Great News for AU and NZ Solomon Is­lands Bound Trav­ellers

Go Travel The Pacific - - Solomon Islands - By Gary Cody

Solomon Air­lines has made it even eas­ier for Aus­tralians and New Zealan­ders to con­nect to the Solomon Is­lands, and beyond to Van­u­atu and Nadi with the re­lease of its new North­ern Win­ter timetable.

As part of the new sched­ule com­menc­ing 17 Novem­ber, pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling from Can­berra, Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Townsville, Perth and ex- New Zealand from Auck­land, Wellington and Christchurch, now have plenty of time to make seam­less north- bound con­nec­tions to Ho­niara and beyond Do­mes­tic ser­vices.

The im­proved sched­ule stems from Solomon Air­lines’ flights to Ho­niara be­ing pushed back by half an hour to a 10.00 am de­par­ture on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days, ar­riv­ing in Ho­niara at 2.15 pm.

The same ap­plies to Solomon Air­lines flights ex- Ho­niara to Bris­bane on Tues­days and Thurs­days de­part­ing at 12.00 pm and ar­riv­ing in Bris­bane at 2.15 pm, the new sched­ules al­low­ing pas­sen­gers plenty of time to make on­ward Aus­tralian do­mes­tic con­nec­tions and New Zealand- bound flights.

Flights de­part­ing ex- Bris­bane to Ho­niara on Fri­days at 08.45am and Satur­days at 09.00am will pro­vide seam­less do­mes­tic con­nec­tions in the Solomon Is­lands.

Flights de­part­ing from Ho­niara to Bris­bane on Fri­days and Sun­days at 2.00 pm, will also pro­vide seam­less Aus­tralian and New Zealand con­nec­tions.

The new sched­ule also means im­proved link­age for pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling both ways on the air­line’s Satur­day and Sun­day ser­vices be­tween Bris­bane- Van­u­atu and Nadi with the air­line once again of­fer­ing seam­less con­nec­tions be­tween all three ports.

The new sched­ules also of­fer good con­nect­ing flights ar­riv­ing exUK, Europe, Mid­dle East, Asia, and US to Ho­niara via Bris­bane.

Fly­ing into Gizo from Ho­niara with Solomon Air­lines is a visual treat. Be­ing met by Manu from Fat­boys at the air­port and trans­ferred into a typ­i­cal Is­land fast boat was seam­less. Ar­riv­ing at the re­sort to a typ­i­cal Is­land wel­come with fruity cock­tails and huge smiles was a buzz. The next high­light was my room. Although I was there alone it was The Hon­ey­moon Suite. The Villa opened out to a bal­cony that showed the whole panorama of the area. I could even lie in bed and view the won­der­ful panorama while look­ing down on the restau­rant and bar that is at the end of a long jetty. The room had all that one would ex­pect from comfy bed to a great bath­room along with mossie nets so the big doors could be left open at night while en­joy­ing the sound of the ocean.

The restau­rant and bar is sus­pended over the ocean with trop­i­cal fish vis­i­ble at any time of the day or night. The food was amaz­ing and the Solbrew was cold. The high­light was a per­for­mance from a dance group from Gizo that had a rou­tine of mod­ern and tra­di­tional danc­ing. The ac­tiv­i­ties are nu­mer­ous and or­ga­nized by the ef­fi­cient staff who came along and guided us to some amaz­ing and his­tor­i­cal places.. Skull Is­land, Kennedy dy Is­land, Surf­ing and Div­ing are just a feww of the great “to do “ac­tiv­i­ties at Fat­boys.. I highly rec­om­mend this place as one of the best is­land stays in The Pa­cific. Like the brand “Fab­u­lous Fat­boys”

Fit for roy­alty and ready to look after In­ter­na­tional, Aus­tralian and New Zealand vis­i­tors who want to ex­pe­ri­ence Ho­niara, the melt­ing pot of the var­ied cul­tures that ex­ist in The Solomon’s.

Lo­cated along the shores of Point Cruz’s CBD, the ho­tels 47 rooms and 28 apart­ments of­fer Ho­niara’s most mod­ern ac­com­mo­da­tion com­plex with an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard of ser­vice.

The Ho­tel is steeped in his­tory. Thee ho­tel site used to be the res­i­dence of the Western Pa­cific High Com­mis­sioner dur­ing the colo­nial era and when Solomon Is­lands be­came in­de­pen­dent in 1978.

The cur­rent ho­tel build­ing in­cor­po­rates part of the orig­i­nal struc­ture – the re­cep­tion area, lobby, main restau­rant, ter­race area and kitchen con­tain rem­nants of the old once grand- dame.

“We’ve kept the orig­i­nal floor­ing in the restau­rant to­day which came from the ball­room” says Her­itage Park Ho­tel Man­ager, San­jay Bhar­gava.

De­vel­oped on five acres of land in 2008, the ho­tel com­pound in­cludes a com­mer­cial com­plex which houses The Bank of South Pa­cific and is home to Aus Aid.

Pro­vid­ing an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard of ser­vice is one of the ma­jor val­ues of the ho­tel “the level of ser­vice here is the same as in any in­ter­na­tional ho­tel in the world” Bhar­gava is keen to point t out.

Ex­pe­ri­ence the vi­bran­cies of Ho­niara or launch into the Western Prov­ince from The Her­itage Park Ho­tel.

Lo­cated on Lola Is­land in Vona Vona La­goon in the Western Prov­ince of the Solomon Is­lands, Zipolo Habu Re­sort is the lost par­adise of our child­hood dreams.

Nes­tled within a per­fect blue la­goon and fringed by white sands and tall green palms, Lola truly re­flects a quin­tes­sen­tial is­land par­adise.

The re­sort is the re­sult of many years of hard work by own­ers Joe and Lisa En­trikin who, along with their chil­dren, de­signed a place for those keen to en­joy a true is­land liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Joe an ex pat Amer­i­can and Lisa a lo­cal from this area.

Whilst they are known for their spe­cialty in sports­fish­ing in the la­goon or beyond the reef, they can also ar­range div­ing, surf­ing or tours to many out­stand­ing sites all close by.

Zipolo of­fers a wide range of ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions to suit a va­ri­ety of bud­gets and group sizes.

The vil­las are treated with 24 hour power, mossie nets and very com­fort­able beds.

The self con­tained vil­las are gen­er­ous in size and would eas­ily ac­com­mo­date a fam­ily group.

The bar is known for serv­ing the cold­est beer in the Western Prov­ince and the restau­rant prides it­self on our fresh seafood and unique use of lo­cal pro­duce.

Zipolo Habu is a gen­uine is­land ex­pe­ri­ence with hosts who know ex­actly what is re­quired.

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