When you land in Munda, you only have a short three-minute walk to Agnes Gateway Lodge. The property is situated right on the waterfront with stunning views out over Roviana Lagoon.
The original Lodge was started by Agnes Kera who, for nearly 30 years, had been the cook and custodian of the original British Solomons Government Resthouse, the building which is now known as the Orchid Wing. Following Agnes’ retirement, her family continued the Anglo-Solomon hospitality traditions. Agnes Lodge is still a 100% Solomon Islands owned lodging and is now a hotel with 38 rooms, located in several wings and catering for a range of budgets.
Not only is the Lodge local in most of its ways, you will be staying very close to adjacent local villages where you can observe traditional Solomon Islands life and become involved in the local culture.
Daily flights from Honiara to Munda take approximately one hour and from Gizo only 15 minutes. FromMunda Airport, it is just a short three minute stroll to Agnes Gateway Lodge.
A traditional leaf thatched building on the water's edge, accommodates the lounge bar and an adjoining fully licensed restaurant specialising in local seafood.
The Roviana Restaurant is open from early morning until late, serving a range of local dishes and English cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Munda Bar is a wonderful place to meet other travellers and is open from early morning to late in the evenings. Sit in the Vetu Valusa leaf house out over the lagoon watching the day unfold with an early morning “cuppa” or enjoy a sundowner drink whilst viewing the spectacular sunsets.
Other on-site services include Dive Munda with its qualified staff of instructors and dive masters, and Go West Tours with its fleet of boats and canoes to take you anywhere throughout the New Georgia group of islands. Regular scheduled services are offered to the nearby towns of Noro, Ringi Cove and Gizo.
Agnes Lodge offers a range of accommodation from suites and stand-alone cottages to budget rooms and backpackers dormitories.
Two Lower Floor Backpacker Rooms have two single bunk beds in one room (i.e. quad share) and one Backpacker Room has a king single bed with shared unisex bathroom; self-catering kitchenette with sink, cook-top and refrigerator; communal lounge / dining area.
Upper Floor Rooms are air-conditioned garden view rooms with ensuite. Three rooms have queen beds and one room has a queen bed and two single beds. The rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, writing desk, balcony.
Four Lower Floor Budget Rooms are fan cooled with twin beds and shared facilities.
Four Upper Floor Budget Rooms are fan cooled with twin or triple beds and shared facilities, tea/coffee making facilities, writing desk, balcony.
Four Standard Rooms with twin beds and ensuite; lagoon views, ceiling fan, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator.
Six Ibibu Wing Rooms with a double bed, ensuite and air conditioning.
Eight Ibibu Cottages – 4 double rooms with queen bed and 4 twin bedded rooms; air conditioned studios with ensuite, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, writing desk, balcony. Child’s bed available on request.
The Orchid Seafront Suite is the original (refurbished) rest house located on the lagoon shore. There is easy ramp access to the Suite. The Suite has two bedrooms separated by a lounge area. One bedroom has a queen bed and single bed settee and the other has two single beds. The Suite has ceiling fans and is air conditioned with tea/coffee making facilities, living room/sitting area, refrigerator.
All rooms are mosquito netted and serviced daily.
Activities available to complement the diving and snorkelling are canoe trips, fishing, bushwalks, island picnics, cycling and visits to WW2 sites. Agnes Lodge can also organise a number of tours which include half day trips to tropical rainforests, tours to World War II sites and wrecks, and snorkeling and picnic tours to nearby islands.
Dive Munda is an intimate and friendly operation with a customised approach to providing your diving needs. Led by an experienced Instructor Trainer, and with great local staff on board, Dive Munda offers incredible diving paired with personalised service catering to first timers and novice divers all the way up to experienced dive professionals. The dive centre stocks a range of well-maintained rental sport-diving equipment, including Nitrox (subject to availability) and their boats are equipped with oxygen and other first aid necessities.
Munda’s reefs are in pristine condition, with lush hard and soft corals and gigantic sea fans. Intact coral gardens thrive in the shallows. Spectacular walls drop off to over 600 metres. Grey, Blacktip and Whitetip Reef sharks routinely patrol, as do Hammerheads. Eagle rays, Dogtooth Tuna, Barracuda and other pelagics are also common.In addition to the reefs and abundant marine life, Munda’s seabed is littered with wrecks from WWII, with fighter planes, bombers, a Japanese freighter and a recently discovered dump site with tanks. Visibility varies from 15 to 40+ metres.
Dive Munda offers in excess of 30 dive sites in and around Munda and the surrounding reefs, regularly exploring and locating new and exciting sites.