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Photo of the Week: The Children of Yakel Village, Tanna, Vanuatu

  • John Nicholls (Photo and Text)
  • 7 August 2011

Living what some outsiders would consider a feral existence is normal to the children of Yakel, a ‘Kastom’ village on the island of Tanna in the Vanuatu archipelago. The settlement is referred to locally as a Nambas village – the Nambas being the sole item of apparel worn by men, hiding their private parts. This means that the village rejects everything introduced by the Western world. The children will never go to school. Their clothing, food and entertainment will be provided solely by the forest in which they live.

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Photo of the Week: Fish of Espiritu Santo Island, Vanuatu

  • John Nicholls (photo and text)
  • 7 May 2011

Looking at the world from a reflected perspective can produce far superior images than one’s attempt at orchestrating it. Reflections can completely alter the image from something fairly straightforward to a more artistic, whimsical abstract. I especially like using water, as the liquid medium not only reflects but absorbs light in space, often with subject matter suspended in that potential energy.

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Who’s Who in Vanuatu: An Interview with a Local Travel Expert

  • WHL Group
  • 30 March 2011

Silvana Nicholls and her husband, John Nicholls, were some of the earliest local partners to join the whl.travel family. They launched their Vanuatu destination portal in November of 2005 and have been strong collaborators ever since. She arrived on the island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific in 2001 and spent the first three years on the volcanic island of Tanna before moving to the capital city of Port Vila on Efate Island, where she and John still live.

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OPINION: Will Some Donors Never Grow Up?

  • John Nicholls
  • 1 July 2010

Private enterprises usually operate on the principle of the smallest amount of energy and funding required to produce the greatest outcome. In striking (and disturbing) counterpoint to this, it seems to me that too many donor organisations – both international or domestic – operate in a parallel but opposite world guided by the principle of the greatest amount of energy and funding required to produce the least outcome.

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OPINION: Is Local Interaction Essential for Local Travel?

  • John Nicholls
  • 8 June 2010

I recently had friends around for a dinner party. They’re all in the 50-60 age bracket and well travelled, so we talked about an issue raised by the Local Travel Movement. The question I asked them was whether they travelled primarily to meet and interact with local people in the destinations they go to or to see and experience things as distinct from the personal interaction?

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Photo of the Week: The Pentecost Jump, Vanuatu

  • John Nicholls (photo and text)
  • 2 May 2010

Much has been written about the island of Pentecost (part of the Vanuatu archipelago) and its yearly ritual of death-defying land jumps performed in the south of the island in celebration of the yam harvest. The Nagol (or N’gol) ritual of land diving has been performed for hundreds of years, and also doubles as a male coming of age ceremony.

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Photo of the Week: Mt Yasur Eruption, Tanna Island, Vanuatu

  • Image/text by John Nicholls
  • 15 November 2009

IN NOVEMBER 2010, THIS IMAGE WAS SELECTED AS FIRST RUNNER UP TO THE WHL GROUP PHOTO OF THE YEAR. Every so often, a photographer finds him- or herself in the right place at the right time, although the circumstances may not be ideal. This shot (one of a series of 10) is the result of…

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Vanuatu Hotels: Walking the Responsible Travel Talk

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 10 November 2009

On a typical morning, John and Silvana Nicholls share a pawpaw topped with passion fruit from their garden. The handmade, wood-fired bread from an indigenous baker is still warm, as is the pot of organically grown coffee from a nearby island. Any scraps will be disposed of on a compost heap that will fertilise their…

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Vanuatu Ecotours: A Lone Eco-Achiever

  • John Nicholls
  • 2 November 2009

Every so often, I have the pleasure of meeting and working with people who not only follow their passions, but operate businesses that fully integrate the indigenous people of the destination into their businesses. One such person is is Pascal Guillet, owner/operator of Vanuatu Ecotours. I chatted with Pascal – no easy task as he is…

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Coconut Crab Conservation in Vanuatu

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 July 2009

In April 2001, John and Silvana Nicholls, today owners and operators of Vanuatu Hotels, arrived in Vanuatu to launch and manage a resort on the island of Tanna. They immediately declared it a bird sanctuary. They also banned coconut crab from their menu. The resort became the island’s de facto animal refuge.

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