The spectacular Marovo Lagoon is a sight to behold. Your first glimpse of the lagoon through the small window of your plane will leave you awestruck by the unquestionable beauty of this little-known paradise. Hundreds of small, green, coral encrusted islands pop out of the deep, blue sea gleaming like emeralds floating on a sapphire blue blanket.
Marovo Lagoon is the world’s finest double barrier reef enclosed lagoon. Located on New Georgia’s eastern side, the lagoon is over 100 kilometres long. A chain of coral reefs and islands encircle the big island of Vangunu which is also known as the ‘mainland’ to the local population of 12,000 spread amongst some 70 villages around the lagoon, whilst the islands bordering the outer, deeper sea are known as the ‘barrier islands’.
Described as the eighth wonder of the world by James A. Michener in his Pullitzer Prize winning book Tales from the South Pacific, Marovo Lagoon was once proposed as a World Heritage listing for its complex, diverse and rich habitats both above and below the water. It is the scuba diving and snorkelling hot spot of the Solomons where interactions with turtles, manta rays, friendly sharks, and a wide variety of reef fish and coral gardens are common. Alternatively, embark on a kayaking expedition and/or observe the laid-back village life of the Solomon Islands.