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|Page: Travel Bug 53 - July 2009 Vanuatu travel news|
There are two Vanuatu Oceans Swims held every year. The Vanuatu Ocean Swim Port Vila and the Espiritu Santo Aore Swim, held on the 13th and 16th of June, saw record numbers at both events, with many previous competitors returning. The Espiritu Santo swim in particular saw a big increase in swimmers, with family and friends enjoying the swim and the variety of tours, adventures and great diving to be had on the 'Big Island'.
Many swimmers this year extended their stay and took the opportunity to visit Tanna and the magical Yasur volcano. On Swim Safari in Vanuatu: The day after the Espiritu Santo Aore Swim eight of us set off on the first stage of a seven day swimming, cultural, culinary, sense-searing adventure, taking in Espiritu Santo, Aniwa and Tanna. (Source: Pacific Swim Newsletter)
During this time there will also be two long distance races along the pristine coastline between Pango and Mele Bay's Hideaway Island Resort. As in previous years, the show than most of Port Vila will come to watch is the freestyle and air time competition on the final two days, the weekend of the 15-16 August. (Source: VTO Island Nius)
The Pacific Youth Festival is an event that is celebrated every four years by youth within the Pacific region. The first Pacific Youth Festival was held in Tahiti in 2006. This year it is in the beautiful island of Fiji. About 300 young people from around the region have gathered this week in Suva, Fiji, for the 2nd Pacific Youth Festival, which runs from 11–18 July. The festival was launched on Saturday morning when youth delegates from 14 participating Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), wearing colourful Pacific prints, marched through the streets of Suva.
The theme of the 2nd Pacific Youth Festival is “Actioning the Youth Agenda”. PICTs participating in the festival are: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna. Student delegations from French Polynesia and New Caledonia have also travelled to the festival. (Source: Pacific Pulse)
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