Let’s talk about ‘awa’, ‘wai’.. yes, WATER.. life giving, replenishing, it’s abundance, how important it is to all life that lives in it, on it, beside it.. #WaterIsLife, #HeOraTeWai, #Marcus Matawhero Lloyd.. #StrongHeartHikoi.. Marcus is on a 10,000 steps hikoi (walk) around East Coast/ Central of North Isl New Zealand to bring attention for saving ‘WATER’, the pollution in our creeks-rivers- streams- oceans of New Zealand are being polluted, and around the world.. what was once pristine is being threatened.. if you wish to add your own favourite original story & photo, of your ‘water scene/ place’, just follow #WaterIsLife Reply

#WaterIsLife, #HeOraTeWai, Marcus Matawhero Lloyd.. #StrongHeartHikoi

  
This is dedicated to an important subject, #Water, ‘awa’, ‘wai’, our lives depend on it..!
one that Marcus is creating alot of noise & attention for, and rightly-so.. he is on a 10,000 steps hikoi (walk) around East Coast, North Island New Zealand’s to bring attention to an important ‘resource’ for our planet and every single living thing on it.. ?


“Life giving WATER”.. with out this resource, we all are in alot of trouble..

The ‘WATER we drink is being polluted, help protect ‘WATER’ .. follow Marcus by clicking on the highlighted name is the start of this post, see what else is happening & how you can help..  this affects you too, it affects all of us..


   
Most of my immediate family/ grandparents/ cousins/ uncles & aunties – that can relate to my ‘korero’ (story).. since I was a lil girl, (a 2 year old- dad & mum tell me) I have ’embrased the waters around Mahia like a ‘fish’, I could swim at 2 years of age (2yo) confident & keen ‘young protege scuba diver’ from 7yo, and I still dive today, now a keen GoPro underwater photographer & editor for a Tropical Pacific nations Website..The Pineapple Post, Solomon Islands I have been fortunate to snorkel & dive off some of the most stunning Solomon Island tropical iconic dives sites, best in the world, and photograph/ video these.. but, what I did notice, was pollution, plastic bags & other domestic waste floating in these waters.. sad to say these are now destroying the once pristine oceans around these tropical islands that make up the 900+ islands..

    
Aotearoa: ..when I was old enough to remember’ 4yo-13 year old, We’d drive back here with my family, dad Arthur and my mum Joy, my 4 siblings back in mid-1960’s-1980’s life there is relaxed, slow & abundant.. with plenty of kai moana gathered by my dad (local diver), plenty of hungi’s, gathering for events at the marae, lamb’s tails cooking & that distinct smell of ‘burning wool, up the air’, I remember eating ‘paua, kina, crayfish, snapper..
It was always a very long productive day on the boat scuba diving/ spear fishing..

  I love the ocean, connect to it, respected it’s constant change & dangers, and, I’ve always been a passionate advocate for ‘Water’, loved this journey.. 

My childhood journey as a protege scuba diver with my dad, AAotearoa:.. my dad & my uncle/s would always do a “karakia” to bless our activities for this day.. -we always returned tired, but with a blessed abundant catch.. ready to share our catch with the Opoutama whanau..

I have been raised by the water’s here, protected by the ‘wairua’, guided by the ‘tipuna’.. 

Today, I am proud to say, Water Is My Life, and let’s protect what resources we have left..
I endeavour, to return home to Aotearoa from Oz, where I have lived for many years..returning to learn the ‘traditional Māori ways of wairua, te reo Māori, Rongomaiwahine te iwi, Waipiata te awa’ and return to help keep our traditional lands sacred & protected.. 

Arohanui e Para Siempre

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Suboko.. North-East Guadalcanal Easter Long Weekend activity..15-17/04/2017: take your camera for an action packed weekend of: trekking/ tropical forest walk/ mountain climb (1 1/2hrs to top), tents, food, tube rafting, cave sighting, local bonfire by the river, look out plateau, basket weaving..  Reply

Are you still looking for something to do this Easter Long Weekend.. Suboko.. North-East Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.. this Easter 2017 Long Weekend, Vota & the team have a variety of action packed adventure & activities: from Easter Saturday 15/04- Monday 17/04/2017: take your camera for some stunning rain forest scenery and island landscape shots of breat taking views of Malaita, Isobel and Central Province from the mountain look-out.. 

