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History buffs should consider the two small private ‘museums’ of WWII relics...
A perfect cone-shaped volcano that rises to 1770m, Kolombangara looms majestically on the horizon, due east of Ghizo island. It's a two-day hike to the top and back...
On Nusatupe island (Gizo’s airstrip), this clam farm and research centre is a good spot if you want to snorkel over giant clams of up to 1m long in the lagoon (bring your own gear)...
Villagers from neighbouring islands (and even from the Shortland Islands) arrive each morning by boat to occupy their little stands under the shade of tall trees. It’s at its liveliest Monday and Friday mornings.
Unfortunately the reefs off Ranongga, which were once ranked among the most spectacular in Western Province, were uplifted during the tsunami in 2007 and lost much of their appeal.
Definitely worth a visit is Simbo island for its megapode hatcheries and its volcano that can easily be climbed. There's also a sulphur-covered crater lake.
WWII Japanese relics are scattered around the island. Vila Point was an important WWII Japanese base and you can still see guns in the bush.
Mountainous Vella Lavella is dominated by the dormant volcano Mt Tambisala and it is noted for its birdlife.
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