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The Marovo lagoon in Solomon Islands

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Wake up Paula !!! Wake up !! What a dream ... we have to approach Henderson Airport to continue to our goal. It would be a shame not to arrive now, after the route we had to do.

He Hall of Mendana Kitana is still a poem. The souvenir shop is shattered, with all its souvernis lying on the ground. Everyone still comments on the earthquake last night. Surely it will be the topic of the day in all our conversations.

Wilson is waiting for us to approach the domestic terminal. His family is fine too. It seems that there has been no significant damage anywhere. We go back to the only road that crosses Honiara and we continue to see many churches of all types (apostolic, evangelists, etc ...). Here there are 5 religions, all Christian, as in Vanuatu.

Today we are lucky, the flight is on time and we fly over the beautiful island of Guadalcanal. It reminds us of those documentaries in Papua New Guinea that we saw before on TV.


 

We are flying to one of the most beautiful places in the world. They say that in the Inca legends that We already met on our trip to Peru, there were already some towns that lived to the West of the Inca Empire and that this prompted the Spaniards to send the first expeditions to the Melanesia area at the end of the 16th century. The first two under the command of Alvaro de Mendaña, heading to the Solomon Islands and the third under the command of Pedro Fernández de Quirós to the Vanuatu, as we said the other day. Mendaña reached the Bay of the Star on Isabel Island on February 7, 1568, becoming the first European to reach Solomon Islands (hence some island names).

The route is made via Gizo, a little further north in the Western Province to which we are heading.

Although it is possible that with the name of Solomon Islands everyone comes to mind the story of the "Mines of King Solomon", the name comes from the day of 1568 when Alvaro de Mendaña ran into these fabulous lands -There was no lack of gold- and he named them in honor of the Jewish king who supplied the legendary mines of Ofir. The Solomon of the South Seas was to be a great Spanish colony since then, the basis for arriving in Australia, until many years later Britain declared the protectorate in 1893.

While that happened years ago, we are already taking the final flight to Seghe, just 25 minutes, in a simple plane to land in a small airfield on one of the multiple and minuscule islands of the area



The Pacific Ocean is still a distant and dream destination for Spaniards and Europeans, where there are real natural spectacles, as well as the best history of the navigators of yesteryear. Thus, if something stands out in the natural about all things, these are 3 "must have" that no one should miss if they move to the areas of Micronesia, Melanesia or Polonesia. We are talking about Rock Island in Palau, the Vavau archipelago in Tonga and the Marovo Lagoon in Solomon Islands

While all are small archipelagos of wonderful islands, each one has its own particular characteristic. Rock island In addition to being discovered in the 16th century by our Spanish navigators, it stands out for being a collection of rock islands with an inner lake in the middle of them that remained anonymous until 1982. The Vavau archipelago, among other things, claims to be the pearl of Tonga and one of the best places on the planet to spot and even swim with Yubarta whales that come to give birth in these warm waters before returning to Antarctica ...

Marovo Lagoon is a set of beautiful islands that form multiple shallow water channels getting my nuances, besides being full of coral reefs, resulting one of the best places in the world for diving


Already from the clouds we begin to intuit the place that will shelter us the next 3 days, in the area of ​​the New Georgia Islands, the largest area of ​​the Western Province and close to the great Vangunu Island


 

We land without problems at the rustic Seghe aerodrome and we still have the last route, this one in a small boat, to reach our hidden shelter, bypassing an area of ​​coral reefs and small islands, once visited by European navigators and businessmen at the beginning of the 19th century, and that currently, With 12,000 people, he lives from fishing, shell collecting and small-scale agriculture, living together with another community of people arriving between 1954 and 1966 from the overpopulated atolls of Kiribati, in Micronesia


 

Paula, Are we heading to Uepi Island, north of Seghe. 20 more minutes ...?

No wonder that the "marovo" conceive of nature as a good thing, everything it offers them from land and sea. 350 types of fish, 450 types of plants, 100 types of shells, 80 types of birds and 80 different topographic features of corals, sea and coasts.

!!! We arrived !! We are on Uepi Island, a small tropical island on the edge of the longest lagoon in the world, surrounded by live coral reefs, all kinds of marine fauna and with only a few people around us ... we made it!

