We carried on to Palikula Bay to the NE of Luganville. We spent many days in Palikula and could have stayed longer! It is a lovely bay with very friendly locals. It is also easy to catch a ride to Luganville for last minute supplies.
A trio of boys canoed over to the boat to chat. They gave us information about the coral, fishing and octopuses. Dina mentioned to them that she wanted to see a live octopus (as often people bring her dead versions of the animals she expresses an interest in!). One day they came with the shell of a sea turtle.
|"Octopus boys" showing us a turtle shell|
The boys, now known to us as The Octopus Boys, returned to the boat daily, bringing fresh coconuts, a turtle shell, to invite us snorkelling, to chat and eat cookies and to jump into the water from the bimini (cockpit roof).
|The Octopus boys|
We went exploring the reef on our own looking for octopus and found this wonderful, curious, old guy (we really don’t know if it is male). We spent a long time looking at each other!
|Octopus partially hidden in the rocks|