melanesian, and comfortably marry the sensuality of Polynesia with a Christian lifestyle. It was from right here that the Maori folks adopted migrating birds of their canoes to find New Zealand. Today within the Cooks, English is spoken with a Kiwi accent and the foreign money is the New Zealand greenback (which makes it nice worth for US vacationers). Against this, the Fijian persons are round 50% Fijian and 50% Indian. The ni-Vanuatu persons are much more shy however simply as pleasant and welcoming. And, as their tourism slogan says, one other time, one other tempo.

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How protected is it to journey to those islands?


I discover these locations the most secure on the planet. Sure, it’s possible you’ll discover petty crime, as you’ll wherever, however on the entire persons are far much less materially minded and maybe extra household oriented. Our three years in Vanuatu had been a reminder of when the world was a less complicated and safer place the youngsters would nip off down the lagoon to play unsupervised and we knew they had been protected& or a father would load a dozen youngsters into the again of his truck and head out for a seaside picnic no seatbelts but in addition no worries& it was a spot the place youngsters had been allowed to be youngsters.

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