Solomon Islands South Pacific
Info from 1996! a lot has gone on since then!
The Solomon Islands are astounding, relatively unspoilt and a very friendly place to visit. Honiara the capital is similar to many in the South Pacific, hot, dusty and bustling. The guide books list various low cost and more expensive accommodations but it is also worth considering the Airport Motel just 800 metres from Henderson Airport, particularly if you have early morning domestic flights. Buses to Honiara are frequent and cheap just stand under a tree on the runway side of the road and wait.
Getting to Solomon Islands can be a little expensive, there are regular flights from Brisbane, Auckland, Port Moresby, Port Vila and Nadi. If you fly into the country on Solomon Airlines you are entitled to a discount on their internal flights.
If you dive try Munda and Gizo in the Western Province for some of the most spectacular dives you will find anywhere, wrecks, coral, fish it's all there.
Rapita Resort, Marovo Lagoon, Western Province, Solomon Islands.
Get away from it all at Rapita resort in Morovo Lagoon, no electricity or running water but clean comfortable and excellent food and adequate facilities. If you are diving at Uepi resort spend a few days there on the way there or way back. Some people even stay there and dive from Uepi. To stay at Rapita you need to book in advance by radio -the Tourist Information office in Honiara will probably do it for you- the nearest airstrip is Seghe and then there is 30 minute boat ride. The village shop does not stock much, so take alcohol, tobacco, film etc with you and lots of books.
Sunset over Lake Te Nggano, Rennel, Solomon Islands. The largest lake in the South Pacific
Rennell and Bellonna are worth the flight but don't expect 5 star hotels and limousine transfers or (in 1996) telephones. To get from the airstrip at Rennell to Lake Te Nggano used to involve a 3-4 hour journey on the back of a tractor, not very comfortable, but things may have changed since November 1996. On Bellona try the Suani Guest house (transfer by bicycle) or the cave accommodation.
Lake Te Nggano, Rennel, Solomon Islands
The Quay, Lata, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands
Luelta Resort, Lata, Santa Cruz Group, Solomon Islands. Pretty good.
Preparing to go fishing Lata, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands
Market at Kirakira, Makira Province, Solomon Islands
Guides, Kirakira, Solomon Islands
Gizo harbour Western Province
Gizo harbour looking towards Nusatope island