in the Solomons
do we start? Well, I guess the best way is to say where
we stayed in the Solomon Islands and to suggest other
places that we visited during our stay there.
arrival we went straight to the Heritage
Park Hotel in Honiara and it was an excellent
place to head to on a hot Solomons' afternoon.
only was there air-conditioning to luxuriate in, but
it has a lovely pool in which to cool off.
stayed in one of the 48 deluxe rooms the hotel has and
they are super clean, well appointed and very comfortable
rooms in which to stay.
There was a little balcony overlooking the ocean and
Heritage Park also has 27 apartments available.
restaurant is very good and you can also order meals
from the bar and eat on the waterfront.
at the Heritage Park are about $1600 Solomon dollars
our second night in the Solomon Island were were in
Gizo, a small island off the northern tip of New Georgia,and
stayed in the Gizo Hotel.
is an older establishment situated on the main road
and is right across from the town's small wharf and
start of the market strip.
rooms are clean, albeit with two single beds for this
chap (ah well the cameras will get a comfy night's sleep)
and the bathrooms tidy.
air conditioning is available and I needed it because
it was extremely sultry with a massive thunderstorm
on the way. The showers were cold but, in the heat we
faced, were actually enjoyable.
Gizo Hotel's bar and restaurant were great, with top
quality food - including a massive crayfish for about
$130 Solomon dollars - and the beer is cold.
at the hotel vary in price but you are looking at between
SI$650 and $700 a night.
short boat ride west from Gizo was a fabulous little
place you can rent out called Oravae Cottage.
you want to get away from it all and enjoy some terrific
scenery while living near the water then this place
is hard to beat.
by Naomi and Patson Baea, Oravae Cottage offers the
chance to have fun snorkeling and scuba diving, fishing,
hiking the volcanic island of Kolombangara or doing
nothing at all.
are SI$750 a night per person and that includes all
meals and airport transfers.
the east of Gizo, on the small island of Mbabanga, is
a very well known resort called Fatboys.
say the bungalows at Fatboys are fabulous is understating
just how great they are. They all overlook the water,
are right on the ocean's edge, and are comfortable with
a capital C.
view from my balcony was out over the water and the
long pier to the restaurant and bar and over Kennedy
Island to the Kolombangara volcano. By the way Kennedy
Island is where the US president to be, John F Kennedy,
swam to after his PT-109 was sunk by a Japanese destroyer.
bungalow - the honemoon suite - had a massive bed, a
nice little seating and book-reading area and an over-the-water
bungalows, including the honeymooner, are about SI$1500
a night and there are self-contained apartments for
SI$1650 a night.
Resort is a stunning place to base yourself and we would
have liked more time there.
Fatboys we flew to the south of New Georgia and a grass
strip airfield at Seghe.
From there we were taken by longboat across the Morovo
Lagoon, the largest saltwater lagoon
in the world, to Uepi Island.
we booked into the Uepi
Island Resort, an eco-friendly establishment
that is a mecca for divers.
island complex is beautiful, relaxing and the bungalows
sensibly placed to give the maximum amount of privacy
and make the most of thestunning surroundings.
didn't get a waterside unit but that was fine with me
as the beach was only a 30-second stroll away and my
bungalow was a ripper. Big comfy bed, a desk to work
at, a separate changing area, shower and toilet, as
well as a lovely, covered outdoor eating area.
Uepi Island Resort the main action is in the Big House,
where people can sit around and relax unsder an amazing
matted roof, have drinks at the bar or enjoy great food
at the communal dinners.
were great as you could chat with other guests about
what they had got up to that day while tucking into
some just-caught seafood. My picks were scrumptious
crab and a seared mackerel that was absolutely to die
of the best aspects to Uepi Island Resort is its intimate
nature with 20 guests making for a friendly, but private
if you want, stay.
resort has six spacious, well-appointed bungalows for
families or couples, two units and two guest rooms.
All rooms have private bathroom with ambient temperature
showers and toilet facilities.
don't do as I did and drop your key through the decking
as you will then need to endure a crawl under the structure
- past crab holes and at risk of meeting other beasties.
you are in need of accommodation in the Solomons contact
the visitor bureau and they will be more than happy
to assist you.
Solomon Island Visitors Bureau website by clicking