The Solomon Islands is the lesser-known island nation of the Pacific, a mere two hours' flight from Brisbane with Solomon Airlines. If you always thought - like me - that Papua New Guinea looks like a hornbill in flight, the Solomons are on its tail wake. Never saw it that way? Look again. There are so many wonderful things to do on the Solomon Islands. With pristine beaches, fresh fish, plentiful fruit and friendly people, these islands are a destination you will love. Solomon Islands diving is legendary and there's history and culture to explore.
TAKE A JOYRIDE TO NEW GEORGIA. Munda is our destination, the largest settlement on the island of New Georgia in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands and a top Solomon Islands diving spot. The flight from Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, can easily be classified as a joyride.
GO DIVING NEAR MUNDA. Munda diving is among the best in the world. Drop-offs to over 600 meters with Grey, Blacktip and Whitetip Reef sharks, eagle rays, barracuda, pygmy seahorses, squat lobsters and fiery dartfish are a magnet for international divers.
EXPLORE CULTURE ON RENDOVA ISLAND. At Rendova Island a welcoming party greets the visitor with song and dance. The Titiru Eco Lodge is brand new and sits surrounded by orchids. A long crushed coral path leads the adventurous to the village but before we get there a high shrill stops us in our tracks. When we finally make it to the village, the community has set up several stations where arts and crafts plus domestic chores (such as how to bathe newborn babies in a palm leaf) are on display. Guests of Titiru Eco Lodge can interact with the local community this way.
EAT A COCONUT. In the Solomon Islands, where there are coconuts there is life. The ubiquitous coconut palms practically define all of the Pacific Islands.
These graceful, slender palms provide not only food (coconut water, coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut flesh and coconut young sprouts children pick up from fallen fruits and munch on their way to school). But also a myriad of utensils and toys that can be carved out of their hard shells.
These palms also provide precious building materials such as fronds that are woven for roofs and mats. Coconuts are life-giving and revered for that reason. Of course, it is not only coconuts that grow in profusion but also sago palms, pawpaw trees, banana trees, breadfruit trees and a plethora of other fruits and nuts.