  • trekking
  • bush/ hill climb (1 1/2hrs to top), 
  • tents, 
  • food, 
  • tube rafting, 
  • cave sighting, 
  • local bonfire by the river, 
  • look out plateau, 
  • basket weaving.. 


Suboko is a tiny hamlet located in the Paripao Ward, the same river flowing down the Bokokimbo River. Suboko offers one of the best trekking in the Guadalcanal. It is a trekking full of surprises in an overgrown tropical rain forest with the Popomanaseu clear in sight and the breath taking views of Malaita, Isobel, Central Province from the mountain look-out. 

Just one & half hour up the mountain to Paepae Village, home to some of the best master weavers of the Guadalcanal’s neatly woven traditional baskets.. then 2 hours to the drop off point.. then trek down the hill for 1 half hours down to the village by the river bank for the activities: Suboko.. tube rafting, cave sighting, local bonfire by the river, look out plateau, basket weaving.. 

cost: $1200 SBD… for your; accommodation, transport, food, trekking fee, porters to carry food supplies..

Contact Vota for more detailed information or bookings: +677 710 5092

Email: debzluk@gmail.com

Bilikiki Dive & Cruises- Solomon Islands.. 1 space available for Easter 2017 14/04-17/04/2017 .. 3 nights- 3 days.. are you a solo traveller this Easter Wknd..  1

Bilikiki Dive & Cruises- Solomon Islands

                                                                    


       
All inclusive in cost of cruise.. diving in some of the best spots in the Solomon Islands, your accommodation (twin share cabins) all your meals, also for non-dive-ticket-holders: there is snorkelling, fishing (not near divers), swimming, relax.. speak or contact the Bilikiki team if you want more detailed information, contact info attached below..  


There are also 1 or 2 island stops, if fishing interests you, notify them in-advanced and the Bilikiki team will arrange a tinny and one of the team will take you to an allocated spot.. (fishing is not permitted within the Islands & reefs)

 
If you think you’ve missed out this time, you & frens will get another opportunity,  Bilikiki Dive & Cruise Solomon Islands has planned another dive cruise for 28/04-30/04/2017.. look for post towards the end of this week.. or contact them

contact: enquiries or bookings/ Honiara office: +677 20412 …. located upstairs near Yacht Club

Email: bilikiki@solomon.sb… 

‘Maravagi Resort’.. on the island of Mangalonga, part of Florida Islands area.. snorkelling is just so easy to do here, out front of your room, service was friendly, food plentiful.. discover the boat wreck and coral reefs (soft), heaps of tropical fish, huge clams, baitball, manta rays.. stunning & vibrant colours, warm water.. great for underwater photographs  Reply

Maravagi Resort: Part of the Florida Island area.. Solomon Islands..

  

 

Just returned from a snorkelling weekend away @ this stunning area, (underwater shots done on my gopro camera).. heaps of tropical fish, baitball, ship wreck, manta rays (not this time), sandy beaches, bush/ hill walk (check with hosts), basic & humble accommodation, good food (daily menu) great company.. quiet & peaceful too.. 
just laze away the hours, snorkelling just right next to island, took my ukulele to play quiet easy listening music, there is walking on the stunning beach, or take photo’s (ask permission to take photo of local people)..

     

Maravagi Island, part of the Florida Group of Island 
Solomon Islands

Traditional owners are the hosts, with the help of family members.. (Some work & live on site)
Maravagi Resort contacts: 
Bookings: John: +677 885 5470

Joyce: +677 873 8777

Mathias: +677 732 4472

{Editors notes: some of the easiest and best snorkelling & photography I’ve done.. everything was easy access..just returned from 2 days & nights out on Maravagi Resort, service was friendly & helpful, meals plentiful..couldn’t eat it all.. rooms were basic but, after plenty of activities like snorkelling, photographing everything, walking, and playing my ukulele and a shower.. anywhere to sleep was welkam..

