Travel Photo Challenge Day 10 – Tanna

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I’ve been nominated by some fellow bloggers, Tony and Margie with Back Roads and Other Stories as well as Jyothi with Travel Explore Enjoy, to post one favorite travel picture a day for ten days without explanation, then to nominate someone else to participate.  That’s 10 days, 10 travel pictures, and 10 nominations.  It is my understanding that the idea behind the challenge is to expose audiences to new bloggers and vice versa.  I’m always up for helping fellow bloggers, so I have accepted the challenge. 

That said, my rule following self is going to follow Tony and Margie’s lead and break a handful of them.  First, while a picture paints a 1,000 words, I’m incapable of posting a photo without some explanation.  Sometimes the story makes the image that much more special.  Second, though not specified, I think the intent is to post 10 days in a row.  I’ll be lucky if I post 10 weeks in a row. I also may post more than one photo at times.

Tanna, Vanuatu

My final travel photo for the challenge is from Tanna, part of the Island chain of Vanuatu.  I visited Tanna as part of a six-week tour of the South Pacific.  I visited mostly off the beaten path places rather than popular places like Fiji.

It was hard to decide how much time to allot to each little island in Vanuatu, but I am so glad I ended up on Tanna for a few days.  The island is very remote, and the locals with cars help out the less fortunate by giving them a ride from one side to the other as they run errands to the few stores.

The tiny airport is on the west of the island while the main attraction, Mount Yasur is on the east side.  If you couldn’t tell from the image, Mount Yasur is an active volcano, and touring it was one of the highlights of my entire six-week adventure!

mount yasur in tanna, vanuatu

Had I known if I toured it twice, the third visit was free, I might have considered visiting morning, noon, and night!  Obviously, the sunrise and sunset tours allow both day and night visits as the sky changes colors.  The midday spot, however, includes a hike!

Regardless, I wanted to visit in the evening, and it did not disappoint.  We got to stand on the rim without a guardrail and look down into the active volcano where lava snapped, crackled, and popped.  It was sooooo cool!  I loved seeing the lava spew from all angles.

I had hoped I would see the lava, but it seems like most volcano tours I’ve done in Hawaii and Nicaragua, the hot, molten substance has been non-existent.  As a result, visiting Tanna and Mount Yasur was extra special!

There are some other attractions on the island like hot springs, beaches, and tribal villages, but if your time is limited, you can buy a one-day tour from Port Villa, another island in Vanuatu. 

I’m not sure why I am so fascinated by lava, but it is probably because I know I can’t touch it.  If anyone else is as fascinated by lava as I am, Mount Yasur is a must see.

The last few times I’ve nominated someone for this challenge, they had already completed it! Consequently, for my final nomination, I volunteer anyone who wants to do the challenge.  It is always nice to see awesome travel photos!  ETB

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Beth Bankhead

Former public finance professional turned award winning travel blogger and photographer sharing the earth's beauty one word and image at a time.

6 thoughts on “Travel Photo Challenge Day 10 – Tanna

  1. I thought “volcano” when I saw the photo, but never would have guessed where! What a dramatic spot. You have certainly frequented unusual places!

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