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Ash Cave, Lelepa, Vanuatu

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Comments (8)

Ian Stehbens on May 26, 2007

This cave is formed from the collapse of volcanic ash beds inside the mountain on Lelepa Island, near the west coast of Efate, Vanuatu. Since it was taken in December 2005, another 7.2 earthquake has caused further collapse especially around the entrance. I am sure glad I wasn't in there when a quake occured. It is simply awesome because of its size and simplicity. No adornments as in limsestone. The American based television reality show, Survivor Vanuatu was filmed in this vicinity, this cave being the location for the tribal council. Parallel productions of Survivor Vanuatu were in French and in Chinese. The Efate village, Mangaliliu, was the base for the television crews. The producers are to be commended for they left almost no evidence of their having been here.

Leo Laps on November 9, 2008

And you are probably one of the Panoramio's biggest traveler. I am so jealous that I will try to do the same, at least.


Ian Stehbens on November 9, 2008

Great to hear from you Leo! I haven't seen you in Sydney yet? Are you coming down soon? And I do hope you have the opportunities that I have had, Leo, even just half of them.

You will have seen that I have been watching your photography and seeing the places you have been - even back to the power house at New Farm!

Kind regards,


Dubravka Jovanovic on February 21, 2010

Simply excellent. Good explanation. Greetings from Serbia.

Dubravka Jovanovic on February 21, 2010

I forgot ...Y*

Ian Stehbens on February 21, 2010

Thank you very much, Dubravka. It is a memorable experience to have been in this particular cave. Thanks for the Y*.

Warmest greetings from Brisbane to Serbia.


bdeh on February 18, 2013

That's a huge cave and interesting story Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on February 18, 2013

Another of those memorable days that happen when I am not behind my desk, Berend. I am not sure whether this cave can be entered any more, for I heard that a >7 quake brought the entrance down.


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 26, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ian Stehbens
    • Camera: Canon EOS 5D
    • Taken on 2005/12/28 13:28:05
    • Exposure: 0.077s (1/13)
    • Focal Length: 12.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO1600
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash