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Rennell Island, Rennell and Bellona Province

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Rennell Island, Rennell and 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:

Rennell Airport (RNL)

Province:

Rennell and Bellona

Aircraft:

Twin otter (DH6)

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 at Tingoa station - Phone: (+677) 23666

Main Transport:

Transportation is by boat or truck.

Taxis:

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.

Tours and Activities

Snorkelling in Rennell Island

Snorkelling in Rennell Island

Rennell is the largest raised coral atoll in the world. There are various spots on the island that you can snorkel, one being Lake Tegano. There is a bomber submerged in the lake which is interesting to explore whilst snorkeling.

Wildlife on Rennell Island

Wildlife on Rennell Island

A nature paradise and home to several endemic species, including the Rennell Starling, the Bare-eyed White-eye, the Rennell Shrikebill and the Rennell Fantail. The province also has 730 insect species, an endemic orchid near Lake Tegano, two endemic species of Pandanus, the Rennell flying fox and an endemic lake sea snake.

Attractions

Lake Tegano at Rennell Island

Lake Tegano at Rennell Island
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Explore this World Heritage Listed lake with its abundant wildlife unique to the area or see the remains of Catalina seaplanes used in World War II, some being in shallow waters. There are also about 200 islets and various caves in the area, streams to swim in, and opportunities to canoe on the lake using traditional dugout canoes or sea kayaking organised through nearby accommodation.

Accommodation

Moreno Guest House

Moreno Guest House
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Conveniently located 3 minutes walk from the airport, the guest house has 12 rooms with self-catering facilities. Ideal for birdwatching, the nature trails start just behind the guest house. There are 6 species of bird in the area which will delight any twitcher to find.

Motumahi Lodge

Motumahi Lodge
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The island is small which allows you to have unique island experience in one of the most unexplored places in the Solomon Islands. The lodge is located in Lake Tegano and there are only two bungalows, one set up for families and the other for two couples. There is a shared shower and flushable toilets.