Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

The beach where we landed our Zodiacs to spend the morning meeting with the local people and watch a traditional cultural performance [see our next blog post], Loh Island, Torres Islands

The beach where we landed our Zodiacs to spend the morning meeting with the local people and watch a traditional cultural performance [see our next blog post], Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

The last island we visited in Vanuatu – Loh Reef Island, with a population of about 200 — was in the country’s most northern group of islands, the Torres Islands.  The Torres Islands were among the last South Pacific Islands to be charted.  The Loh islanders still practice the subsistence agriculture and fishing practices of their ancestors.  The traditional religion of the island has been supplanted by Christianity (brought by missionaries) beginning at the end of the 19th century.  The national government helps support the local schools and the island’s medical center.  The most famous species on the islands of the Torres group is the coconut crab, which has become an important cash crop since the opening of an airstrip in Linua on Loh Island.

 

Upon approaching the beach for our landing, our Zodiac was “attacked” by fierce Loh Island warriors with their traditional weapons, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu; after we land

Upon approaching the beach for our landing, our Zodiac was “attacked” by fierce Loh Island warriors with their traditional weapons, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu; after we landed these two warriors posed for a portrait

 

The beach was full of kids and adults extending a warm welcome to their home island, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

The beach was full of kids and adults extending a warm welcome to their home island, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

 

All of the homes on the island are built in a traditional style, with 100% of the materials coming from the island, including the thatched roofs, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

All of the homes on the island are built in a traditional style, with 100% of the materials coming from the island, including the thatched roofs, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

 

A very important food source and cash crop for the islanders is the coconut crab, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu-

A very important food source and cash crop for the islanders is the coconut crab, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

 

Another family_s home with the laundry drying out front, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

Another family’s home with the laundry drying out front, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

 

All of the children on the island were very friendly and interested in their visitors, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

All of the children on the island were very friendly and interested in their visitors, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

 

We had the opportunity to visit the medical clinic that is staffed by a nurse and takes care of most medical issues for the islanders (with financial support from the national government

We had the opportunity to visit the medical clinic that is staffed by a nurse and takes care of most medical issues for the islanders (with financial support from the national government); the locals do have a small co-pay for services; Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

 

These children were very excited, as they had just gotten an ice cube to suck on – from the ice cooler that we brought ashore with bottled water for our group of Residents who were sta

These children were very excited, as they had just gotten an ice cube to suck on – from the ice cooler that we brought ashore with bottled water for our group of Residents who were staying for the traditional cultural performance, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

 

The interior of the Seventh Day Adventist church in the middle of the village, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu; it is one of several churches on an island with a population of only 2

The interior of the Seventh Day Adventist church in the middle of the village, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu; it is one of several churches on an island with a population of only 200

 

The smile says it all – the entire community was warm and welcoming, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

The smile says it all – the entire community was warm and welcoming, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

 

Terrific views out the front doors of these homes near the beach, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu-

Terrific views out the front doors of these homes near the beach, Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

 

One thought on “Loh Island, Torres Islands, Vanuatu

  1. What a great adventure Rich. How big are those crabs?? Kind of looks like a beetle. The photo of that little girl smiling belongs on the cover of National Geographic.

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