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

Open-air Arts & Crafts in the park, outside the Art Gallery, Honiara Reply

Open Air Arts & Crafts in the park..’ Honiara, Solomon IslandsOpen 10am-4pm (best times)

Part of the Solomon Islands National Art Gallery (SINAG), Honiara..

Outside, under the colourful market stalls, you’ll find an array of hand made products by local Solomon Islanders, some of the traditional skills have been handed down thru their family generations, and show a strong Melanesian cultural influence.. they also use this space as their ‘studio’ and you can see them sitting under a tree, carving, using the specific timber or stone that they have been taught to use.. one of the carvers, Billy Vinajama is 82 years of age, from Gatokae Island at the gateway of Marovo Island, Billy is very passionate about his carving career & achievement and informs me he has been carving in stone for 44 years..



The ‘Avaiki Women’s Group (Women’s Arts & Crafts Group) are hapi, vibrant & actively involved in their craft: the weavers make mats, bags/ baskets/ kete (bag), fans/ jewellery & many more.. there are makers of print/ tie-dye on t-shirts/ dresses/ lavalava & cloth, some make jewellery produced out shell beads/ paper beads into intricate pieces of wearable jewellery.. the women’s leader is ‘Janet Ramoteo’

Avaiki Women’s Group: (women’s group photo)




L-R; 1:Janet Ramoteo, 2:Ela Maesulia, 3:Lucy Bangoika, 4:Nancy Tangangiki, 5:Ruth Sina, 6:Tala Maitaki, 7:Nancy Teabaika, 8:Melina Teahe, 9:Joyce Augia, 10:Nancy Tango, 11:Tusiato Graley, 12:Nesary Taiake, 13:Rose Maenaha..

L-R; 1:Lisah Tony, 2:Marion Tembe, 3:Grace Delson, 4:Rose Sasali, 5:Tahira Joe, 6:Jewter Orelly, 7:Rosa Giaka, 8:Rosana Farodo

Contact: If you have any enquiries, please contact Janet Ramoteo, Avaiki Women’s Group.

You can also ring Janet +677 773 0174 (Women’s Group Leader)

Location: Main Street of Honiara, on the corner, next to the round-about that leads to the Heritage Park Hotel, in the surrounding grounds next to the Solomon Islands National Art Gallery, (or, if staying at the Heritage Park Hotel Honiara, it is on the right side as you enter), there is a entertainment stage, large building that hosts & exhibits up to 60 local artist’s work, from paintings, sculptures, woven craft, jewellery out of paper & shell & carvings in timber & stone.. and more, these are for sale.

Opening times: 10am-4pm/ Monday-Saturday  ((Note: Some Stall Holders open on Sundays, but not all))

So, come down and have a chat, or you can watch traditional local & national Solomon Islander carvers, weavers, knitters & jewellery makers create their magic..

Pijin Klas & Kuking Klas: ringim Maggie lo namba Reply


Piksa blong Maggie an Veronika (Edita)
Solomon Island Piji Klas & Kuking Klas:

Maggie Wateha’a 
South Malaita, Malaita province

Setifikit:

  • Tisim solomon aelan pijin (U.S peace Corps)
  • Linqiust

Bukking (SICHE)
Sekreteri
Diploma

  • Laebrian (US Peace Corps

Klas:

  • Pijin klas : (long request)- 
  • Kuking klas (fresh lokol prodius)
  • Culture orenteison
  • Biginas (kos) course
  • Advance(kos)
  • grup (1- 15 pipol)
  • aoas (kos) 1 aoa tu 2 
  • kost ( toktok abaotim )

Taem: : from 7am – 9pm
Mandei tu satudei

(bitwin aoas)

Sapos iu garem eni questin iu ringim maggie lo namba 
+6777473631

+6777399677

Pijin Classes & Cooking Classes: ring Maggie  Reply


Photo of Maggie (Pijin tutor/ cooking tutor) & Veronika (Editor)

Taken 16/03/2017 @ Lime Lounge cafe, Honiara

Maggie Wateha’a from Malaita Province, South Malaita

Maggie has been teaching ‘Solomon Island Pijin’ for 22 years, involved with RAMSI since 2004 up until 2016, and was involved with a variety of International NGO’s , VSA (Volunteers Service Abroad), AVI, NZH, Australian High Commission.. Maggie has also been involved with the American Peace Corps for 12 years, achieved a certificate teaching S.I Pijin through Peace Corp’s Washington (cert In Linguistics)..

