New Georgia Islands, Solomons
The New Georgia Islands are part of the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. They are located to the northwest of Guadalcanal. The larger islands are mountainous and covered in rainforest. The main islands are New Georgia, Vella Lavella, Kolombangara (a dormant volcano), Ghizo, Vangunu, Rendova and Tetepare. They are surrounded by coral reefs and includes the largest salt water lagoon in the world: Marovo lagoon. Main towns include Gizo and Munda.
The New Georgia Islands are an excellent place to explore the culture and history of the Solomon Islands. Attractions include excellent diving and snorkelling at a variety of sites, Gizo, the provincial capital, Kolombangara Island volcano, Marovo Lagoon and Skull island.
Things to see and do
* Hiking to the volcano rim on Kolombangara
* Snorkeling & diving at a variety of sites
* Skull Island
* Village visits
* Gizo and Munda
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Solomon Islands Dollar (SBD)
Language – English, Melanesian Pijin
Land Area – 2145 km² (New Georgia Island)
Population – 20,000 + approx (New Georgia Island)
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus eleven hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 677
Port Location – There are ports located at Munda, the administrative centre of New Georgia Island and Gizo.
Transport Links – Flights are available from Honiara to Munda on New Georgia Island and to Gizo on Ghizo Island.