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Island hopping in an unknown South Sea paradise

date of entry 20/10/2011
mileage 774,587

capital Port Vila

area 12.190 km²

population 243.304

GDP 710 M. US-Dollar

official language Bislama/English/French

Definitely one of the least familiar countries to Europeans on Otto’s journey: the island state of Vanuatu is very large, but consists mainly of water. Nevertheless, Gunther Holtorf and his son Martin visited the island with Otto shortly after the death of Gunther’s wife Christine. They found beautiful places where they could rest and relax.
  • Otto left the island kingdom of Vanuatu in a less glamorous way: on this combined container ship and ferry.
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  • Vanuatu had a stunning panorama to offer. In 2011, Gunther Holtorf visited the island state in the Pacific, which is north-east of Australia. Around 243,000 people live on the archipelago.
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  • "The atmosphere there is very pleasant for tourists," said Gunther Holtorf. Vanuatu has beautiful rainforests which clothe its low hills in a picturesque shade of green.
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  • The islands have a tropical climate. The temperature generally ranges between 20 and 30 degrees. Coconut plantations cover large areas.
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  • An important industry in Vanuatu is cattle farming. Settlers from the Western colonial powers brought the animals to the island.
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  • Holtorf, who was travelling with his son Martin, often found spectacular locations to spend the night.
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  • The deep blue water attracted sailors to Vanuatu.
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  • Taking a break against an impressive backdrop: Otto rested in the shade of this majestic tree with its many aerial roots.
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  • Around 50,000 people live in the capital of Vanuatu. The city, which is located on the island of Efate, is the most important industrial centre of the archipelago.
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  • Where the ships carrying colonial expeditions docked in the past, huge cruise liners now drop anchor. The island group is a very popular holiday destination for New Zealanders and Australians. For the residents, tourism is an important source of income.
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