Photographer's Note

In February 2016, we sailed on the elegant ship, Seabourn Odyssey, from Brisbane, Australia to New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.

Seven or eight days into the 11-day cruise the ship we anchored off the Island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu in the South Pacific and took a tender onto a local beach. Champagne Beach was named "The Best Swimming Beach in the World" in a 2009 issue of "Islands Magazine." 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).

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