Tour report Tanna/ VANUATU 21. April 2008 –
27. April 2008
After a long journey over Dubai
- Noumea (New
after nearly 60 hours
finally our destination
outdoor equipment, which inserted
At first we
were told that one week before our arrival continuing rain weather was
dominating at Vanuatu. Thus
we had 2 rain days
at our beginning tour,
whereas the volcano
was possible at all.
One rain day on Tanna. Umbrellas grew
are actual on the Yasur and not on the Stromboli
way from our accomodations in Port Resolution
approx. 2 hours up to the volcano.
If you prefer the
drive, you can take the jeep.Who
want's to be closer
to the happening,
should quarter into „the jungle oasis". From there,
it is approx.
45 min up to the edge of crater.
The map gives a good overview
of the local area.
entering the park area,
you had to pay
the admission fee.
But now to the volcano. First
you pay an admission fee of 2.250 Vatu (= 15
EUR) is due.
This fee decreases to zero at your fourth staying day.
The volcanic activity of the Yasur is divided in 5 level (0-4). Starting
from level 2 lava bombs can be
over the edge. Then the danger exists to
1999 the activity reached
a high level of
3. Due to the intensive lave
outbursts, the bombs
flew several hundred meters far beyond
Even if it seems
to stand before a copy of the Stromboli the Yasur is substantially more
active and more explosive. The eruptions
arose from 4 chimneys
in an average time of five minutes, whereas
during our presence at least.
Before the eruption
material is to be seen, you can
observe pressure waves
from the explosions in
the sulfur gas clouds, which are emitted particular by the right crater.
of the eruptions
daily. While at the beginning of the week mainly high liquid lava
ejected, ash emissions
scenario at the end of
lava shreds were ejected
under a loud
far over the edge of
Some shreds measured
nearly one meter in diameter.
But note: Who visits the Yasur without Guides,
pay attention to the
wind direction in
Because the cinders
were strongly driven off by
strong west wind, the ejecta can reach
the eastern edge of crater at any time.
mortal danger exists !
Situations are particularly critical,
whereby strong gas
view on the chimneys almost to zero.
The possibility of evading a falling
cinder does not exist
After the reports
of our guides
accidents with fatal injuries
at the Yasur, was the result of
very poor view
At the end of the week the
crater nearly noiseless.
Enormous ash clouds
the environment on the
side of the Yasur.
lightnings inside the ash clouds
with loud bangs.
For a journey to the volcano
time. Air Vanuatu does not fly always according to plan. Individual
flights can fail due to technical problems,
and the weather
sometimes didn't allow
If you have time enough you sould visit the Loyality Islands which are
situated 100 km norther of Noumera. Our tip is the Island Mare. This
lime stone based island is the most untouched one. This picturesque
nature and the beaches are phenomenal South Sea idylls.
clear water in the
of Tadine, Mare. The entire island
is surrounded by a
nearly in any place ideal snorkel conditions.
Vanuatu tour 2006