Discovering Marvelous Munda in the Solomon Islands

10 Aug 2017 Discovering Marvelous Munda in the Solomon Islands

During my two weeks in the Solomon Islands, I explored Honiara, Gizo and literally took a 10min flight to Mundo from Gizo! My dive computer did not even recognize it as a flight we were so low in the sky. I had a window seat and took great photos and video. The Solomon Islands include 900 islands, 600,000 people, 90 languages and nine provinces. Where will you explore first?

VIDEOIt’s time to leave Gizo and Fly to Munda, Solomon Islands

Where to stay in Munda?

I stayed at Agnes Gateway Hotel which has been open for over fifty years and is owned by a local family. It is on the shore of the Roviana Lagoon and where you can find Dive Munda for all your dives! We ate at the restaurant on site and enjoyed incredible sunrises and sunsets over the water.

VIDEO: Where to stay in Munda? Agnes Gateway Hotel, Solomon Islands

Where to dive in Munda?

I was able to dive for two days with the team at Dive Munda. During a 71 min dive at Shark Point, we saw a turtle who stayed with us for awhile. There were both black tip and white tip reef sharks as well as all sizes clams, trigger fish guarding their eggs, juvenile spotted drum, three large moray eels, and many types anemone and clown fish!

VIDEOCome underwater with Dive Munda and me

On my second day I went to wrecks and reefs. We saw sharks, an eagle ray, cuttlefish and many schools of fish.  Our wreck dives included the Airacobra Wreck at 90 feet and a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber from World War 2. For our third dive we went to Barry’s Breakfast and saw a school of barracuda!

It was a great day and we had good fresh fish to eat too. During our surface interval we went to Lumbaria island which was a forward base for JFK during World War 2 (see the video below).

VIDEO: Wreck Diving with Dive Munda Solomon Islands

What is there to do around Munda?

VIDEO: Discover Lubaria Island, JFK and World War 2

I went by boat to Lubaria Island where JFK was stationed during World War II.

A new monument was added at Lubaria Island on August 3, 2017

In the photo above taken by Susan K. Bejeckian: “Minister of Culture and Tourism (second from the left) Bartholowmew Parapola and Commander Dan Balsinger United States Senior Defense Official, Defense Attache (right) unveil a monument on Lubaria Island in the Western Province.  Standing at (left) is Western Provincial Deputy Premier Maloney Lopoto.  The unveiling of the monument is part of the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of World War II Battle of the Guadalcanal events held August 3, 2017 in the Solomon Islands.”

VIDEO: Seeing Skull Island and the history of Headhunting in the Solomon Islands

VIDEO: Visit the Peter Joseph WW2 Museum in Munda 

VIDEO: Marvelous Munda Sunset at Agnes Gateway Hotel, Solomon Islands

Useful Phrases:

Thank you: Tanggio

Thank you very much: Tanggio tumas

Good: gud tumas, nambawan

How are you? Yu hao?

I am fine, Thanks: Mi Oraet, tanggio tumas

Thank you to the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau for arranging my trip and helping me learn about the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Want to know more about the Solomon Islands?

Read my articles:

Saturday Evening Post: A World War II Hero Remembers Guadalcanal

Where to Go in Gizo, Solomon Islands?

What Famous History Happened in Honiara, Solomon Islands?

See my segment for The Jet Set TV on the Solomon Islands.

Thank you! Lisa Niver 

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Lisa Niver

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! Find her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.25 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and WWII for Saturday Evening Post and Smithsonian. She is verified on both Twitter and Facebook and is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. Her latest projects are 50 new things before she is 50 and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and this summer is the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans with American Express and Starwood Hotels. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

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