Out and About
A similar contrast can be found between the enigmatic and thoroughly enjoyable Imagination Island Coral Reef Resort, and Heritage Park Hotel; once again showcasing the mix of ocean adventure, and sophisticated hospitality that now exist harmoniously, often within yards of each other.
Alternately, the growing number of low-mid budget accommodations is diversifying the sector even more; the Rock Haven Inn and Hibiscus Homestay perfect examples of a growing home-from-home experience that can now be found across the nine provinces and that are often perfect for the business traveller demographic.
From these bases, the leisure activities on offer leave little by way of surprise, but everything in terms of adventure and amazement. And once again, this needn’t be a choice between pleasure and business, with much of the country’s ocean-based activities a mere stones-throw from the key towns and cities.
The aforementioned Marovo Lagoon is chief among the ‘pleasure’ category, its coral reefs having been described as the “eighth wonder of the world”. Bonegi offers a slight variation on the theme however. In 1942, two large Japanese freighters sank 12 kilometres off the coast of Honiara, and the remains now serve as a poignant diving nirvana reminiscent of an enlarged fish tank display.
Kolombangara Volcano and Mataniko Falls will give you the chance to explore nature in all its glory should time - and fitness - allow, but inland pursuits are equally catered for should history, culture and cuisine be more your style. Vilu War Museum and Honiara’s Central Market are experiences not to miss to this end.