Waterfall sights in Solomon Islands
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If you need to refresh yourself, nothing can beat Kwaibala Waterfall, about 3km from the centre. Take a taxi to the Kwaibala River; from there, a 25 minutes' walk will bring you to the falls. Niagara-like thundering falls they ain't; expect modest cascades with a few pools where you can take a bracing dip.
You'll need a guide to visit Kwaibala Waterfall, which is on private land and difficult to find. Contact Silas Diutee Malai (tel: 40389), a freelance guide. Make sure that kastom fees are included in the prices he quotes. He can also arrange cross-island treks and 'river drifting' on a tyre down the Fiu River.
The spectacular double-sided Mataniko Falls thunder into a cave full of stalagmites, swooping swallows and bats. During WWII, the cave was a hide-out for Japanese soldiers trying to avoid capture by the Americans. The trail on the way is often steep, and you might do better with a guide after Tuvaruhu (ask at the visitor information centre in Honiara).