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I had planned to write this blog while we were in Gizo, but wi fi problems stopped that.
We left Brisbane at 9am on Saturday 19 July. Flying into Honiara the capital city of the Solomon Islands, then changing to a smaller aircraft to fly into Munda then Gizo the last stop.
We are diving with Gizo Dive and the owners Kerry &Danny were …
... finding the remains of soldiers today. Our tour guide said that he had stumbled upon three remains on his property only a few months prior. He notifies JPAC and they come and remove the remains to determine the proper way to get them back home to their country with a proper burial. There are numerous ship wrecks, plane wrecks, and other WWII artifacts that can be found or have been found on these islands. It was great that the Mayers had us all watch the ...
- Before going to Fatboys I went online to try and book accommodation in Marovo Lagoon which was going to be my next stop. Most places don't even answer their phone so I knew trying to get somewhere online was a bit ambitious, so I was pleasantly surprised (and relieved!) when Matikuri Eco Lodge, my second choice, not only had a website but a booking form!
... work.The following day I went on a village tour or Babanga Village with my favourite lady in the Solomons, Sarah. She and her husband work in Fatboys and live in the village which is about a 10-15 min walk away. Sarah's mother and the vast majority of the villagers are "Gilbertese", descendants from Kiribati. Her father is from Choiseul province, Solomons. I met them both, and Sarah's 2 sons who look exactly like their dad and ...
- On arriving at Gizo town, I went to look for a Resthouse that had been recommended in my LP guide. It was up a hill and the steps were uneven and steep.It was agony I tell you! When I got to the top I discovered that they were full but the girl running the Resthouse, Patrina, said Phoebe's Resthouse was nearby and she took me there.