By Robin Perry
What: Maravagi is a simple but stunningly-situated resort which is managed by the local community and is conveniently located only 1.5-2 hrs banana boat ride away, in the western part of Central Province. This makes it a perfect choice for an easy and reasonably cheap weekend away from Honiara’s big smoke.
There are approx. 10 bungalows, each with 2-3 beds and flush toilet plus basic shower. There is also a large dorm which sleeps around 10 people. The resort is located next to a small village on Mangalonga island, on the water’s edge. There are not really any beaches in front of the resort, although there is a small stretch of sand without any reef or rocks in the shallows, making it a good spot to splash around in. There are long-ish stretches of sand about 5 mins walk away from the resort towards the surfing point.
The community has agreed that the reef directly out the front of the resort should be protected as a small, local marine reserve. This means you can look out from the large communal hut/dining area directly over the water’s edge onto crystal clear water teeming with colourful fish and coral. Prices can vary but are usually AUD30 per night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided at AUD 10-20/head for each meal. Food is simple but tasty, usually involving fresh fish.
By Jackie Eager
For the past few weeks I’ve been searching in the shops for tortillas, or wrap bread, with little luck.
I’ve been trying to cut down on naughty food and so thought some lettuce and carrot wraps for lunch would help me avoid all the gorgeous fish and chips on offer around Honiara. Sure, I could just order a salad but somehow, I always get to the counter and ‘fish and chips’ are the only words that are spoken. Occasionally ‘burger with chips’ also makes an appearance but never does the word ‘salad’ get uttered.
By Cid Mateo
With the year now in full swing and people finding their mojo in paradise, I’d like to tell you about a small local project a few of us are involved with – the local triathlon club.
It meets Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings for swimming training at its home base in Kakambona. All are welcome, we just ask that you introduce yourself to the Nathan (Thomo), the club’s head coach, or the senior group, and keep in mind that the team is training. The club holds monthly races on the last Saturday of the month, including triathlon relays, and swim-run (aquathlon) events, which you are welcome to join.
The beach belongs to Margaret and Godfrey, who live across the road, and their relatives. If they are around, introduce yourself and please respect their home. The club is extremely lucky to have access to the beach to train and race.
The club’s profile is growing thanks to local recruitment – they are mostly young men, but also a group of young women are training towards their first triathlon. This is a very big achievement in this environment.
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I’m just loving this velvet Christian Dior jacket which I found at the bale store near the ANZ bank, just up from the Lime Lounge. It’s in perfect condition, with the silver ‘D’ still hanging off the zip. I felt it was such a bargain at $20 that I had to buy it even though it’s the wrong size!
Where are you from and when did you arrive? Originally from Brisbane, but I lived in Canberra for nearly 10 years. I arrived in February 2014!
What brings you to Solomon Islands? I’m here to work as an AVID volunteer with the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology. I’m a Protected Areas Adviser there, helping the Ministry to declare protected areas in the Solomon Islands.
What’s your favourite thing to do here? Dive!
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve done in your life? Hmmm that is a tough one, I am constantly trying to top the last amazing thing… I can’t narrow it down to just one but my highlights so far include doing my Divemaster in Komodo, Indonesia, channelling Indiana Jones in the western desert of Egypt, diving with sailfish, dolphins and mantas in the Maldives and getting vertigo at the Priekestollen on the Sognefjord in Norway.
By Leigh Pirie
Months ago a friend passed on an email from another friend who had done some volunteer work here in the Solomon’s with a woman who had built a school. I started looking into the school and contacted her and now I am on her school board. Strange development, really.
By Jackie Eager
I’m enjoying the tropical flowers of the Solomon Islands. Each Saturday, flower sellers come to the Central Market to sell their flowers and greenery. While you can buy an arranged bunch, most of the stalls are of one or two types of flowers that you buy with the aim of arranging at home. I walked up and down the row, picking this flower and that, and chatting with the sellers. The market is packed with people, and it’s hot and noisy – an atmosphere that I find quite invigorating (in small doses!).
It seemed to me that everything on offer was $5 Solomon Dollars which equates to roughly $1 Australian Dollar. One of the good things about living in the tropics is just how readily available these beautiful plants are, as we only spent about $10 AUD to create five arrangements around the house. Coming home from the market, I enjoyed getting my vases out and putting the flowers together to see what looked best. I think this will become a new ritual for me to do on the weekends. More…
By Leigh Pirie
- 750 g fish fillets
- 2 cups coconut cream
- 2 tbs chopped onion
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbs cornflour
- 1 tbs grated ginger
- The juice of 2 limes
Mix cornflour to a smooth paste using 1 tbs of coconut cream. Add these to a saucepan along with the balance of coconut cream, finely chopped onions, salt and chilli. Bring to boiling point and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Add ginger and lime juice.
Cut fish into portions. Dip fish in flour and fry in hot oil until brown. Drain well and place fish in a casserole dish. Pour over coconut sauce and place sliced tomato on top. Cover and bake at 150 C for 20 minutes. Serve with lime wedges and steamed greens such as river fern or bok choy.