Roderick Bay Hideaway on Sand-fly passage in Gela, Central Islands Province has a double celebration as they received overseas guests on Christmas day with special treat.
Welcomed by the peaceful Roderick Bay Hideaway environment, the French cruise boat L’Austral berthed on Sunday 25th with over 200 tourists to celebrate the festive season with villagers there.
Roderick Bay Beach Bungalows operator Patrick Sara said the event on Sunday was a spectacular and successful one.
He said the cruise boat which was heading straight here from France comprised of 220 tourists on-board.
Mr Sara said, it was a double celebration for the communities around Sand-fly area.
He said, the tourists were overwhelmed by the spectacular show provided by the local cultural groups flavoured with the carol groups with carol choirs to the visitors.
The cruise boat left Roderick Bay in the evening.
Meanwhile, Sara said, the villagers took advantage of the event as it get everyone involved and also people get little income by selling their products or artefacts.
The day’s activities include cultural performances, a craft fair, site visits and other activities which involved the visitors and locals.
Roderick Bay Hideaway is situated along the quiet coast of Sand-fly Passage.
It is a humble eco-friendly establishment that has been the anchorage hub for yachters from USA, New Zealand and Australia since 2011 who have found somewhat the unspeakable connection with the island way of life.
Central Province is a preferred destination for yachters, who love to see the true beauty of the islands.
Mr Sara also thanked the communities around Sand-fly for their support and cooperation during the cruise boat stop over.
The cruise boat also visited Gizo before heading to Gela.
By STEPHEN DIISANGO