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Champagne Beach is a popular beach located on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu. It is famous for its beautiful white sandy beaches, one of the best in the South Pacific. It is visited regularly by tourists and cruise boats from Australia. Its waters are very clear.

Champagne Beach is located in adjacent and close proximity to Hog Harbor village on the northeast of Santo.

Espiritu Santo is the largest island in the nation of Vanuatu, with an area of 3,955.5 km2 (1,527.2 sq mi).

It belongs to the archipelago of the New Hebrides in the Pacific region of Melanesia. It is in the Sanma Province of Vanuatu. The town of Luganville, on Espiritu Santo's southeast coast, is Vanuatu's second-largest settlement and the provincial capital. Roads run north and west... Read more

Champagne Bay, Vanuatu

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Champagne Beach is a popular beach located on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu. It is famous for its beautiful white sandy beaches, one of the best in the South Pacific. It is visited regularly by tourists and cruise boats from Australia. Its waters are very clear.

Champagne Beach is located in adjacent and close proximity to Hog Harbor village on the northeast of Santo.

Espiritu Santo is the largest island in the nation of Vanuatu, with an area of 3,955.5 km2 (1,527.2 sq mi).

It belongs to the archipelago of the New Hebrides in the Pacific region of Melanesia. It is in the Sanma Province of Vanuatu. The town of Luganville, on Espiritu Santo's southeast coast, is Vanuatu's second-largest settlement and the provincial capital. Roads run north and west from Luganville but most of the island is far from the limited road network.

Vanuatu's highest peak is the 1879 metre (6165 foot) Mount Tabwemasana in west-central Espiritu Santo.

In 1998, Santo hosted the Melanesia Cup.

History

A Spanish expedition led by Portuguese explorer Pedro Fernandes de Queirós, established a settlement in 1606 at Big Bay on the north side of the island. Espiritu Santo takes its name from Queirós, who named the entire island group La Austrialia del Espíritu Santo in acknowledgment of the Spanish king's descent from the royal House of Austria, and believing he had arrived in the Great Southern Continent, Terra Australis. During the time of the British–French Condominium, Hog Harbour, on the northeast coast, was the site of the British district administration, while Segond, near Luganville was the French district administration. ID check at the entrance to the base during WWIIDuring World War II, particularly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the island was used by Allied forces as a military supply and support base, naval harbor, and airfield. In highly fictionalized form, it is the locale of James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific and the subsequent Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, South Pacific. The presence of the Allies later contributed to the island's diving tourism, as the United States dumped most of their equipment and refuse at what is now known as 'Million Dollar Point'. Another wreck off Espiritu Santo, the SS President Coolidge, is also a popular diving spot. The SS President Coolidge was a converted luxury liner that hit a mine during the war.

Between May and August 1980 the island was the site of a rebellion during the transfer of power over the colonial New Hebrides from the condominium to independent Vanuatu. Jimmy Stevens' Nagriamel movement, in alliance with private French interests and backed by the Phoenix Foundation and American libertarians hoping to establish a tax-free haven, declared the island of Espiritu Santo independent of the new government. A Republic of Vemerana was proclaimed on May 28. France recognized the independence on June 3. On June 5 the tribal chiefs of Santo named the French Ambassador Philippe Allonneau "King of Vemerana", Jimmy Stevens became Prime Minister. Luganville is renamed Allonneaupolis. But negotiations with Port-Vila failed and from July 27 to August 18, British Royal Marines and a unit of the French Garde Mobile were deployed to the Vanuatu's capital island but did not invade Espiritu Santo as the soon-to-be government had hoped. The troops were recalled shortly before independence. Following independence, Vanuatu, now governed by Father Walter Lini, requested assistance from Papua New Guinea, whose forces invaded and conquered Espiritu Santo.

 


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Champagne Bay, Vanuatu: Port Information


Cruise ships anchor offshore, passengers transport to shore via tender.

What to see in Champagne Bay, Vanuatu


Beautiful white sandy beaches, one of the best in the South Pacific, will leave you speechless. Spend a day on the beach.

What to do in Champagne Bay, Vanuatu


Snorkeling is a must! Or diving.

Safety in Champagne Bay, Vanuatu


Vanuatu is, on the whole, a safe and friendly environment. You are unlikely to encounter any trouble unless you do something extremely provocative, though crime rates are said to be increasing, particularly in Port Vila at night. Take the same precautions you would anywhere else.

If wandering the back streets of Vila and Luganville, beware of dogs and (at weekends) obnoxious drunks, but nearly everyone else you meet on the streets in Vanuatu is astonishingly friendly and hospitable.

In rural Vanuatu, men and women do not socialise freely together, and gender relations are extremely old-fashioned. Whilst the status of women is improving, and female visitors are often treated with respect not accorded to local women, there are still a few men who know no better way of getting to know women than sexually assaulting them at random. Rates of sexual violence are high in Vanuatu, like elsewhere in Melanesia, and although local women are the main victims, female visitors occasionally find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Women should therefore never wander alone.

There are no seriously poisonous snakes, spiders, or insects on Vanuatu. However, there are various poisonous aquatic animals that you should beware of if you are swimming, snorkeling, or diving in the area. The most dangerous of these is the stonefish.

The large centipedes found in urban areas are not deadly but their bite is painful enough to ruin your holiday. Beware too of the tiny red 'fire ant', an imported pest now spreading through some areas.

Language spoken in Champagne Bay, Vanuatu


Vanuatu has the highest density of languages per capita in the world - over 100 native languages are spoken throughout the archipelago. The official languages, however, are English, French and Bislama.

English and French are taught in schools, but badly. Most ni-Vanautu can make use of one or both of these languages if they're forced to, and those working in tourism speak them well, but visitors should make an effort to speak clearly, and remember that ni-Vanuatu are often too embarrassed to admit when they don't understand you.

The glue that binds Vanuatu's people and languages together - English, French, and the many local language groups - is Bislama. Though you may hear ignorant comments about Bislama being unstructured or limited, in fact it's a sophisticated yet easy-to-learn language that does its job of bridging Vanuatu's many linguistic divisions fantastically well. It is the only language that can be understood and spoken by nearly everyone in Vanuatu, generally as a second language but with a large number of native speakers in Port Vila and Luganville. Bislama is a creole language which combines a typically Melanesian grammar with an English-based vocabulary, making it easy to learn by speakers of either, and mixes flexibly with its parent languages (or, as some put it, 'corrupts' them). A Bislama dictionary is available - 'A New Bislama Dictionary,' by the late Terry Crowley - but it's expensive and somewhat out of date.

Some common Bislama words/phrases include:

I / me - mi
Him / her / it - hem (neither masculine nor feminine)
This here - hemia
Us / we - yumi (including the person you're talking to), mifala (not including the person you're talking to)
You / you (plural) - yu / yufala
I do not know/understand - mi no save (pronounced savvy)
See you later / ta ta - Lukim yu/ tata
I am going now - ale (French derivation of allez) mi go
One / two / three - wan / tu / tri
How much (is that) - hamas (long hem)
Plenty or many - plante
Filled to capacity / overfilled - fulap / fulap tumas (too much)
Day / evening / night - dei / sava (literally supper) / naet
Hot / cold - hot / kolkol
What / what is that - wanem / wanem ia
Why - from wanem
How - olsem wanem
Please / thank you / sorry (very sorry) - plis / tangkyu / sori (sori tumas) - sorry too much
Do you know - yu save (pronounced savee)

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