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Solomon Islands Expedition tour
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Solomon Islands Expedition

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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
8 days
From: $ 2,600 $ 325 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Trek through lush jungles and discover the rich underwater ecosystem and pristine reefs of the Solomon Islands with guided visits to Tetepare and Hopei islands.
  • Join locals at a community day, or 'bung'. You’ll attend a church service and sit down for a feast, for firsthand experience of traditional customs and the local way of life in Titiru village.
  • Learn the history of what’s known as Kennedy Island – once a secondary wartime base for US President John F Kennedy and now a far-flung paradise of rainforests and colourful coral.
  • Meet Barnie Paulsen, a local man who has spent years collecting memorabilia in the jungle. Visit Barnie's backyard 'museum' full of wartime relics while he regales you with local stories.
  • Take the rare opportunity to visit the skull trophies at Lola Island, more commonly called Skull Island, and learn the head-hunting histories of the Solomon Island’s tribal culture.

Short Description

Pristine reefs and untouched beaches, traditional villages, jungles strewn with wartime relics – the Solomon Islands are the South Pacific's best-kept tropical secret. Meet the villagers of Titiru as you join in on a community day, explore a local historian’s ‘museum’ of artefacts dating back to World War II, swim and snorkel off the paradisiacal Hopei and Tetepare islands and learn about the head-hunting history of Skull Island. Spend time relaxing and absorbing the local cultures of the Solomons' island communities as you discover a place that offers so much to the curious traveller.

Style Small group tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Munda
End City Munda

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Attractions & Cities Visited

Solomon Islands

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Itinerary

Day 1 Munda

Welcome to the Solomon Islands! You will be met at Munda Airport by your group leader and will take a very quick transfer to your lodge for the evening. Relax, or ‘stap isi’ as the locals would say, at your accommodation before an important welcome meeting at 3 pm, when you will meet your fellow travellers. There’s a couple of important things to consider when travelling in the Solomon Islands, and your leader will fill you all in at this time. Afterwards, jump on a boat and get exploring – today you’re off for an afternoon snorkel and swim.

Day 2 Munda – Titiru

Stock up on an early breakfast then get back on the water to travel by boat to your Titiru Village homestay. Be ready to unplug from the world for a few days and take in the untouched wilderness of the Solomon Islands. Take a walk through the local village on arrival, and be welcomed into this community with smiles, local dances and a church service. The Titiru inhabitants, like many Melanesian people, place strong importance on community, and today you will eat with the locals at a large community feast. Called a ‘bung’, this event means coming together once a week to allow time for everyone to catch up, so relax and enjoy the festivities.

Day 3 Tetepare

This morning, head from Titiru to Tetepare Island – roughly a 1.5-hour boat ride away. Keep in mind that you’ll set off by boat when the seas are at their calmest, so be prepared for an early wake-up call! Tetepare is one of the largest uninhabited tropical islands in the world, and has remained mostly untouched throughout the years, despite decades of logging on other islands here. Today, you’ll have the chance to see this island in all its pristine beauty, keeping your eye out for endangered turtles and dugongs in their natural habitat, and searching for some of the region’s best marine life. For those who want to stretch their legs, why not embark on a rainforest walk with your group leader, discovering some of the island’s primary lowland forest. Settle in for the afternoon and evening at Tetepare Island for a couple of drinks with your group, and enjoy a beach barbecue as the sun sets over the Solomon Sea and another day in the islands.

Day 4 Tetepare - Titiru

After breakfast, you will have the chance to explore the island for another day. Take a walk into the jungle in search of some of the local wildlife – you may be lucky enough to spot hornbills, tiny pygmy parrots or the endemic Tetepare White-eye birds. Take another swim in the nearby coral reefs and relax along the beach, then after lunch, head back to your waiting boat where you will transfer to Titiru for the rest of the evening. You’re on island time now, so sit back and relax.

Day 5 Munda

This morning, enjoy breakfast and get ready for another adventure. Today’s all about chasing waterfalls, so be sure to pack some comfortable trekking sandals that you’re happy to get wet, as this trail can get a bit dicey. Your boat ride from Titiru will take around 35 minutes, then you’ll head into the jungle for a challenging yet rewarding trek to Munda Waterfall. Once you’ve made it, you’ll have some time to relax by the waterfall, perhaps with a swim or just taking in the serene sights. After a light lunch, head back into Munda and after checking back into your accommodation and, jump back on the water and head to picturesque Hopei Island for an afternoon swim. You may even be able to stock up a cooler with some drinks to have on the island! What a way to end off another day in this haven.

Day 6 Munda

This morning, meet Barnie Paulsen, who has been scouting the island of New Georgia for war memorabilia since he was a little boy. In the early days, he spent his time searching for brass and copper to sell to scrap merchants, but he later discovered an American dog tag and that, he says, forms the backbone of his private ‘museum’ of WWII relics. His backyard museum contains ammunition, machine guns, shells, knives and personal artefacts. Barnie will take you trekking through jungle and mountains littered with remnants of the war and, in the name of responsible tourism, please do not take any souvenirs of your own. On the walk you’ll see anti-aircraft gun placements, battle sites, the US aircraft and military dump and more.

Day 7 Skull Island & Kennedy Island

Today, you’ll learn of some local history and dramatic community events with a guided visit to Lola Island, or what’s commonly known as Skull Island. In centuries’ past, Solomon Islander tribes would raid nearby villages during times of conflict and the conquering groups would take back the lead warrior or chief’s head as a trophy. You’ll see these skull trophies on display, which, until recently, were strictly forbidden to visit unless you held a high stature in the local village. This is the only skull island in the Solomon Islands that village elders to be visited be outsiders. Your guide will also tell you about the two gods and the legend of Nusunusu – a common sculpture featured around the Islands. Later on, you’ll travel to Kasolo Island, or Kennedy Island – a place where US President John F Kennedy nearly lost his life during WWII after his craft was wrecked by a Japanese destroyer. You’ll learn about the history of this island, as well as have time to snorkel in the nearby reefs and sparkling waters. Travel back to Munda and enjoy another stunning sunset.

Day 8 Munda - Departure day

With no activities planned for today, you are free to depart at any time after breakfast, provided you comply with the lodge’s internal check-out procedures. For more information on flight schedules, arranging transfers from Munda to Honiara and onward international connections, please speak to your agent at the time of booking.

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Price Per Day: $ 325 per day
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Solomon Islands Expedition

The Solomon Islands are full of contrasts

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The Solomon Islands are full of contrasts. The waters around the islands are crystal clear with amazing snorkeling and diving. The history of occupation during WW2 still very much evident . The local guides were passionate about the history, both recent and traditional that has shaped their homeland. Be prepared for adventure.
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The Solomon Islands are beautiful!

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The Solomon Islands are beautiful! A great taste of melanesian culture, food and sunshine. Lots of swimming, local interaction and WW2 history to see. Never eaten so much food in all my life either! Was a great and memorable trip! Thank you to Steven our tour leader too!
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A great way to see a bit of the Solomon Islands

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A great way to see a bit of the Solomon Islands and experience the culture. If you like snorkelling there are many opportunities so take flippers, mask and snorkel. If you are thinking of staying a bit longer at the end of the trip think about staying on at Fatboys Resort in Gizo, which was the nights accommodation.
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Viewing wildlife in a natural setting

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Viewing wildlife in a natural setting with an experienced naturalist is outstanding

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Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport Private vehicle,Boat

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 12

Guides

All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

Additional Information

Finish point

  • Munda
  • Array
  • Munda
  • SOLOMON ISLANDS

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