Uepi Island is just 2.5 km long and 600 meters wide, as well as cultivated tropical gardens of the town, interspersing paths to walk through the thick jungle. The Uepi Resort, at one end of the island, is the only accommodation on this remote island. There are no peoples, nor any other type of human contact.


We arrive around 10:30 and there we receive all the staff. George is an Australian, surfer-looking, who calls himself the "operation manager" and is the one who lets us know where we are and everything we can do, from snorkeling in his great reef, how to do the best diving in the world, kayaking, breakfast, lunch and dinner, etc ...


 

We cross the paths leaving a few bungalows on the sides. They barely have 3 in front of the beach, 3 more inside and 2 double units. Ours is a beach bungalow, with a terrace with table, hammock and all kinds of amenities. It is located in the middle of several coconut trees and other strange flora.


 

In fact, he has already told us that if we want to take a nap, we avoid being exactly under a coconut tree, it is not going to be that we end up with a good bump, hahaha


This area where our cabin is located (as they call it) directly overlooks the beautiful Marovo Lagoon, Shallow water completely clean and suitable for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, or whatever we want. From time to time some "baby shark", blankets or other types of fish are approaching.

On the other side is "The Slot", 2000 meters of high sea trench in which one of the channels gives way to Charapoana, one of the shallow water conduits of the lagoon. This is the best area for snorkelling with the best reef and from where we will see in the next days all kinds of marine fauna. Also here Isaac makes his first DIVE


 

People say that here we practice diving from the 70s or 80s. We are young in diving, so we would not know how to say, although the experience is certainly impressive. There is a time when we are surrounded by 5 or 6 sharks. They are small and harmless, but it impresses. You can also see turtles, all kinds of corals, clown fish, etc ...


About 33ºC, a perfect temperature to enjoy the place the next few days, enjoying our private terrace, our bungalow or directly accessing the lagoon


 

Breakfast and dinner are communal. We have become very friends with 4 Australians who have arrived with us. His name is David and Katty and Danielle and Ian, and with them we make life right now. The food is served directly in the bungalow itself

Another little bath Paula?


 

It's been a beautiful afternoon. From the lagoon you can see the beautiful and privileged environment of the resort. Now if we can say it, we have managed to arrive and it was worth it. Here we will also spend two more days to recharge batteries for new flights


 

Yes in Maldives we were surrounded by a multitude of "new friends" (the Tomasa turtle, the Tiburcio shark, the Lucas and Blanes birds, the Juancho lizard or the Sebastian crab) here we have already begun to do the first. A huge lizard, Very similar to those of Komodo, just passed under our bungalow, after stealing food in our neighbors. It really impresses. We will call him Pascual.

We can also see a strange bird that seems to be dressed up, with a blue shirt and a black torso. It will be Rockefeller.


 

The trails, though not of fine white sand like our beautiful Kandholhu, if there are beautiful roads to get lost on the way to the main house where dinner will be served


 

We are in a spectacle of nature, but not in a holiday destination of idyllic white sand beaches. This seems to be a common mistake of some clueless tourists, especially Australians, who sometimes arrive here. The islands are characterized by being covered with thick almost inaccessible forests, which would not be possible without times of heavy rains and even in the current dry season, the eventual rains to leave later A beautiful landscape of bright waters and colorful contrasts.

ORGANIZING ON THE MARCH:

The only thing we are going to organize these days is our own relaxation. We have told Wilson and Christina, to confirm a flight to return to Honiara and from there reach Nadi for 3 days that is when there is connection. What comes up.

The sun sets leaving an incredible print.


Here is also the Concrete Jetty, from where you can see one of the best photos of our little coconut palm beach.


The day is not enough for more, It's time to have a cocktail before dinner and then to sleep. Today we surely have no problem falling down knowing that tomorrow ... it's not time to get up early.

Family, friends, readers ... we are still perfect lost in these, OUR SOUTH SEA


Isaac and Paula, from Marovo Lagoon (Solomon Islands)

EXPENSES OF THE DAY: 0 EUR
CLARIFICATION REGARDING EXPENSES: We have been asked why flight prices do not go into the day's expenses. The expenses of the day are intended to represent what things cost in each country or place of our trips, but both transport and accommodation are pointed out in a separate place and appear in the summary in the concepts TRANSPORTS and ACCOMMODATIONS. This is why they don't appear mixed here.

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