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 lagoons with corals and tropical fish. The weather of course is also nothing like it is back home; it’s still stifling hot and humid although it seems we are slowly getting used to this climate.
One of the families that live in Rodrick bay had installed three mooring balls for yachts to tie onto (it’s slightly too deep to anchor comfortably). One of the moorings was submerged and Seathan and Mark from Fieldtrip offered to dive to reattach it. The chain at the bottom was attached to coral and then a line from the chain attached to the mooring ball. They ended up having to dive 40 metres.
Johnny and his family were extremely welcoming. They put on a show with welcome dances, music and dinner and invited us to use their ‘facilities’ anytime we wanted: a shaded covered area where it is always cool, a volleyball net and a sandy space to play football or rugby. This was a great hit with the kids and many afternoon play-overs were had on the beach during the holiday period.
To start the New Year with some exercise we hiked to the top of the hill, the local kids showing us the way. We were rewarded with some stunning views.