Our third stop of the trip was Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu and my 41st country to date. It was here that we were told to buy duty free as it was dirt cheap. It was also Island night on the boat so we all bought our island clothes for the celebrations. We arrived by tender boat from the ship, to a string of market stalls as far as the eye could see which was amazing. After a lot of browsing we noticed a pattern, everything we would ask about seemed to be priced at $15. Random! We took a taxi into the main part of the city with some others from the ship and paid $5 each which wasn't too bad.
Everybody headed for the duty free shops where you could purchase a litre of vodka/whiskey or whatever you wanted for as little as $15-$20. Needless to say everybody stocked up! After more browsing through the many shops and even pricing a new tattoo, we headed back to the markets at the beginning and bought our island outfit for the night among other gift items etc. Port Vila was certainly a cool place and definitely a lot better than Noumea. It was more what I was expecting and it had a lot of shopping options for everyone.