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Introducing Islands Around Ghizo

A perfect cone-shaped volcano that rises to 1770m, Kolombangara looms majestically on the horizon, northeast of Ghizo Island. It’s a scenic two-day hike to the top and back if you are fit and have the energy. It rises from a 1km-wide coastal plain through flat-topped ridges and increasingly steep escarpments to the rugged crater rim of Mt Veve. For history buffs, there are WWII Japanese relics scattered around the island. Vila Point was an important WWII Japanese base and you can still see guns in the bush.

Definitely worth a visit is Simbo Island for its megapode hatcheries and its easily climbable volcano. There’s also a sulphur-covered crater lake.

Both Kolombangara and Simbo offer accommodation in the form of village stays.