My trip to Samoa   An Island to Oneself   Bougainville Island   Your destination in Australia   My connection with Pigeon Island
  FARAWAY by Lucy Irvine   Postcard from "Riverbend"   Australian Property for sale   Another Pigeon Island tale

Click for Honiara, Solomon Islands Forecast

Do you have a sense of adventure?

Discover the Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands>
Pigeon Island

Stay at Ngarando Faraway Resort, a timeless tropical paradise
on one of the oldest atolls in the world.

Imagine an island only six acres (24,000m²) large, a parkland with a couple of skillfully built lodges supported by ancient crystalline coral, with many little coves and two beaches. To the north, a deep water anchorage. To the south, a long reef separating a shallow lagoon from the cobalt blue of the deep. To the east, other islands much larger and sprinkled with many picturesque villages. To the west, many square miles of pristine reef reaching out to a distant volcano. This is Ngarando - remote and very private. It accommodates only six guests and can not be found on any tourist map. Local people refer to it as "the faraway place", since in the olden days it was where spirit worshiping rituals were held. Due to the age of the Reef Islands our flora is amongst the most varied to be found anywhere in the Pacific. Just let wordly tensions slip away as you enjoy the pleasure of fishing, scuba diving, bird watching, canoeing, shell collecting or exploring the fascinating cultures in the local villages. You can sit under the waving palms reading a book from Ngarando's extensive library; stroll along the fine white sand beaches; or explore the outer reefs or other fascinating islands by motorised canoe.

Click here for a detailed map of Pigeon Island

Meet the charming Solomon Islanders, join them for volleyball or soccer on the beach. Temotu Province is rarely visited by outsiders - discover it for yourself!

Electricity is available from solar panels and a generator which is run in the evenings between 6 and 10, or by arrangement at other times. A cool sea breeze is almost always blowing. We are 300 meters distant from the next populated island so as mosquitoes cannot fly that far, they are kept under control here. In surveys carried out in Reef Islands, no female anopheles mosquito (that carry malaria) has been found. Email via HF radio (provided by SailMail) is available. Kayaks and masks and snorkels are provided. All meals are available "en famile" if desired.

Please look at a map of the Solomon Islands; click on Temotu Province. Pigeon Island is one of the tiny dots surrounding the Reef Islands.

Guest Unit

Two houses are also available for rent from three months to a year. Nanivo Cottage (the school house in "Faraway") which is available for Australian dollars 80 (US$46) a week, or Lucy's house for A$60 (US$35). They might suit writers, artists, ham radio operators, or archaeologists. Or even a family that would like to give their children the island experience.

Nanivo Cottage

Unlike other parts of Solomon Islands, Temotu Province has never been affected by ethnic unrest, and life is as peaceful and beautiful as ever.

Reef Islands Kids Sailfish
Text and photos by the late Diana and her son Ben Hepworth

E-Mail: (Your email will be passed on to Pigeon Island)

If this is too remote for you, try this link.

This link connects you to the entire South Pacific

If you are a serious islomaniac, then Tom Neale's book "An Island To Oneself" is for you.


Email this page to a friend
My Poll
Did you enjoy this webpage?