Mavo Lodge, Ramata Island is on the western end of beautiful Marovo Lagoon, the World's longest island fringed lagoon. Mavo is ideal for fishing groups of up to 12 people, families, couples and eco adventure travellers; run by Solomon Islanders you’re sure to get a great interaction with the local villages. The delights of this country is that it is "Adrift in Time"... there is no need for a watch or a timetable; we simply ask that you enjoy it their way.
Their mission is for Mavo Eco Lodge to be the vehicle that provides the Solomon Islanders in that area with the means to improve their living standards. Positive contributions are made and must continue to be made by Mavo Lodge to the area such as providing textbooks and other educational materials for the schools. Numerous villages that have not yet been impacted by modern influences surround Mavo, they intend to show by example that a small tourism project, that is well managed with sensitivity towards the environment, its neighbours and their culture, can make a positive contribution to the society without necessarily destroying its culture. Mavo Lodge always take great care to consult with the people of the area to make sure that whatever they do will not offend them or their beliefs in any way.
Mavo Lodge is a traditionally constructed lodge that features four basic but comfortable twin bedrooms in the main lodge, these rooms are powered by generator (240V) and have Australian power plugs for charging cameras and other appliances. Mavo also has two Beach Bungalow within 50 metres of the main house. The lodge has one cold water shower and toilet, while the Beach Bungalows have their own. Mosquito nets, bed sheets and bath towels are supplied, and your laundry can be hand washed daily - this service is complimentary.
The main lodge is where you'll find the kitchen and bar that serves cold beer and soft drinks, you are welcome to bring your own duty free wine or spirits. Right next to the bar is the dining room that features a large deck area overlooking the New Georgia Sound, or as it is affectionately known "The Slot" which is where the Japanese sailed their warships through during WWII. Here is where Mavo’s local team of smiling, happy staff will tell you tales of bygone days of head hunters, cultures and histories thousands of years old as they serve delicious fresh seafood dinners with locally grown vegetables and fruits.
The waters of the Solomon Islands are renowned for big game, reef, wreck, river, beach and estuary fishing. The action is unparalleled and the waters are virtually unspoiled by commercial fishing. Mavo Lodge is quicker to get to than the Swains Reef off Queensland's Coast; the Solomon Islands are only 3 hours from Brisbane and can offer a total cultural experience on this Island Paradise.
You can troll along the sheer drop-offs for Spanish Mackerel, Wahoo and Dog-tooth Tuna or cast or fly fish for giant Trevally, Red Bass and Coral Trout. The serious game fishermen can pursue Pacific Sailfish, Blue, Black and Striped Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna and in the quiet jungle rivers you can catch Mangrove Jack, Estuary Cods, Brassy Trevally and even Spot Tail Bass.
Try your luck with a line, spear, net or even other fishing methods... with 992 islands surrounded by 1.35 million sq km of sea you're bound to catch something. The coral reefs are at your door step and the sea is always calm, you can fish with Mavo’s selection of gear or bring your own.
The staff at Mavo Lodge can also clean the fish, fillet them, freeze them, pack them and give you a Solomon's Government permit to bring them home as part of your luggage. We recommend you bring a 20 liter esky so you don't go home empty handed. To keep this area sustainable there's a max of 10kg of fish fillets/lobster tails and 8kg of crab meat; mud crabs and lobster are in abundance and can be arranged by the lodge staff.
Activities for those not fishing are many; there is always something to do. The friendly staff at Mavo can take you sightseeing, snorkelling, organise a picnic on an uninhabited island or take you on a village tour.
Snorkel the beautiful Marovo Lagoon that stretches for miles; it’s the longest saltwater lagoon in the world. Take a trip to the local village and buy gorgeous hand made carvings/bowls made by the locals or visit the village children and their schools, churches and Tambo sites.
There are loads of rivers, waterfalls, caves and reefs waiting to be explored.
The Western Province was an area feared for head hunting in the 19th Century. The use of human heads or skulls was central in the burial customs and death beliefs of many of the Marovo Lagoon islands' people. Frequent raiding took place between islands in search of heads that were used in many rituals including burials and the launching of new Tomoko (war canoes).
Raids extended not only within Marovo Lagoon, but also as far as Guadalcanal and Isabel. Prior to about 1850 the situation had calmed down for a long time during the so-called "Great Peace"; however, the arrival of Europeans with iron axes to trade quickly destabilized the region leading to renewed raiding.