From the Reef Islands we sailed to Santa Ana Island, just off St Cristobal. The two day passage was one of the most uncomfortable crossings on our trip with lots of squalls and an annoying beam-on swell. Our buddy boats Perry and Fieldtrip had similar experiences and just like us were happy to arrive in Santa Ana. We were welcomed by dozens of kids. The village was much bigger than any we visited in the Reef Islands and at least two thirds of the occupants were children. Just imagine the noise as they all swam to our boats during the day to come and hangout in the water off our stern.
One day we walked to the other side of the island to visit the oldest ‘Kastom’ house in the Solomons, where sacred bones of important ancestors lay stored. Women were not allowed in, only men. There’s plenty of ‘taboo’ traditions still alive in the Solomons, these islands have a strong history of black magic and superstition. Spooky!