Pristine reefs and wartime relics await in a South Pacific secret

Pristine reefs and untouched beaches, traditional villages, jungles strewn with wartime relics – the Solomon Islands are the South Pacific's best-kept tropical secret. Meet the villagers of Titiru as you join in on a community day, explore a local historian’s ‘museum’ of artefacts dating back to World War II, swim and snorkel off the paradisiacal Hopei and Tetepare islands and learn about the head-hunting history of Skull Island. Spend time relaxing and absorbing the local cultures of the Solomons' island communities as you discover a place that offers so much to the curious traveller.


Start
Munda, Solomon Islands
Finish
Munda, Solomon Islands
Destination
Solomon Islands
Style
Original
Theme
Expedition
Code
TESI
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 4, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Trek through lush jungles and discover the rich underwater ecosystem and pristine reefs of the Solomon Islands with guided visits to Tetepare and Hopei islands.

  • Join locals at a community day, or 'bung'. You’ll attend a church service and sit down for a feast, for firsthand experience of traditional customs and the local way of life in Titiru village.

  • Learn the history of what’s known as Kennedy Island – once a secondary wartime base for US President John F Kennedy and now a far-flung paradise of rainforests and colourful coral.

  • Meet Barnie Paulsen, a local man who has spent years collecting memorabilia in the jungle. Visit Barnie's backyard 'museum' full of wartime relics while he regales you with local stories.

  • Take the rare opportunity to visit the skull trophies at Lola Island, more commonly called Skull Island, and learn the head-hunting histories of the Solomon Island’s tribal culture.

Is this trip right for you?

  • While we’ve put a lot of research and work into creating this trip, it’s a new adventure for Intrepid, and sometimes things don’t go exactly to plan. When we head to new destinations, we usually find there are more pleasant surprises in store than the opposite, but either way, it’s important to be open and flexible. This is expedition travel after all!

  • The joining point for this expedition, Munda, is easily accessed by a flight from the capital, Honiara, on Solomon Airlines (approximately 1 hour). As the Solomon Islands is small, there are limited flights in and out each day and prices can fluctuate quite dramatically, so it is recommended that you book your flights as far in advance as possible to ensure the best connection. Please speak to a booking agent for more information.

Itinerary

Welcome to the Solomon Islands! You will be met at Munda Airport by your group leader and will take a very quick transfer to your lodge for the evening. Relax, or ‘stap isi’ as the locals would say, at your accommodation before an important welcome meeting at 3 pm, when you will meet your fellow travellers. There’s a couple of important things to consider when travelling in the Solomon Islands, and your leader will fill you all in at this time. Afterwards, jump on a boat and get exploring – today you’re off for an afternoon snorkel and swim.
Included Activities
  • Munda - Boat trip & snorkelling
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. At the welcome meeting, you will be required to have all medical insurance details, so please bring a photocopy for our records. Your leader will explain what you need to do with your personal belongings, but please note that you'll need to bring everything with you for the entire trip.

