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was a hot day so we thought we would take a bit of a
dip in the warm 28C waters and so joined in with a group
of kids jumping off the beach pier.
first they were somewhat surprised but soon splashed
around us. You
could almost hear them thinking “these are very strange
couple of examples of mega-bombs from yours truly had
them in fits of laughter and the simplicity of the moments
were among the highlights of the Solomons.
In fact that’s one of the great selling points of the
islands – getting out and meeting local people.
They are really, really cool encounters.
could be swimming with kids, popping into a kindy class
in a remote village, chatting with kids while their
mums sell betelnuts or playing soccer while waiting
for a plane.
moments that make travel so rewarding.
On the boat trip back to Gizo we stopped in at Oravae
Cottage, an away-from-it-all place where you can enjoy
staying in comfort on your own little island.
were treated to lunch there by the owners Naomi and
Patson Baea and I have to say it is a perfect getaway
spot if you want to leave the world behind.
Cottage offers the chance to have fun snorkeling and
scuba diving, fishing, hiking the volcanic island of
Kolombangara or ... doing nothing at all.
at a sweltering Gizo there was time to turn on the air-conditioner
and drop the temperature to 16C before heading out into
the oppressive heat to visit the fish market.
display were masses of yellow-fin tuna caught by the
fishermen in their dugout canoes.
night we were not only treated to a spectacular thunder-and-lightning
storm, but were treated to an interesting dance night
at the Gizo Hotel as a group of teenagers from one of
the villages entertained us with traditional dance moves
set to nightclubby music.
to start with but once you got into it the performance
was very cool.