a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
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.
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.
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland".
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.
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'.
It is also a good place to spot the Solomon Islands endemic, the Ducorps or Solomons Cockatoo.