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Munda, a 1-hour flight from Honiara, is situated on the southwest corner of the main island of New Georgia. Munda is ideally located for those travellers who want to get off the beaten track in search of adventure, whilst enjoying good food and pleasant surroundings.
Munda is the ideal place for any traveller and diver to experience the culture, diversity, geography and relaxation of a typical south sea paradise.
Munda and surrounding areas, has also become known for having some of the finest diving in the world today, with several renowned war wrecks and spectacular wall diving.
Lola Island is situated in Vona Vona Lagoon, a 20-30 minute boat ride from Munda. Lola Island is a lost paradise hideaway surrounded by a stunning blue lagoon and white sandy beaches with swaying palm trees. Covered with lush vegetation the island is for the traveller or fisherman who likes to experience a “Robinson Crusoe” adventure getaway. The surrounding region offers an array of full or half day adventures to local villages and uninhabited islands.
Munda is situated close to the convergence of the Roviana and Vona Vona Lagoons. The lagoons are dotted with small islands complete with secluded, white sand beaches and swaying palm trees - a truly idyllic, tropical paradise.
Munda is the largest settlement on New Georgia island and is made up of a number of villages, the largest being Lambete which has a few shops, a bakery, a post office, bank, Telekom centre, small hospital, one hotel, small port and an airstrip. Whilst the area is extremely remote, a visit to Munda will prove to be extremely rewarding.
Munda can also be reached by boat transfer from Gizo in 1 - 2 hours.
Snorkelling: Clear water and a variety of marine life to explore.
Diving: The diving is still largely unexplored with new sites being discovered daily. Virgin reefs and wall dives are specialties.
Fishing: (Lola Island) The resort offers a unique diversity of fishing from salt-water fly, to deep sea.
Surfing: (Lola Island) There are 3 surf breaks 5-20 minutes from Lola Island. The best season is November to April.
World War II: During WWII Munda was an important military airfield base and relics are scattered throughout the region.
Skull Island Tour: Skull Island is one of the most sacred places in the region. There are many shrines displaying human skulls, from the days when headhunting was considered part of the custom.
Munda was an important military airfield during WW2 and there are war relics everywhere: In the bushes, on the beaches and in the water. Great wreck diving is available. In the lagoon at Munda, Roviana Island has a colourful history of headhunting, animist religion and tribal wars. On the hill behind the village lie the ruins of an ancient coral fortress protecting the stone dog-idol previously worshipped by the tribe.
From Roviana Island a variety of excursions by motor canoe can be undertaken into the Roviana and Vona Vona Lagoons for snorkelling, fishing and sightseeing: war relics, waterfalls, bat caves, and cultural sites such as the skull islands where the 'trophies' of yesterday's head hunters were stored.
Tropical average daytime temperatures between 25°C – 30°C. and evenings 19°C. Seasons are not clearly defined however November to April are the wetter months.
|Wifi: for in house guests
Onsite Shop: Yes
Onsite Dive Centre: Yes
|Zipolo Habu Resort
20 - 25 minute boat ride from Munda
Onsite Shop: No
Onsite Dive Centre: No
The diving in Munda is phenomenal. There are spectacular walls, dropping off to over 600 metres, teeming with real big fish action.
Grey Reef, Black tip, White tip sharks routinely patrol the reefs. Eagle rays, shoaling barracudas and other pelagic are also commonplace. Occasional encounters with Silkys, Oceanic White Tips, Silvertips and Hammerheads add to the excitement.
One of the most amazing things about diving from Munda is the diversity of dives, along with scenic beauty as the dive boat travels past fishing villages, bush clad waterways and picturesque islands on its way to dive sites.
About 20 minutes boat ride from Agnes Lodge. A spectacular wall dive, plunging down to 70 meters. There is a good chance to spot hammerhead sharks, silver tip sharks, and the occasional oceanic white tip. Along the wall there are huge gorgonian sea fans and lush soft corals and thick whip corals. This makes an amazing early-morning dive as visibility can exceed 40 meters and the chance to see those BIG FISH increases greatly. Although typically this is a deep dive to see the larger species of shark, the novice diver can enjoy this site as well at a shallower depth.
One of the farther dive sites located on the north side of New Georgia, about 35 minutes away. When driving into the bay you immediately see the masts, emerging from the surface. The Kasi Maru, a Japanese freighter, was bombed while anchored and is only twenty meters from the shore. The ship lies in an upright position with a slight list to the port. The bottom of the hull lies in 15 meters, which makes it a good site for snorkelers and novice divers alike. The more experienced divers, WWII buffs and photographers will have much to discover as well.
Located off the island of Rendova, about 30 minutes drive. The Dauntless was shot down on the 21st of June, 1943. The pilot, Jim Dougherty, was shot down near Kindu point. He then attempted to fly back to Yandina in the Russell Islands. Unfortunately, the aircraft could not reach the Russells, and Jim Dougherty made a crash landing in the waters just off Rendova. Miraculously, he survived the crash, and managed to swim to a nearby American hospital; all this on his 21st birthday. In 1995, Jim returned to Munda to visit and dive his old plane on the anniversary of the day he was shot down.
Near the Kasi Maru lies another airplane that has seen very few divers. It is an American "Wildcat" fighter plane. The Wildcat (F4F) is completely intact and lies upside-down in 15 meters.
In the Munda Bay there are two Japanese bombers; they were called by the US troops Nell or Nelly (G3M) and a Betty (G4M). The Nell is closer to the dive shop in about 4 meters, while the Betty is further west and marginally deeper at 6 meters. The Nell was replaced in service with the Japanese Navy by the Betty. Both are twin engine bombers. Visibility suffers later in the day so these planes are best dives early morning.
Also in the Munda Bay are two American dump sites; one in 7 meters, the other in 16 to 20 meters. There lie several trucks and the wings to another Fighter. Again, visibility is best early morning.
15 minutes past Mushroom Island on NdokeNdoke Island; an hours drive from Agnes Lodge. The story behind the cave is a part of local folklore and is intertwined with turtle hunting, shark life in the area, and the mysterious cave
To reach The Cave of the Custom Shark divers walk with full gear onto the island and through the mangroves. The cave entrance is a pool of fresh water about 2 meters wide. Stepping into the water, divers notice that this fresh water is much cooler then the sea. The top layer of fresh water is somewhat murky and about 3 meters deep. As you descend through the top layer and reach the sea water; it warms up considerably. The cave is large enough to be comfortable and there is a guide line through the cave for easier navigation. After penetrating the cave for about 12 minutes and reaching a maximum depth of 35 meters, you reach the outer wall of the island. At 22 meters you carry on the dive, enjoying the wall adorned with soft corals and many different fishes.