Oravae CottageAddress: Oravae Island, West Ghizo view map
Here we have a quaint pair of cottages offering a private setting located on a tiny coral island. Fantastic sunrises, sparkling blue water and reef, coupled with great marine and bird life make this an obvious choice for a perfect get away. Oravae Cottage is located in the Gizo lagoon, just 12- 15 minutes by motorized canoe from the airstrip at Nusa Tupe. Built from local materials and a great use of drift wood, the Oravae Cottages nestle amongst coastal trees and coconut palms with verandahs perched over the tranquil lagoon. A perfect escape, to get away from it all and be at one with nature.
Your hosts are Naomi and Patson Baea. Naomi's family migrated to the Solomon Islands from Australia in 1970 following work opportunities originally in Guadalcanal, and moved to the Western Province in 1981. Patsons family are from Malaita and Simbo islands, and his Father is remembered as one of the brave Coastwatch Scouts in WW11. After marrying in 1988, they settled on nearby Sepo Island. Their original guests came as visitors looking for a get away, and from there developed a small business frequented by Medical Students and Doctors working in the area as well as Expats living around the Solomons.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
Environmental and social
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
The Oravae Cottage has assisted WorldFish in decentralising the aquaculture product export depot. A decentralised depot means easier access for local villagers, and reliable income streams.
Local villagers are given the task of 'growing out' juvenile clams and corals, bred by the aquaculture centre, WorldFish, to a marketable size. The aquaculture products reach marketable size after about one year and can then be sold on the international marine aquaria market, meaning sustainable incomes for locals.
At this stage in the process, the clams are exported through Honiara to overseas markets. However, between the local growers and Honiara a depot is required to house the clams. This used to be done by WorldFish, but is now assisted by Patson and Naomi of Oravae Cottage. They established a depot on Sepo and Oravae Islands near Nusa Tupe airport in the Western province. The depot collects the clams and corals from village growers to be packaged before they are sent to Honiara.
A decentralised depot is advantageous because it means easier access for local villagers. Other advantages of this system include maintenance of traditional fishery-based livelihoods for local villagers and sustainable maintenance of wild populations of giant clams and corals.