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Bellona Island, Rennell/Bellona Province

With six larger islands and several hundred smaller ones, working out how to get around the Solomon Islands might seem daunting at first. Luckily we’ve put together a guide for visitors to our island nation below, starting from some of the more popular locations you’d arrive in.

 

Honiara

Honiara is the capital of the Solomon Islands and is located on Guadalcanal Island. Honiara has domestic and international airports and is the jumping point for all of your travel within the Solomons.

From Honiara, there are regular domestic flights to 20 destinations within the Solomons and it is the starting point for many live-aboard tours and boat trips from the harbour at Point Cruz.

If you’re staying in Honiara, the international airport is about 11km from the city area. Your hotel can organise an airport transfer for you or taxi’s are readily available. There aren’t meters in the taxis in Honiara so make sure you agree your price before getting in.

There are lots of things to see and do in Honiara. You can hire a car and drive yourself or there are organised tours that you may prefer. Some highlights in Honiara include:

  • Battlefield tours (visiting Vilu War Museum, the American War Memorial, the Japanese War Memorial and other significant WWII sites such as Bloody Ridge and Red Beach)
  • There are lots of hikes to do from Honiara to waterfalls and jungles (link to Hike section)
  • Bonegi Beach: whether you prefer a picnic or BBQ on the beach or go wreck diving, this beach close to Honiara and is a great place to swim and relax
  • Iron Bottom Sound: the scene of some of WWII’s biggest battles. This channel just off Honiara is the resting place for over 50 warships and fighter planes. Fantastic wreck diving.

 

Western Province

The most popular part of the Solomons for tourist is the Western Province. This is where most travellers snorkel, dive and relax. Key areas in the Western Province are:

 

Munda

Munda is the largest community on the island of New Georgia and is on the southwestern tip. Roviana Lagoon is just offshore and is great primarily for diving & snorkelling.

Solomon Airlines has daily flights from Honiara to Munda and flight time is approximately 1 hour. Any resorts that are not on the mainland will organise boat transfers for you. Taxis and buses are available for travel around Munda.

 

Gizo

Gizo is the capital of the Western Province and is the second largest town in the Solomon Islands. Gizo is on Ghizo Island and is a great destination for relaxing on the beach, snorkelling and diving. If you stay at accommodation near Gizo, your accommodation provider can arrange a boat transfer for you. Boats can be easily hired to get around.

Gizo is approximately 1-2 hours from Munda by boat and about 15 minutes by air. We have daily flights from Honiara to Gizo which take approximately 1 hour and daily flights between Gizo and Munda.

 

Seghe

If you want to travel to the beautiful Morovo Lagoon, then you need to travel to Seghe on the south-eastern tip of New Georgia. Tourists travel to this part of the world to relax, snorkel, dive, kayak, fish and hike. The flight is about 1 hour from Honiara and the airstrip is made of crushed coral. Your accommodation provider will organise your boat transfer to your hotel.

 

Other destinations in the Solomons

Solomon Airlines travels to 20 destinations in the Solomons so we’re sure to be able to get you close to your destination.

Bellona Island, Rennell/Bellona Province

Bellona Island is densely populated and its interior is lush and fertile. There are ten villages on Bellona Island. The nearby Bellona Shoals were the site of a few shipwrecks making great dive zones. On the western end of Bellona Island at Ngabenga there were sacred stone gods. Bellona Island is located 180 km South East of Guadalcanal Island. The island is about 10 km long and 8 km wide. Bellona is the smaller of the two islands that make up the Rennell and Bellona Province.

Airport Name:

Bellona Island

Province:

Rennell/Bellona

Aircraft:

Twin otter (DH6)

Aircraft Transfer:

Transfer from Rennell Airport should be arranged in advance.

Population:

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

Main Industry:

Subsistence farming is the main industry for Rennell.

Health Care:

Clinic located in Nuku village

Police:

Royal Solomon Islands Police Constables located in Bellona

Main Transport:

Getting around Rennell is by bicycle. There are no taxis in Rennell.

Internet:

Internet is accessible through pf net

ATMs:

There are no ATM’s on Rennell.

Attractions

Tapuna Caves

The Tapuna Caves have an incredible history. This is where the original inhabitants of Bellona (Hiti) used to live.

One Bay

One Bay is the most beautiful part of Bellona Island with a mile long beach, shallow beautiful water, and a calm blue water.

Ahanga

The west end of Bellona Island at the lowest part of Bellona Island is Ahanga. With white sand and a beautiful setting, you can also see incredible sunsets from here.