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.
It can be hard to find a boatyard that can lift out a catamaran once you are in a remote location. And when we heard the yard in Tulagi could lift us, we didn't hesitate and took the opportunity for a quick haul out, in order to do some annual maintenance and replace the shaft-seals.
'The Iron Bottom Sound'- that is how the water between the Florida Islands and Guadalcanal was renamed after WWII. One of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific War took place here between Japanese and American forces. The name 'Iron Bottom Sound' is derived from the 200 odd ships and 700 aircraft that lie within this … Continue reading The Iron Bottom Sound
We were greeted by a huge pod of dolphins on our way around the Florida Islands. It's always such a treat to see these beautiful, playful animals. All photos taken with the good old iphone6 as our big camera is currently out of action (again).
The Solomon Islands are an interesting country. We didn't expect to come here but nevertheless the place is growing on us. The Solomons are often referred to as 'Vanuatu's poor brother' (and Vanuatu is not particularly affluent either). Despite their poverty the people are friendly, welcoming and they smile a lot. They lead a very … Continue reading Solomon Observations
We spent the Christmas period in Rodrick Bay, Ngella islands together with s/v Fieldtrip and s/v Perry. When we left Honiara and approached this remote island group, with its steep and rugged green hills, it somehow reminded us of the Scottish isles. That is, until we came closer and noticed the palm trees and turquoise … Continue reading Christmas Holidays