Andrickson and Andrew have created Yawana Dive and Bungalows in a beautiful and remote part of the Solomons where visitors get to experience the real Melanesian life among the islands.
The Yawana Bungalows accommodates only a few guests at a time offering a true Vella experience. The property is situated on the coastal shore with magnificent westerly views of Baqa Island and great sunsets.
Yawana is not just about diving the amazing reefs of Vella; we create a more wholistic Solomon Islands experience in which guests meet local people and learn about their culture. We can arrange a traditional dance performance on our private beach, or a visit to a nearby tambu site hidden in the forest.
There are plenty of other activities for guests - fishing with local guide Alan who has thirty years of experience taking fishermen to the best spots, or hiking through the forest to visit the WWII wreck of a DC3 transport plane, or a boat tour up the Ola river to look for crocodiles. The birdwatching at Vella Lavella island is fantastic and is home to the endemic Vella Whiteye and many other tropical species.
Andie serves all the meals at the main house on the verandah. Fresh eggs for breakfast, and daily caught fish and crayfish are regulars on the menu for lunch and dinner . Snacks, fruit, tea and coffee are available all day. Daily meal charge is $400 SBD per person. All water is rain collection.
Daily Activities include :
* Scuba Diving - tanks, weights and some gear is available. Please enquire prior to travelling to ensure preparation for your arrival. A two tank boat dive includes fuel, driver, reef fees and snacks during surface interval for $1000. Additional dives in a day is $300 extra. The night dive on the house reef in front of Yawana is excellent and should not be missed. Scuba gear hire is $250 SBD per day.
* Snorkelling and bush walking.
* Fishing includes boat hire and fishing gear for $200 per hour plus fuel
* Kastom site visit to one or more of the several traditional sites and skull shrines in the area can be arranged. Cost is dependant on the number of guests and sites visited.
* