This was our first stop in the Solomon Islands, and it was beautiful!
We anchored in Haununu bay, and it was perfectly still and quiet. Very
pleasant to stop here after 6 days at sea.
Upon anchoring we are visited by a few of the local fisherman paddling
their outrigger canoes. They are some of the most calm and peaceful
people I've ever met. Some parts of the Solomon Islands have a very
bad reputation for things being stolen off your boat, so at first as we
watched these fishermen checking out this strange ship before them,
saying not a word, we thought they were looking for items to steal. We
soon realized, though, that they don't see boats like this very often.
They were quietly taking it all in. I sit in the cockpit, as the
fishermen sit in their canoes, holding onto the rail of the sailboat. I
am also silent, as i absorb the awesomeness of their canoe craft. I
watch them whisper the name of our boat. One says he really likes the
color. Another asks if it goes fast. I respond, “no.” They leave
after first making sure we know that all is free here, and we are
We asked about malaria. They said, “yes, this is the Solomons. There is malaria.”
also asked about crocodiles. They said that there used to be an old
croc that lived here, but it died last year, so there are no more crocs.
I thought it interesting that there would be just one old croc living
here. A zen croc just living out his days in this peaceful bay. I
imagined him reflecting on his youth. Maybe he grew up somewhere else
down the coast, helped bring in the next generation, then retired to
Our overland adventures we're assisted by these awesome foot paths
through the jungle. rarely did we even see another person, who was just
as surprised to see us as we were to see them. We would walk for
hours, choosing left or right as we came to a fork, hopefully
remembering our way back.
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