Monday, 01 July 2024 04:23

Marovo Lagoon – “eighth wonder of the world”

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Little has changed in the Solomon Islands’ Marovo Lagoon since American author James A. Michener, visiting the archipelago in 1946 to research his Pulitzer-prize winning Tales from the South Pacific, described the area as the “eighth wonder of the world.”

Located in the country’s Western Province, this pristine region is home to the biggest double barrier reef-enclosed lagoon on the planet and has been recognised as a tentative UNESCO World Heritage listing for its outstanding natural and cultural features.

The lagoon boasts high levels of coral diversity and one of the world’s richest concentrations of fish species including sharks and rays. Whales, dolphins and sea turtles are also very common in these waters.

Annually attracting growing numbers of international travellers, the bulk of which are SCUBA enthusiasts, Marovo Lagoon is also becoming popular with those simply looking to unwind in a truly unspoiled environment.

And it’s easy to do. Home to some scattered 12,000 people, Marovo Lagoon is easily reached, just a one-hour Twin Otter flight from the capital Honiara to a grass strip landing at Seghe. From there, it’s a short boat ride to one of the many eco-resorts and homestays dotting the area, several of which specialise in hosting divers.

One of these is Evis Resort Nggatirana Island. Just 20-odd minutes from Sehge Airstrip, the resort comprises five individual luxury bungalows, each with king-sized bed and private facilities.

The resort’s activities schedule offers guests snorkelling, kayaking and bushwalking to some of the island’s prehistoric sites and stone carving. SCUBA enthusiasts are also well catered to with first-class dive facilities located nearby.

Pack Ya Bags Travel is currently offering a five-day/four-night stay at the resort, the package complete with daily board, return boat transfers ex-Seghe Airstrip, and a host of activities including a reef island picnic and free use of the resort’s snorkelling equipment and kayaks.

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