Besides ‘Pijin Classes’, Maggie also teaches

Certificate:

  • Teaching Solomon Island Pijin 
  • Linguistics

Diploma: 

  • Librarian (English)

CLASSES’:

  • Pijin 
  • Cooking; for beginners up to advanced / ingredients are ‘fresh local produce’..
  • Culture Orientation’ classes:
  • From one person up to group of 15′
  • (No matter how small the group)
  • Individuals
  • group of 15..

Times: 7am – 9pm.
Duration: Classes run from 1Hour up to 2 Hours (course)

Days: Monday to Saturdays

Cost: (negotiable)

 If you have any queries please contact Maggie

+677 747 3631

+6777399677

Honiara, Solomon Islands

Press Release..’Solomon Islands Dive Expeditions’ Sponsors Largest Photography Contest in Solomon Islands History.. Reply

Solomon Islands Dive Expeditions Sponsors Largest Photography Contest in Solomon Islands History

Solomon Islands Dive Expeditions along with our sister-company Dive Munda, is hosting the largest photography contest in Solomon Islands history. With over $22,000USD ($1.7 million SBD) in prizes, we expect to draw submissions from around the world.

Photographers are invited to submit their best photos or portfolios of life above or underwater in Solomon Islands. An international jury will reward the best portfolio along with best underwater shots. Up to 100 honorable mentions will be selected and submitted for public judging and selection of an additional prize winner.

Solomon Islands is still relatively undiscovered by travellers. We want our visitors to share their experiences and inspire others to visit these beautiful happi isles. From WWII relics scattered in the jungle to leaf-hut villages where traditional culture is alive, there’s so much on offer. Then there’s the visual appeal, with scenery reminiscent of a Discovery Channel documentary: volcanic islands, croc-infested mangroves, huge lagoons, amazing underwater vistas and tropical islets. Travelling the Solomons onboard Taka allows divers and adventure seekers to discover the very best of the Central and Western provinces.

Practical information:
Full Rules and Details
Deadline: Dec 31, 2017
Results of the Vote: Jan/Feb 2018
Photographs must comply with contest rules and must be submitted 

via the Ultimate Photo Competition page.

About Solomon Islands Dive Expeditions
Solomon Islands Dive Expeditions first started operations in 2014 with its vessel Solomon Star. In 2016, the company expanded operations with a new vessel, Taka. With 12 guest rooms housing up to 24 clients, Taka explores diving in some of the most remote and beautiful locations in the Solomons. Divers explore cuts and caverns, WWII wrecks and pristine coral diversity throughout the Ngella and Russell Island groups as well as travelling to Marovo Lagoon. While scuba diving is the main focus of these trips, Taka’s guests are also introduced to the vibrant culture within Solomon Islands with village visits and tours. 

Contact: To learn more about this contest, 
please visit our website at http://www.solomonsdiving.com or email:

Shaz KozakSolomon Islands Dive Expeditions

Email: shaz@dive-solomon.com
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Full Rules and Details hyperlink: 

http://www.solomonsdiving.com/photo-contest-rules
Ultimate Photo Competition hyperlink: 

http://www.solomonsdiving.com/ultimate-photo-competition-entry
 
 

they say, a piksa can tell a thousand words…  Reply

They say, ‘a picture can tell a thousand words’.. Gerald fav’ saying..I do believe this philosophy to be true, probably because we’re both keen artist (that could help), we draw & paint pictures..

 It helps if you have a keen eye for photo-graphy, and I love a great picture.. 

but, seriously.. here are some pictures of me with our host family & good frens in Honiara & surrounding areas..

(Just so you might like to see who/what I look like, ’tis all).. 

love snorkelling, diving, swimming too

This first photo image was taken with my new you-bute GoPro camera..