Riri Riri River and Blue Hole, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

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The coastline around Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, has many beaches with small “resorts” having been built up over the past few decades

 

Espiritu Santo (commonly referred to as “Santo”) is the largest and generally regarded as perhaps the slowest moving of the Vanuatu islands.  Luganville is a quiet, unassuming town at the eastern end of Espiritu Santo.  On the morning of our visit to Luganville, we opted for a Zodiac ride and wet landing to a beach where he boarded a van for a ride to the location on the Riri Riri River where we could board a traditional island outrigger canoe to paddle to Santo’s largest Blue Hole.  Along the way we journeyed through lush, pristine jungle on the river that had fresh water fish and birds singing overhead.  At the deep water Blue Hole, we had an hour for swimming and watched some friends performing “Tarzan swings” from a vine rope tied to a tree to jump into the water.

 

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A tapestry printed with a map of the islands of Vanuatu was for sale (with others) in an open air market as we returned from the Riri Riri River and Blue Hole, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

 

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Our intrepid explorer and your blogger in a traditional island outrigger canoe on the Riri Riri River, heading to Santo’s largest Blue Hole, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

 

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Canoeing down the Riri Riri River to the Blue Hole, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

 

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A view of the Riri Riri River from our outrigger canoe, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

 

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The waters of the deep Blue Hole really are blue, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

 

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The Riri Riri River Blue Hole was a perfect spot for a morning swim, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

 

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This beautiful flower was in bloom by the side of the Riri Riri River, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

 

 

2 thoughts on “Riri Riri River and Blue Hole, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

  1. Very good photos of the Riri Riri River, Richard, congrats! And I can see the Intrepid Explorer and you were having an amazing time. Lots of love to you both 💖 Lella 😘

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