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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Will you #AnswerTheCall? Tok Tok Vanuatu 2019

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Lisa Ellen Niverhttp://www.wesaidgotravel.com/
Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 213 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments in December 2019 and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. Niver won a Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and has been nominated as a finalist for five other broadcast television segments, print and digital articles over the last three years. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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Thank you to Tok Tok Vanuatu and Vanuatu Tourism Office for inviting me to #AnswerTheCall and explore Port Vila, Tanna and Santo. Please enjoy these videos from our adventures and see my upcoming posts to find out everything we explored! VideoJoin me at Tok Tok Vanuatu 2019 to #AnswerTheCall

Join us at the Warwick Le Lagoon Hotel in Port Vila for Tok Tok Vanuatu 2019! There were 1020 scheduled appointments to promote tourism in Vanuatu.

Where did we dine for Tok Tok 2019?
We had dinner on the runway at the Airport!
Well, actually we were next to the runway but it was AMAZING to watch the planes land and listen to the music by Island Soul!

Answer the call with me in Vanuatu! Let’s find authentic adventure, culture and explore history together in my videos from my trip with Vanuatu Tourism Office for Tok Tok 2019. Watch all of my video journey https://wesaidgotravel.com/vanuatu

VIDEO: 1 Our Flight to Vanuatu on Fiji Airways

In this first video, we are traveling on Fiji Airways from Nadi, Fiji to Port Vila, Vanuatu. I flew earlier in the week from Los Angeles to Nadi also on Fiji Airways. Sue, Mandy, Tree and I are excited to go to Tanna this week to see Mount Yasur volcano. I loved watching the islands out of my window on the flight, I even saw a rainbow. My first trip to Vanuatu was in 2007 and I am so excited to return and have my first trip to Tanna and return to Santo for scuba diving.

Where to stay in Vanuatu? I loved visiting The Havannah which has recently been named a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. This is the 4th of the lodges I have seen or stayed at and they really are all amazing! I cannot wait to visit them all!

There are 4 garden villas, 6 waterfront villas, 5 Lagoon pool villas and 2 deluxe villas where the chef can come and cook for you. All the rooms have king size beds as well as a day beds and some have plunge pools! Which will you choose? I loved the table by the water at the end of the pier. Make sure to look up at the roof of the restaurant it was made with 15,000 sheets of Natagoura Palm Trees!

Make sure to go on their special tour to visit the 3000 year old Lipita pottery and visit Chief Roi Mata’s elaborate grave. He was a powerful 13th century chief who worked to peacefully unify the tribes. The tribes were named by their favorite thing so there was coconut, yam, stone, octopus, and breadfruit clan. His grave with skeletons from over 25 clan members was discovered by French archaeologist Jose Garranger in 1967 and inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2008.

While you are visiting look out to sea, you may see dugong which are protected in Vanuatu or turtles. Guests can visit the Hawksbill turtle nursery and sanctuary.  It is possible that you might even see whales in the deep harbor which was where the 6th fleet was during World War 2.

Let’s Visit Hideaway Island Resort & Marine Sanctuary

 

At Hideaway Island Resort & Marine Sanctuary, you can mail a postcard underwater! Buy it in the gift shop and mail your card. You can also go on a snorkel safari, glass bottom boat or scuba dive. It is a marine protected area.

They have rooms for families, dorms and space for your wedding. There is wreck diving, colorful color and you might see white tip reef sharks. It is close enough to town that you can easily go by bus but at night it feels like you are far away on your private island. I loved the view down to Hideaway Island from the Jungle Zipline!

Where to stay in Port Vila, Vanuatu? We loved our stay at Nasama Resort

Our home away from home for TOK TOK 2019 was Nasama resort. I loved my balcony with a view of the ocean and sunrise. It was the perfect place to hula hoop and set up my laptop. The rooms are large and have a full kitchen. I loved the pool and the restaurant, Cafe Vila.They also have two bedrooms and are building a second restaurant.

During Tok Tok Vanuatu, I went to visit the National Museum of Vanuatu in Port Vila.

Are You READY to #AnswerTheCall of adventure? You need to go on the Vanuatu Jungle Zipline!

I loved the Vanuatu Jungle Zipline. Thank you to Leo, Mello, Kasey and Joe for a great adventure and for all your help with my photos and video. I had a blast and would definitely go again.

The views of the rainforest, ocean and canyon are spectacular. People of all ages are welcome and I loved the 6 ziplines and two suspension bridges.

There are two courses and you wear a full body harness. I got picked up in town and they are located in Mele Bay which is high above Hideaway Island. You can see the island in my video!

What else did we do? Look for Part 2, 3 and 4 with Tanna and Santo where we hiked up a volcano, scuba dived to deep depths on the S.S. Coolidge and swam in the clear blue waters of Champagne Beach!

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