Going with the Fiji flow

  Gently bobbing in the port of Suva, the Pacific Hope’s white hull stands out in stark contrast to the green hills and hazy skies of Fiji. The humidity parts like a thick, invisible curtain to let the sea breeze peek through. It makes the palm trees dance and sway, giving the large wharf a…

Sailing through the trails

On Monday, June 29 the crew crowded on the deck of the Pacific Hope like immigrants clapping eyes on the Statue of Liberty for the first time. They gazed hopefully at the sun-speckled ocean that stretched out to the islands as the ship plowed toward open sea. The Pacific Hope was finally out of port…

Three full days in Vanuatu

I was recently on a flight to NZ returning from a 3 day fact-finding mission to Vanuatu, assessing the damage following Cyclone Pam’s 300 kph trail of destruction. Arriving in Vanuatu it was clear the countryside had been decimated – as if by a gigantic lawn mower. Frondless coconut trees, corrugated iron debris and flattened…