|Sat 07/17||NSFA - Apia, Samoa / UTC -11:00||NVVV - Port Vila, Vanuatu / UTC +11:00|
|Departure||Enroute||Arrival||Distance||Avg. Spd.||Max. Spd.||Max. Alt.||Fuel|
|Estimated||09:00 (20:00Z)||07:44||+1 14:44 (+1 03:44Z)||1,161||124|
|Actual||09:29 (20:29Z)||08:54||+1 16:23 (+1 05:23Z)||1,190||134||175||8,560|
The weather conditions on this leg are similar to the previous leg, that is over closer equatorial Pacific. Still during the slightly cooler dry season, en route and destination weather should be under weather free conditions.
|Temperature in Vanuatu||Low: 68°F, High: 83°F|
|July Precipitation||3.6 Inches|
|Winds Aloft at 7,000 to 10,000 Feet||From the southeast at 10 MPH|
An early Saturday departure had us in Vanuatu arriving Sunday afternoon. Shortly after take off we had crossed the International Date Line and lost a day. There was no ground handler to meet us so we just did the formalities ourselves.
Port Vila, the capital city offered us the Melanesian Hotel at the edge of the city. Fairly nice. The Rossi's Restaurant was recommended. Its harbor front view and fine food were a delight.
Monday morning out to the airport to fuel the airplane, lunch at Rossi's, Chinatown shopping for Ed's sandals. No luck. But good souvenirs at the public market. Our chosen driver "Moses" suggested dinner at an elegant lagoon front restaurant. Fish du jour, excellent but pricey.
Photo Courtesy of Ed Galkin or Dick Sollner
Our ground handler in Apia, Utine Ah Chong from Polynesian Airlines, posing in front of one of the company aircraft