Out There

Over­wa­ter bun­ga­lows in the Solomon Is­lands

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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).

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