Photographer's Note

In a recent cruise, we sailed 0n the elegant ship, Seabourn Odyssey, from Brisbane, Australia to New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.

Champagne Beach on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, indeed, named by "Islands Magazine" in 2009 as the "Best Swimming Beach in the World." It is also in one of the most remote regions of the world, in an archipelago tucked between the Solomon Islands and Fiji. Against a backdrop of dugout boats with outriggers, are seen natives selling wood carvings, coconuts, and Coca-Cola bottles.

The Melanesians, in distinction to the Polynesians and Micronesians among the three indigenous Oceania people, possess much darker skin coloring and frequently blond hair (see one of my earlier photos from the Solomon Islands). I was sitting on the white powdery sands of Champagne Beach when I spotted a group of Melanesian children frolicking in the water, when one of them dove into the shallow water and emerged holding his head. By the time I waded out to help him, he was back to diving into the shallow waters. Boys being boys!

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