Location: Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands
8 deg 26.3'S, 157 deg 56.9'E
Vessel: True North, 50m, 36 pax
|True North viewed from their onboard helicopter|
|Warriors on Tetepare Island|
make a traditional greeting
This perfect vista is a world away from the hectic scenes of 1942 and '43 when Japanese destroyers ran nightly fast convoys from Rabaul to Guadalcanal in a desperate attempt to resupply their struggling campaign against the entrenched US Marines. One of these destroyers collided with the future US President, John F Kennedy, aboard the famous PT-109 in the straits just to the north. Many of these islands bore witness to some of the bloodiest fighting in the Pacific theatre of WWII and the waters around the islands are littered with the wrecks of both Japanese and US warships and aircraft.
|Passengers disembark True North|
by tender for day excursion
For now at least, exclusive, well-managed adventure cruise itineraries like that offered by North Star Cruises can cover a dozen or more locations throughout the archipelago in a self-contained, low impact style that perfectly suits this delicate cultural and ecological environment.
At time of writing, a repeat of the 7-night Solomons Sojourn for 2011 is unconfirmed, but stay tuned to www.northstarcruises.com.au for updates.
|For further information on travel to the Solomon Islands, see www.visitsolomons.com.sb|
|For flight information, see Solomon Airlines|