Regularly draped in cloud cover, Kolombangara Island is an extinct cone shaped volcano towering up to 1770m high, 30km across, and visible from most parts of Western Province. The name is from a local language, with a rough translation meaning "Water Lord", with approximately 80 rivers and streams running down its flanks. It has very high biodiversity with at least six species of birds found nowhere else in the world and recent research discovering 13 different frogs that were new to science.

Kolombangara people, the Dughore, believe that their ancestors came from the original couple that lived inside the Kolombangara Crater, Kongu Rano, at the centre of the island.
Over time, the people moved out of the crater to live in villages further down the slope around the coast, leaving behind old village sites, burial sites and other tambu sites in the mountains and the crater. The two main villages now are at Ringgi and Mongga.
Getting There
Access to Kolombangara is only by boat, taking just under an hour from either Munda or Gizo. Once on the island, there is an all-weather gravel Ring Road starting near Ringgi Cove and covering about three-quarters of the island.

Over the last one hundred years, since British colonization, the forests have been targeted for its timber. In late 2008, landholders agreed to form Kolombangara Island Biodiversity Conservation Association (KIBCA), to represent landholder interests in biodiversity conservation particularly above 400m altitude
Adventure Walks
Now available are a great selection of guided walks all starting from Imbu Rano Lodge on cleared maintained tracks. Various short walks are available leading along the main summit ridge to visit tambu sites, the Kolombangara Stone, lookouts and creeks. Alternatively, visit the crater fed Vila River via a steep ridge to swim in the gentle rapids, walk along the river banks to see ancient village sites, take a waterfall side trip or visit Rokhana Hut.

For the more adventurous, two to four day walks to the crater rim at Mt Tepalamenggutu (1,708m) and another half day to reach the highest peak of Mt Veve (1,779m) are available through the summit cloud forests. There is a hut and two basic camps established along the way, each with water available, allowing several overnight options.
Kolombangara Stone
Discovered only in recent years, the stone is an ancient carved formation depicting the same shape of Kolombangara as seen from Gizo. Local custom stories vary to how it came to be in its current location with many believing that spirits or angels brought it up from the river below. Once news of this recent discovery was known, many local villagers have made the walk to see this stone that they had heard of through custom stories for generations.