We have been in Port Vila for almost a week. We have visited with friends, old and new, and worked to get the boat ready for our next passage. We plan to leave tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday, 8 Sep) for New Caledonia. Our route takes us just east of Lifou Island in the Loyalties, and then into the lagoon of New Caledonia via the Passe Havannah. We expect to enter the pass early Thursday morning and then anchor to rest before proceeding to Noumea.