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next morning we were off
to one of the highly rated nearby resorts on the island
of Mbabanga – Fatboys.
is a series of first-class shoreline houses offering
stunning views of the Kolombangara volcano and its restaurant
and bar is at the end of a long pier.
In fine weather you can snorkel to the place but, unfortunately,
we were there in non-diving waves under grey skies.
In clear blue skies this place would be heaven for tourists.
the jungle behind Fatboys we walked to a small village
called Mbabanga where we got a taste of what life was
like for many rural Solomon Islanders. It was basic,
almost sustenance level, but the people were wonderful.
We were greeted by a cute song sung by kindergarten
children, many of whom would not have seen Westerners
kid had to be comforted by his teacher because the big
pink man with the moustache scared him.
Ooops, didn’t mean to.
met an elderly woman weaving a beautiful mat out of
palm fibres. The two-tone artwork was for special occasions
– such as weddings – and would take her about a week
to finish. A younger woman looked on, but the old lady
said many did not and the traditional skills were being
Walking through jungle areas is exciting and a bit if
a sensory overload.
You are hearing all sorts of bird calls you have never
heard before, the smell of the rotting vegetation hangs
heavily on the humid air and even in rain you feel the
heat sapping your strength.
It makes you admire the soldiers who fought in this
area even more.