Maravargi Resort is situated in a quiet bay as part of the Nggela group of islands in Central Province and is far enough away to feel like you are in the wilderness miles from civilisation. It takes close to 90 minutes from Honiara in the resort’s motorised canoe, which is a basic fibreglass vessel with half a dozen plastic bucket seats. Keep a look out for dolphins or winged flying fish skirting above the surface of the water beside the canoe.

It's a great spot, ideal for families and groups, but also perfectly suited for travellers in search of a few languid days on a quiet secluded beach under the palms. After a couple of days here you'll find yourself falling in step with the dreamy island pace of this part of the world with classic pacific island charm.

Cabins are primitive beach shacks spectacularly positioned on the waterfront and sitting neatly above the water during high tides. They are serviced daily with linen provided and each bed includes a mosquito net. The bathroom has a shower, basin and flushing toilet. Each cabin has an open-air veranda complete with table and chairs. The cabins have wooden shelters nearby which are an ideal spot for pre-dinner drinks. There is a large dining hall overlooking the inlet that offers a tourist friendly menu with generous portions.

The beaches are pristine and idyllic. Tall coconut palms arch over the water where you can swim, snorkel or scuba dive. Inflatable kayaks are available for hire and the resort also offers fishing and surf tours, but you will need all your own gear.

Getting there: Canoe transfers operate from Honiara. (Around 1.5 Hours)
Things to do: Tours operate fdaily and include surfing, fishing, cultural village tours, nature walks and scuba diving.
Cost: Around AUD$60/day plus meals.
Enquiries: Book at the SI Visitors Bureau.