After two and a half days in Honiara we had to do a runner. It truly must be one of the worst ports in the WORLD: on a lee shore, incoming swell, bad holding, no breakwater protection, noisy and dirty. The rubbish is literally floating around and one has to be careful not to get … Continue reading Escape from Honiara
Seathan and I did a wreck dive yesterday with Bob and Yvie from Raiders Hotel & Dive. It was another awesome dive. The wreck was a Japanese reconnaissance seaplane, which sunk after an airstrike conducted by the US Navy in 1942. This was before the Marines landed here; nine or so of these seaplanes were … Continue reading Kawanishi Seaplane Wreck
That dreaded everyday question. It’s hard enough to come up with creative ideas when you live in the “first” world, where literally everything is readily available. Here, in the Solomons Islands, the choices are more limited. It is possible to find most Western type non-perishable foods in the capital Honiara, where we have loaded as … Continue reading What’s For Dinner?
Sunday is 'Funday' on Rehua and while in Tulagi it would be a shame to miss out on the fabulous dive opportunities here. Bob from Raiders Hotel was so kind to take us all out on his boat and one of his local guys stayed with the kids, who snorkelled for a bit, while we … Continue reading Twin Tunnels Dive
I did my first wreck dive yesterday and it was absolutely awesome! This Catalina aeroplane crashed in 1943 and sits completely intact in 34 metres. It was discovered only a few years ago and still has bullets and everything on it.
What to do on a cloudy Sunday morning? The perfect time to go for a walk. Tulagi is a small island and has a road all the way around. So we went for a decent 10k walk. The boat safely anchored and tied onto a couple of trees with two stern lines, we set off. Nama, … Continue reading Sunday Walk
Tulagi is famous for its wreck-diving but the snorkelling is not bad either. We dinghied to a nearby small island for some much needed time in the water. No crocs there, we were told. We had a beautiful drift-dive while Seathan held on to the dinghy line. Afterwards we explored some of the caves on the … Continue reading Drift Dive
While we're in Tulagi - waiting for some spare parts to arrive from the US - the boys and I have been brushing up on the history of this fascinating tiny island. Tulagi once was the capital of the Solomon Islands, when it was a British Protectorate. This small island is only 1km by 5km and … Continue reading Tulagi, some history
We're anchored in a very calm bay in Tulaghi, 23 miles north of Honiara. This is exactly where all the warships used to come and hide in bad weather during the Pacific War. It's one of the most sheltered bays in the entire Solomon Islands. While Honiara and Roderick Bay had been getting some nasty … Continue reading Earthquakes and Tsunamis
She's back in the water which we celebrated with a few beers at Raiders in Tulagi.