BACK TO TOP

Mr Polka Dot took a beautiful snapshot on a trip to Vanuatu which he shared here… and if you’re like me then the image in your head of Vanuatu is one of flowers in your hair, sarongs, crystal clear waters and cocktails. So what the heck is this guy doing?

It’s called land diving and basically it’s bungee jumping but with vines. During the months of April, May and June, there is a ritual that takes place in the southern part of Vanuatu in which men jump from 30 metre high towers with vines tied to their feet. The ritual is said to be performed to ensure a good harvest. The vines are at their most elastic at this time of year ensuring that they don’t snap. Quite important really.

The ritual which is ages old and is called the “Nagol” or “N’Gol” was brought to the Western world’s attention when David Attenborough and a BBC film crew captured it on film in the 1950s. Queen Elizabeth travelled to Pentecost, Vanuatu in 1974 to witness the ritual. Tragically, a man died during this ritual as it was performed too early in the year and the vine gave way.

Today, it’s a very popular tourist attraction and if you fancy checking it out, you can get more information here.

Photography via Vanuatu Travel

Polka Dot Honeymoons Directory Mid Banner

Photo by Mr Polka Dot

If you’re considering the Lake District in England for your honeymoon after reading my resort review, don’t forget to pop these items in your suitcase.

1. Ultra-Calming Skin Moisturiser from Aveeno / 2. Notebook from Kikki K / 3. Pendant from Etsy / 4. Beanie from Topshop / 5. Travel coffee cup from Yedi / 6. Hemp Lip Protector from The Body Shop

Keep your head nice and toasty in a bright coloured beanie, write down all your inspired thoughts or keep a journal of your travels in a fun notebook, don a Jemima Puddleduck necklace as a nod to famous resident Beatrix Potter, take your tea with you in a handy travel flask, and make sure your lips and skin stay in tip top condition despite the cold air and wind with some hydrating lip balm and moisturiser.

Ms Gingham says: Scarves, wellies, sunglasses…. oh how much fun you could have styling it up for the English countryside.