If you walk outside the boundaries of the resort, ask your hosts; where ‘not’ to walk, ask for information of where to go, what the track is like.. stick to the tracks, let someone know where you’re going and approx time of return.. wear clothes that cover your legs/ arms (or sarong & open cotton L/S shirt) because of sandflies & mozzies..

One thing you might notice.. it’s peaceful & quiet, plenty of places to sit and while-away your time, read a book, watch everyone swim or snorkel.. everything is within walking distance.. 

unfortunately didn’t get to see the ‘manta rays this time’ but there was plenty to do & see.. (only confident swimmers/ snorkellers need try this, they feed in strong currents, banana boat ride out to these is separate cost, if you don’t see any, you don’t pay for it)

Pack a parker/ rain coat (light-weight): One thing I wished have packed was my ‘raincoat/ parker’, it rained off & on, that wasn’t a problem I was already wet, but I needed it for the early banana boat ride back to civilisation.. 

What I packed: travel towel, toothbrush/paste/ travel bottle with sml amount of shampoo/ conditioner/ moisturiser/ liq soap, Easy enuf to pack a foldable wide brimmed hat, mozzie repellant (there are mozzies), togs & snorkel gear, light clothes (sarong, best to pack cotton gear to wear: long comfy pants/ cotton dress/ long sleeved top etc), pack your thongs, comfy walking shoes/ or rock shoes, I took my own water bottle (3 small frozen filtered alkaline water from home).. note: they did have sum small bottled water for sale.. pack sum plastic seal-up bags (if your boat trip is a wet one- your stuff may stay dry).. my ukulele was in a hard case, on the banana boat, there is storage space to put your stuff, they supply life jackets.. but if you got one- take it.. the boat trip takes between 1 1/2- 2 1/2 hours all pending weather & ocean (crossing) conditions..

* Accommodation is basic bungalow, sheets & pillow, mozzie net, fans provided (please ask for one)..
* Banana Boat trip there & back is separate cost.. take a group or share with others (5-8) share cost of boat.. note: separate to accommodation cost

* 3 meals a day on offer, daily menu, was separate cost to accommodation & boat trips, plenty to eat, when we were there we all enjoyed fruits, fish pieces, fish whole, fish soup, chicken, curried dishes with rice, beef sausages, beef mince (variety of dishes), eggs, vegetables, salad (loved the salad), plenty of rice & the best hand made bread & rolls.. (made & baked onsite)

*vegetarians please notify when booking

I’d just like to say a big tankiu tumas to frens & the former editor of pineapplepost, Gerald & his wife Cat for the invite & for helping out, you made my snorkelling weekend a memorable one.. 

and thank you to all the team that work & live on-site, all local people on Maravagi Resort.. the service was friendly, food plentiful..

  

Some of my best bits of Honiara and beyond 2

Leaving on a jet plane, I don’t know when I’ll be back again, oh babe I’m set to go. (Now all the Australians of a certain age have their hands in the air swaying from side to side with the music.) But Oh what a time to leave Honiara. Just when my email inbox tells me there are thousands of local hotties wanting to meet me … oh well always best to leave them wanting more.

Before I go a quick summing up of some of my peak experiences of the Solomons before Veronica and team take over the editorship. And, of course, a chance to share some of those contacts I have been too slack to get out there before this.



Playing with the dolphins at Dolphin View Beach
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You can go out on the boat from Dolphin Beach and chase the local pod of dolphins up and down the coast. It can feel a bit like you are harassing them. But they can swim two or three times the speed of the boat and hold their breathe for an hour and yet they keep coming back and frolicking in the bow wave and leaping and spinning for your entertainment, so you have to figure they are not two upset by it all. And they are still there by the time your petrol starts running out. Of course you have to get in the water and try and swim with the dolphins but they never let anyone get close. More…

Getting away from Honiara Day cruise to Roderick Bay Saturday 26 November 1

The 360 day cruises were becoming a semi-regular feature of life in Honiara earlier in the year. They were a great, no-fuss way of getting out of town for the day and exploring the nearby islands.


…. And then came the disastrous Tavanipupu trip. It looked like it had it all, exclusive island retreat, a nice long cruise down and the coast to town the east and lots of happy party goers. But as some of you will remember it was all a bit of bad timing and overcommitment. The boat was running in a new engine and the seas were against them so it all became a very slow rough trip with lots of green and bilious people arriving home much later and much disgruntled.

