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Certainly somewhere I'd to sail. Spent a bit of time on Guadalcanal in the late 70s early 80s. Friends of mine were involved in a resort outside of Honiara, near Tambea and later on went to Tivanipupu Island. I would dearly love to anchor in the lagoon off Tivanipupu.

In reading through the thread I notice Chall mentions spending cyclone season in the Solomons. Yes its true that they are outside the belt but its also true that during the season it is very hot, very humid and there is bugger all breeze to cool you off.

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Hey Ozi! Good to see back round!

Glad to hear you made it over to Savo. It is quite a place.
Hi ya Smack,

Thanks. Savo was indeed a beautiful place. It was pretty much a time out for me away from the hussle and bussle of Honiara. I spent most of my time lazing in the hammocks, swimming and going for a few walks. I will be making sure I get to spend longer there next time when time is of really no importance.

Towards the end of next year I will be moving to Cairns and its not a very big jump from there to the Sollies

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Hi ya Smack,

Thanks. Savo was indeed a beautiful place. It was pretty much a time out for me away from the hussle and bussle of Honiara. I spent most of my time lazing in the hammocks, swimming and going for a few walks. I will be making sure I get to spend longer there next time when time is of really no importance.

Towards the end of next year I will be moving to Cairns and its not a very big jump from there to the Sollies

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If you get back to Savo. Hire a guide to take you up to the dome of the volcano. One of the spookiest things I've ever experienced happened up there. We were standing on the lava dome - if you stamp your foot you can feel the hollow vibration like a drum. That was spooky, but not nearly as spooky as the "breath".

Our guide lit some palm fronds on fire and set them by a steam vent. After about 10 seconds, smoke started pouring from the vent. The guide said the volcano could "sense the flame" and would "breathe" with it. When the fire went out, the smoke stopped.

Lots of strange things in the Solis.


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If you get back to Savo. Hire a guide to take you up to the dome of the volcano. One of the spookiest things I've ever experienced happened up there. We were standing on the lava dome - if you stamp your foot you can feel the hollow vibration like a drum. That was spooky, but not nearly as spooky as the "breath".

Our guide lit some palm fronds on fire and set them by a steam vent. After about 10 seconds, smoke started pouring from the vent. The guide said the volcano could "sense the flame" and would "breathe" with it. When the fire went out, the smoke stopped.

Lots of strange things in the Solis.
That sounds great. It will be a definite must do when I'm there. There are indeed a lot of strange things in the Sollies. The amount of UFO sitings and tales of the 7' Giants living in the jungle. The list goes on...a truly amazing place. No wonder it calls me back there

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That sounds great. It will be a definite must do when I'm there. There are indeed a lot of strange things in the Sollies. The amount of UFO sitings and tales of the 7' Giants living in the jungle. The list goes on...a truly amazing place. No wonder it calls me back there
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And some people claim that some of the UFO's are pteradactyls. . . .
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In reading through the thread I notice Chall mentions spending cyclone season in the Solomons. Yes its true that they are outside the belt but its also true that during the season it is very hot, very humid and there is bugger all breeze to cool you off.
That was 4 years ago Andrew, I was young, silly and impressionable back then

Sitting in the Marina at Port Bundaberg in November was bad enough. In the Solomons at that time of year I would now want to be on a 50ft Hunter with aircon and icemaker.

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That was 4 years ago Andrew, I was young, silly and impressionable back then

Sitting in the Marina at Port Bundaberg in November was bad enough. In the Solomons at that time of year I would now want to be on a 50ft Hunter with aircon and icemaker.
Yea verily brother ! One of my favourite cruising books is Hal Roth's "Two on a Big Ocean", which tells of the Roths's circling of the Pacific. Me I'd love to do a cruise up to Japan from Oz, something of the road less travelled in that idea but sitting it out below 10 degrees during the cyclone/typhoon season(s) is not something I'd look forward to.

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My yearly check in No longer having the opportunity to travel back over to the Sollies for work, my retirement at the end of the year will set me free. This time next year I hope to be living aboard and commencing preparations to sail back over. My time in the Solomons is still fresh in my mind. It has left ever lasting foot prints. I hope you have all been well. To those of you that were heading to the Solomons I hope you have finally made it
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Hey O'Dude! Hao nao?

Good to see you back around. Keep us up-to-date as your sailing adventure starts. Love to see some pics!


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