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Scene: Langa Langa Lagoon at dusk...
One of Malaita's features is the large number of artificial islands, particularly in Langa Langa and Lau Lagoons. Some of these islands date from the 1550s and new ones are built each year...
Curled around a wonderfully shaped bay and surrounded by jungle-clad hills, laid-back Auki is a delight to approach by sea...
The 'north road' leaves Auki and follows the coast from Sisifiu to Sisolo, providing lovely sea views. Long stretches of white-sand beach line the shore...
With its traditional-style houses raised on stilts over the shore, the friendly fishing village of Lilisiana, about 1.5km from Auki, is photogenic to boot...
Beside Lilisiana beach is Osi Lake. With its murky water, it's not really a place to don your swimming kit and get wet, but it's a nature-lovers' paradise, home to colonies of seabirds...
Lilisiana's peaceful beach is a narrow, long, golden sand spit beside coral shallows. It's immediately to the north of the village and is the closest one to Auki.
This 35km-long lagoon contains more than 60 artificial islands. There's no formal accommodation, but you can arrange your stay in a village; ask the chief.
If you need to refresh yourself, head to Kwaibala Waterfall, about 3km from Auki. Expect modest cascades with a few pools where you can take a bracing dip.
An hour’s walk east of Auki is Riba Cave, with stalagmites, several large subterranean chambers and an underground river.
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