Suavanao, Santa Isabel Province
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Suavanao Airport is an airport on Santa Isabel Island in the Solomon Islands (IATA: VAO) The main destination off this airfield is Honiara, Solomon Island's capital. The airport has scheduled flights provided by Solomon Airlines using DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft 3 days a week depending on the season. The airstrip is mainly used by Isabel's inhabitants, it also provides a fast connection to a Papatura Island resort. The short airstrip is basically a leveled and cleaned up piece of land, surrounded by a dense tropical forest and narrow streams. It is not paved, and can only be used by small regional aircraft like the DHC-6 Twin Otter or Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander of Solomon Airlines. There is a small wooden cabin by the airstrip with very little access to electricity and means of communication with the mainland.
Suavanao Airport (VAO)
Twin otter (DH6)
Transfers from Suavanao airport are by boat
Isabel Province: 26,310 (2010 census estimates)
The main industries for Suavanao are Cattle Farming, Rootcrops and Copra
The nearest health centre is at Buala Hospital, about 113km from Suavanao Airport. Phone: (+677) 35016
Police Post is situated Buala
Main transport options include a boat ride to the nearby islands
There are no Taxis in Suavanao Airport
There is no internet on Suavanao but mobile phone coverage is available on Suavanao Airport
Mobile phone coverage is available in Suavanao
There are no bank ATM’s at Suavanao
Tours and Activities
Surfing in Suavanao
There are waves for all levels of surfing enthusiast with some great local breaks that are consistent all year. The best time for surf is between November and April when you can expect up to six foot waves.
Fishing in Suavanao
You are spoiled for choice as the area is abundant with many varieties of fish to catch. If you’re a first time angler and just want to sit on a jetty and throw a line out, there are plenty of catch and release opportunities however sports fishing opportunities abound in the deeper waters.
Snorkelling in Suavanao
The area offers some amazing snorkeling opportunities with various soft and hard corals, World War II wrecks and tropical fish to find. A signature snorkel experience is the blue lagoon which looks like a volcanic hole. You will have the change to swim with friendly black tip sharks, sea turtles and manta rays.
Rainforest Walks in Suavanao
There are many walks to take all with something special on offer such as waterfalls, rock pools and wildlife galore. The walks can vary in difficulty and it is advised to have a moderate amount of fitness to take on the challenge.
Village Experience in Suavanao
A highlight to the Solomon Islands is having a village experience and the one in Suavanao is no different. Visit the traditional haus and the cook haus. Chat with the villagers and enjoy playing with the kids. See how village life is today and see how the village is retaining its traditions and culture.
Located between the Isabel and Choiseul Province, these four small islands are home to the largest rookery of the critically endangered hawksbill turtles in the South Pacific. The Arnavon Community Marine Conservation area was established to protect the remaining hawksbill turtle population and the unique flora and fauna and here you can learn more about the turtles, swim, snorkel, relax or take a cultural tour.
Noguna Island Homestay
About 2 hours from Suavanao, this is truly an amazing home stay experience in which you are encouraged to immerse yourself in the village lifestyle. You will be given a traditional welcome, enjoy hands on experience making tools and crafts and learn the ways of the local Melanesian culture.
Vavaghio Guest House
This remote island getaway is picture perfect and made for those that want to relax, surf, snorkel, or visit the Arnavon Community Marine Protection area in which you can learn about turtle conservation, dig for Megapode eggs, swim amongst amazing corals and go on cultural heritage tours.
Papatura Island Retreat
Enjoy Papatura Island Retreat, Solomon’s oldest holiday destination and Santa Isabel’s first world standard tourism project. Relax in your beachfront bungalow with warm tropical waters lapping the white sand beach on metres from your deck. Papatura boasts excellent fishing and awesome surfing, world class reefs for snorkelling, some great tropical rainforest walks and a true culture experience unspoilt by mass tourism. Papatura Island Retreat is your island getaway and is quickly being known as one of the Pacific’s most sought after secret spots to step off the map and leave behind the worries of the modern world. Pure isolation.