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
Single adult $650
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
(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
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