Coast-to-coast trek over Guadalcanal Island, Solomons

Dawn's golden rays light up Chimiulava

A coast-to-coast trek from the Kuma to Gold Ridge takes Keri over the mountain chain that divides Guadalcanal Island in more ways than one.   I’m freezing, in a country where I never thought I could be this cold. Yet here I am puffing out steam, soaked to the skin and shivering. This is not [...]

Surfing the Sollies

Beautiful Lolita at Vavaghio. Credit: Ben King

A summary of surf in Solomon Islands: (This was first published in Pacific Island Living Magazine, issue 8.) On the western edge of the Pacific lie scattered 992 islands, wonderfully remote, fringed by reefs, and exposed to ocean swells year round. For the adventurous surfer, Solomon Islands is matchless in the South Pacific. Tourism is [...]

Finding fortune in the Solomon Islands

Out the front of Vavaghio. Credit: Ben King

There’s gold in them thar hills… Empty barrels! They’re about a kilometre offshore from a new village that has been recently settled by Gary and his wife Lydia. Vavaghio is home to their typically extensive island family and it features two guest houses for the intrepid surf traveller. Located on a freckle of land on [...]

The unmissable Kagata surf retreat of the Solomon Islands

We didn't get too many good surf shots, but unlike other surf trips, the surf ended up peripheral

Thanks to our avid aid worker, surfer, traveller and friend, Eddie Burton, for providing this insightful and inspiring feature on the Solomon Islands. Towards the end of Eddie’s tale are his reflections, which will pull at the chords of every seasoned Island traveller. As I sat out the back alone, the last person in the [...]

Cut it out! Logging in the Pacific

Standing strong; but for how much longer?

One of my favourite things about sailing is the people you meet along the way. Whether it be gentle islanders in remote locations, expats in established ports, down and out rascals on the side of the road, or fellow sea-worn yachties, I get a real buzz by chatting to them all and listening to their [...]

The Smile File

All it takes is a smile

Here’s a little something to turn your frown upside down, to LOL and ROTFL. Share with your friends to spread a little joy. Too easy to get wrapped up in the downward spiral of daily toil and trouble… lighten up and smile with us at unstuck travel. When you no smile, belly full of bile. [...]

Shark Fin Scoop Part II

Staring down into the clear waters of the Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

The lucrative shark fin industry enables Andy and his family and cousins’ family to support themselves for over three months following each one of these five day fishing expeditions. With little financial support from the PNG government they need all the cash they can get to keep up with school fees, doctors bills and – [...]

The time it takes to crack a nutcase

Time out

At some point along the road less travelled you will find yourself unstuck from the world wide web. What do you do when you are disconnected from the modern world? No mobile phone, no Twitter, Facebook, emails, shops, TV, radio, nothing. Only you, maybe a book, maybe a beach. What do you do? You start [...]

FindaCrew.net comes through

Sun, check. Boat, check. Rum, check.

A glutton for punishment, I reactivate my account on findacrew.net that I had suspended while I was travelling through South East Asia with DD. Driven and rather stubborn, I am still intent on sailing before the year is out. I am stoked to see that within a couple of days I get another ‘wave’ of [...]

Video: Arnavon Islands marine conservation project, Solomon Islands

What do baby turtles, village women, two Kiwis and an United States NGO have in common? Follow the journey of 24 women from the village of Kia as they discover the Arnavon Islands and what marine conservation means for their present as well as their future. An in-depth perspective of the women’s visit can be [...]

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