We left Marovo Lagoon and sailed south through the narrow channel that separates New Georgia Island from Vangunu. After an overnight stop in Matakuri, we continued south to Tetepare Island together with our buddy boat s/v Perry. Tetepare is the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific (118 sq km) and has untouched rainforest, gorgeous … Continue reading Tetepare Island
We've been anchored in front of Uepi resort since Monday and it's been wonderful. The resort can't always accommodate yachties but lucky for us it wasn't too busy and we were invited to join the other guests for drinks and dinner one night. Delicious food with local ingredients and homegrown veges. Diving Uepi point was … Continue reading Uepi Island Resort
We spent the weekend anchored in front of Matiu Island, an uninhabited part of Marovo lagoon with pristine turquoise water for the kids to play in and some gorgeous corals for us to snorkel around. It was fun to catch up with our buddy boats Fieldtrip and Perry and the kids crammed as many play-overs … Continue reading Matiu Island, Marovo Lagoon
The 150 NM passage from Tulagi to Marovo Lagoon was rather uneventful, which, of course, is a good thing. It took roughly 30 hours and we managed to sail most of the day but by nightfall the wind died and we turned the engines on and ‘SV Rehua’ became ‘MV Rehua’. Never mind: the engines … Continue reading Passage to Marovo Lagoon
Tulagi has been a good stop for us. Being anchored in front of Raiders Hotel, with stern lines to their trees, made for a very comfortable, calm and cozy stay. But all good things must come to an end, and, for around-the-world-sailors it is requisite to keep moving. So we’re off to Marovo Lagoon, approximately … Continue reading Major Upgrades
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.