Solomon Islands Expedition
From 16/05/2020 to 26/09/2020
Trek through the lush jungles and discover the rich underwater ecosystem and pristine reefs of the Solomon Islands with guided visits to Tetepare and Hopei islands.
Join locals in participating at a bung, or community day.
You’ll attend a church service and sit down for a feast, learning about traditional customs and the local way of life in Titiru village.
Learn the history of : 4.
Lunches Included: 4.
Dinners Included: 2.
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 4 - 12.
Itinerary / more information
Day 1 - Munda Welcome to the Solomon Islands! You will be met at Munda Airport by your group leader and will take a very quick transfer to your lodge for the evening. Relax into your accommodation, or ‘stap isi’ as the locals would say, before an important welcome meeting at 3 pm, where you will continue the introductions with your fellow travellers. Please remember to bring with you a copy of your medical insurance details for your group leader’s record. There’s a couple of important things to consider when travelling in the Solomon Islands, and your leader will fill you all in at this time. Afterwards, jump on a boat and get exploring – today you’re off for an afternoon snorkel and swim.
Day 2 - Munda – Titiru Stock up on an early breakfast then get back on the water to travel by boat to your Titiru village homestay. Be ready to unplug from the world for a few days and take in the untouched wilderness of the Solomon Islands. Once arrived, take a walk through the local village, and be welcomed into this community with smiles, local dances and a church service. The Titiru community, like most Melanesian island life, places strong emphasis on community, and today, you will eat with the locals at a large community feast. Called a ‘bung’, this community event is all about coming together once a week to allow time for everyone to catch up, so relax and enjoy the festivities.
Day 3 - Titiru – Tetepare This morning, head from Titiru to Tetepare Island – roughly a 1.5-hour boat ride away. Keep in mind that you’ll set off by boat when the seas are at their calmest, so be prepared for an early wake-up call! Tetepare is one of the largest uninhabited tropical islands in the world, and has remained mostly untouched throughout the years, despite decades of logging on other islands here. Today, you’ll have the chance to see this island in all its pristine beauty, keeping your eye out for endangered turtles and dugongs in their natural habitat, and searching for some of the region’s best marine life. For those who want to stretch their legs, why not embark on a rainforest walk with your group leader, discovering some of the island’s primary lowland forest. Settle in for the afternoon and evening at Tetepare Island for a couple of drinks with your group, and enjoy a beach barbecue as the sun sets over the Solomon Sea and another day in the islands.
Day 4 - Titiru After breakfast, you will have the chance to explore the island for another day. Take a walk into the jungle in search of some of the local wildlife – you may be lucky enough to spot hornbills, tiny pygmy parrots or the endemic Tetepare White-eye birds. Take another swim in the nearby coral reefs and relax along the beach, then after lunch, head back to your waiting boat where you will transfer to Titiru for the rest of the evening. You’re on island time now, so sit back and relax.
Day 5 - Munda This morning, enjoy breakfast and get ready for another adventure. Today’s all about chasing waterfalls, so be sure to pack some comfortable trekking sandals that you’re happy to get wet, as this trail can get a bit dicey. Your boat ride from Titiru will take around 35 minutes, then you’ll head into the jungle for a challenging yet rewarding trek to Munda Waterfall. Once you’ve made it, you’ll have some time to relax by the waterfall, perhaps with a swim or just taking in the serene sights. After a light lunch, head back into Munda and after checking back into your accommodation and possibly grabbing a bite to eat, jump back on the water and head to picturesque Hopei Island for an afternoon swim. You may even be able to stock up a cooler with some drinks to have on the island! What a way to end off another day in this haven.
Day 6 - Munda This morning, meet Barnie Paulsen, who has been scouting the island of New Georgia for war memorabilia since he was a li