FISH OF THE DAY has spent a lot of time looking at where to go and
where to stay when we visited the Solomon Islands. We have travelled
extensively throughout the group and thoroughly recommend it for
travellers who want to get off the beaten track. The history here from WWII
is extensive and the wreck diving second to none. Fishing is absolutely off
the hook with freshwater as well as reef and pelagic fisheries. We’ve
stayed at Raiders on Tulagi (great people and awesome dive operation),
Munda (Belinda and the Munda Dive team are world class) and north in the
Gizo area, the resorts and diving are just magic.
There are still areas of the islands where traditional village life still exists. We visited with the Moro people on Guadalcanal, but there are plenty of other opportunities to visit unique culture. You can even head over to Savo Island to find out how they use the active volcano to cook their food: and you can see a resident pod of Spinner Dolphins on the way.
The fishing in the Solomons is outstanding. While there is an abundance of pelagics like Tuna, Wahoo and Mahimahi seasonally (May to November), the real magic for us was the poppa fishing on the reef edges. We chose to fish with Zipolo Habu Resort and also the team from Fat Boys Resort in Gizo. Both provided an excellent service and are extremely knowledgeable guides.
It is the diving that was the single most outstanding element of our trip to the Solomons. In particular the WWII wrecks that litter the seafloor right throughout the island chain. Two dive operations were stand out for us – one in Munda and another in Gizo, although there are a number of other operators that we were recommended to dive with but simply ran out of time. Just tell us what you want to see and we will package it up.
Vilu Outdoor War Museum, Guadalcanal Skull Island – home to the skulls taken by the Gizo headhunter tribe.
The Peter Joseph War Museum, Munda – proprietor Barney is awesome.
Kennedy Island, Gizo – where JFK swam ashore after the sinking of PT-109.