Please note the complimentary transfer can only be used on Day 1 of the tour. Should you wish to book pre-tour accommodation you will need to make your own way to the joining hotel.
Stock up on an early breakfast then get back on the water to travel by boat to your Titiru Village homestay. Be ready to unplug from the world for a few days and take in the untouched wilderness of the Solomon Islands. Take a walk through the local village on arrival, and be welcomed into this community with smiles, local dances and a church service. The Titiru inhabitants, like many Melanesian people, place strong importance on community, and today you will eat with the locals at a large community feast. Called a ‘bung’, this event means coming together once a week to allow time for everyone to catch up, so relax and enjoy the festivities.
Included Activities
  • Titiru - Community feast
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
It is strongly recommended to wear comfortable shoes today that are fine to get wet to provide protection to some of the terrain in and around the village. Titiru village has a lot of coral limestone which can be harmful to your feet, so be careful of your stepping.
This morning, head from Titiru to Tetepare Island – roughly a 1.5-hour boat ride away. Keep in mind that you’ll set off by boat when the seas are at their calmest, so be prepared for an early wake-up call! Tetepare is one of the largest uninhabited tropical islands in the world, and has remained mostly untouched throughout the years, despite decades of logging on other islands here. Today, you’ll have the chance to see this island in all its pristine beauty, keeping your eye out for endangered turtles and dugongs in their natural habitat, and searching for some of the region’s best marine life. For those who want to stretch their legs, why not embark on a rainforest walk with your group leader, discovering some of the island’s primary lowland forest. Settle in for the afternoon and evening at Tetepare Island for a couple of drinks with your group, and enjoy a beach barbecue as the sun sets over the Solomon Sea and another day in the islands.
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tetepare - Beach BBQ
  • Tetepare - Rainforest walk
  • Tetepare - Turtle & dugong spotting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, you will have the chance to explore the island for another day. Take a walk into the jungle in search of some of the local wildlife – you may be lucky enough to spot hornbills, tiny pygmy parrots or the endemic Tetepare White-eye birds. Take another swim in the nearby coral reefs and relax along the beach, then after lunch, head back to your waiting boat where you will transfer to Titiru for the rest of the evening. You’re on island time now, so sit back and relax.
Included Activities
  • Tetepare - Wildlife walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
This morning, enjoy breakfast and get ready for another adventure. Today’s all about chasing waterfalls, so be sure to pack some comfortable trekking sandals that you’re happy to get wet, as this trail can get a bit dicey. Your boat ride from Titiru will take around 35 minutes, then you’ll head into the jungle for a challenging yet rewarding trek to Munda Waterfall. Once you’ve made it, you’ll have some time to relax by the waterfall, perhaps with a swim or just taking in the serene sights. After a light lunch, head back into Munda and after checking back into your accommodation and, jump back on the water and head to picturesque Hopei Island for an afternoon swim. You may even be able to stock up a cooler with some drinks to have on the island! What a way to end off another day in this haven.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Munda - Hopei Island tour
  • Munda - Waterfall trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
This morning, meet Barnie Paulsen, who has been scouting the island of New Georgia for war memorabilia since he was a little boy. In the early days, he spent his time searching for brass and copper to sell to scrap merchants, but he later discovered an American dog tag and that, he says, forms the backbone of his private ‘museum’ of WWII relics. His backyard museum contains ammunition, machine guns, shells, knives and personal artefacts. Barnie will take you trekking through jungle and mountains littered with remnants of the war and, in the name of responsible tourism, please do not take any souvenirs of your own. On the walk you’ll see anti-aircraft gun placements, battle sites, the US aircraft and military dump and more.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Munda - WWII history & relics tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today, you’ll learn of some local history and dramatic community events with a guided visit to Lola Island, or what’s commonly known as Skull Island. In centuries’ past, Solomon Islander tribes would raid nearby villages during times of conflict and the conquering groups would take back the lead warrior or chief’s head as a trophy. You’ll see these skull trophies on display, which, until recently, were strictly forbidden to visit unless you held a high stature in the local village. This is the only skull island in the Solomon Islands that village elders to be visited be outsiders. Your guide will also tell you about the two gods and the legend of Nusunusu – a common sculpture featured around the Islands. Later on, you’ll travel to Kasolo Island, or Kennedy Island – a place where US President John F Kennedy nearly lost his life during WWII after his craft was wrecked by a Japanese destroyer. You’ll learn about the history of this island, as well as have time to snorkel in the nearby reefs and sparkling waters. Travel back to Munda and enjoy another stunning sunset.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Munda - Skull & Kennedy Islands tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
With no activities planned for today, you are free to depart at any time after breakfast, provided you comply with the lodge’s internal check-out procedures. For more information on flight schedules, arranging transfers from Munda to Honiara and onward international connections, please speak to your agent at the time of booking.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Boat

Included activities

  • Munda - Boat trip & snorkelling
  • Titiru - Community feast
  • Tetepare - Beach BBQ
  • Tetepare - Rainforest walk
  • Tetepare - Turtle & dugong spotting
  • Tetepare - Wildlife walk
  • Munda - Hopei Island tour
  • Munda - Waterfall trek
  • Munda - WWII history & relics tour
  • Munda - Skull & Kennedy Islands tour

Dates & availability

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Important notes

1. Please do not book a departure flight before 3 pm on Day 8.
2. As of the 28th of December 2019 it is a requirement upon entering the Solomon Islands to show proof of vaccination against measles. Please ensure you bring your official vaccination record with you.

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