The day trip to Roderick Bay on Saturday is much more in the style of the original and much more enjoyable model. These are much calmer waters and the big catamaran is stable and safe. There’s good coffee and other drinks available on board. (Your first drink is included in your ticket price.)

It only about two hours easy cruising to Roderick Bay through the spectacular Sandfly Passage and the Bay itself is glorious place to hang out, as you would have seen if you have read the previous post.


Your not just confined to the beach, but can go for walks around the area as well. But I wouldn’t miss out on the chance to snorkel on the coral beds or the wreck of the World Discoverer and see how the reef is rapidly reclaiming it. There’s also the flying fox and rope swings strung between the beach and the wreck.

The beach behind the wreck is gorgeous. Big old trees hanging out over the water creating deep cool shade and great climbing above the shallow, child-friendly in-shore area before the nit Ian drop off to the wreck.


The catering on-shore is being done by Roderick Bay Beach Haven and is a much improved, more cosmopolitan version of local food in great quantity.

Then it is back through the Passage and back to Honiara as the sun sets.

The only problem you have to cope with is getting into the 360 Office and buying your tickets in the next couple of days. Places are limited so don’t leave it to the last moment or you could miss out.


Hopefully this will be the new beginning of regular day trips. So if you, like me, want this to be available as an option in Honiara get your tickets and now and show them that we support it with wallets
Tickets:

Single adult $650

Child $450

Family (two adults and up to three children, so spend a couple of days to pick your favourite three) $1800

Some tickets may be available on the day on board if not full $750
Ticket Office:

360 Office

Commonwealth Ave

Point Cruz

(Next to Lime Lounge and Boaro and Associates)
What to bring:

Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc

Snorkelling gear, towel, coral shoes and gloves for climbing on wreck, etc

Walking shoes/thongs

Some cash for extra drinks on board, beer and wine also available as well as soft drinks

Musical instruments for jamming on boat on way back

Great to bring the children, but also great to leave them at home
Departure 8.30 Honiara Wharf front

Arrival Honiara about 6pm

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The Shipping News – part 2 Reply

It is Tuesday in Honiara. That means there must be another luxury charter boat moored off the seafront. This week it is the MY Qing. It’s flying a Solomon’s flag but registered in the Cayman Islands.


Normally available for charter at exorbitant rates, but at the moment circumnavigating the world for three years with lots of diving in exotic locations and the occasional delivery of a water pump to needy villagers.
To quote Lucy Chabot Reed in the Triton:

Yacht departs on three-year circumnavigation with good will, supplies

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 by Lucy Chabot Reed in Crew News, News | 1 Comment

Capt. Gui Garcia and his 10 crew on the 151-foot Cheoy Lee M/Y Qing will set off from Ft. Lauderdale today at 2 p.m. on what is planned to be a three-year circumnavigation. First stop: Cayman Islands to await the weather window for Panama.
“We’re still planning it all,” Capt. Garcia said. “We’re taking it one leg at a time.”
Roughly, they expect to work their way around the South Pacific to Singapore, then across to Africa, over to Brazil and back to the United States. Along the way, they will do some spearfishing and diving in places “as remote as possible,” he said.
“Our goal is to go to places you can’t fly into.”
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The Shipping News Reply

I have one of the best balconies in Honiara for watching the comings and goings and hubbub of life in the city. Normally a great spot to hang out, read a book and lap up the cool breeze that always seems to miss the streets below. But at the moment I’m starring in my own private re-staging of Rear Window with my sprained ankle elevated and the trusty binoculars on constant standby.
It is amazing to watch the ever changing and erratic moods of the sea below, the schools of fish skipping across the water, the fierce flurries of frenetic feeding, the excitement and noise of the wedding party trucks in spontaneous procession and the general amble and congestion of everyday in Honiara from my eyrie on the hill.

But the most obvious coming and going of this past week are the two immense luxury super yachts intermittently parked off Town Ground; the very stylish and recently re-fitted Mystery and the even bigger Ethereal. They certainly do add a stark contrast to the usual OBMs puttering along the coast or out to central province and Savo. More…