Overwater bungalows in the Solomon Islands
The list of places that fall into the category of an idyllic escape may be long, but that won’t stop two over-water bungalows that opened in the Solomon Islands in February 2017 from being added to the esteemed list.
The Titiru Eco Lodge on Rendova Island is about a 40-minute boat ride from Munda (which has direct flights from the Solomon Island’s capital, Honiara).
Titiru’s thatched-roof bungalows look out over an inlet bordered by hedges of mangroves and, behind them, a perfectly imposing forest.
From a hammock on one of the decks of the bungalows, visitors can look down upon coral, fish and clams through water as clean and clear as a nearby spring, which offers fresh drinking water.
Anyone who gets a bit of a swing going while in the hammock will find themselves rocking out over the water. The bungalows’ balconies also allow guests to step straight into, or out of, a boat, or to use the deck as a diving platform.
As befits a true eco lodge, there is no air-con yet guests often reach for the blankets once night and the sea breeze turn on nature’s finely tuned cooling system.
Kilo Paza, the lodge’s owner, can organise day trips to nearby private and deserted islands as well as fishing charters. The fine people at the lodge will cook whatever is caught. If you choose not to fish but like to eat them, Kilo’s staff will sort out a catch, often tuna, for your lunch and dinner. Tours of a nearby underground cave – helmets and flashlights provided – are also part of the extraordinarily friendly service. A walking tour around the Ughele fishing village, about a kilometre from the lodge, can also be part of the experience.
According to one visitor, three or four days is a good length of time to stay. “You wouldn’t be doing it justice if you came for less.”
The new lodges are suitable for couples only (there is one double bed with a mosquito net over it). A pair of two-bedroom over-water bungalows suitable for families is scheduled to open soon.
The bungalows cost from about PGK720 a couple per night. The rate includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. A return boat trip to Munda costs about PGK180.
The best time to visit is dry season, from March to November.
For more information, see facebook.com/titiru.ecolodge. – GREG CLARKE
On the edge ... the Titiru Eco Lodge has over-water bungalows (above) and comfortable beds with mosquito nets (below).