Marovo Lagoon
Solomon Islands

personal experience

I have visited this area various times on 4 different expedition ships, Oceanic Discoverer (with Coral Princess Cruises), Orion and Caledonia Sky (with Noble Caledonia). During these short one day visits, I have snorkelled at several different sites and visited several different local villages, a plane wreck in the jungle, and the Uepi Dive Resort.

access and accommodation

Location and access Marovo Lagoon is an area of coral reefs in the nation of Solomon Islands. Within this country, it is found in a group of islands known as the New Georgia Islands (which also include Gizo/Ghizo). The main place to stay here for visitors is Uepi Resort. expedition ships occasionally stop here.

underwater

The snorkelling is fantastic here. Marovo Lagoon is a very large system with many choices to those with their own boat. It is often reported to be the largest marine lagoon in the world. The water is usually very clear, and there are many deep water drop-offs.

Whenever I see a Lionfish, I think of the quote: "wherever there is an ocean, a marine biologist is never on holiday"

wildlife above the water

Wherever there is rainforest in the Solomon Islands, there are some good birds to be seen. Marovo lagoon, even right at the villages if the Baringtonia edulis is flowering, is a good place to see the stunning red wine coloured 'Cardinal Lorikeet'.

Cardinal Lorikeet, Solomon Islands, image by Damon Ramsey.

It is also a good place to spot the Solomon Islands endemic, the Ducorps or Solomons Cockatoo.  

And there are other animals to be seen, including monitors.