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Rennell Island, Rennell/Bellona Province

Rennell Island, Rennell/Bellona Province

Rennell Island is locally known as Mugaba, with Tigoa as the provincial capital of Rennell and Bellona. Rennell is a World Heritage Site and home to the South Pacific’s largest inland lake - Lake Tengano. Rennell is the southernmost island in the Solomon Islands. Rennell is a raised coral atoll, withLake Tengano at its southeastern end. Rennell is approximately one hour by air from Honiara, and the airstrip is located on the western half of the island. Solomon Airlines flies to Tigoa on Rennell Island twice a week (subject to change).

Airport Name:

Tingoa (RNL)

Province:

Rennell/Bellona

Aircraft:

Twin otter (DH6), Islander (BN2)

Aircraft Transfer:

Transfers to and from the Airport must be made by prior arrangement.

Population:

Rennell and Bellona Province: 3,025 (2010 census estimates)

Main Industry:

Tigoa on Rennell is the provincial capital and administrative headquarters for Rennell and Bellona Province, with subsistence farming being the main industry.

Health Care:

There is a health clinic located in Tingoa.

Police:

Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP) and Ramsi presence in Tingoa station.

Main Transport:

Transportation is by boat. There are no taxis on Rennell. There is only one road on Rennell and only several vehicles that drive along it.

Internet:

There are limited internet services on Rennell Island.

ATMs:

There are no ATMs on Rennell Island.

Attractions

Lake Tegano

Lake Tegano is the largest lake in the Pacific at 27km long and 9km wide and is listed as a World Heritage site. At the western end of the lake, there are about 200 islets. In addition to the unique wildlife in the area, there are also the sunken remains of several Catalina seaplanes from WW11, with some of them in shallow water.

Wildlife on Rennell Island

Rennell is home to several endemic species. Most notable and well known around the world are four species of birds, The Rennell Starling, Bare eyed white eye, Rennel Shrikebill and the Rennell fantial. Other endemic species include ants, sea snakes and snails.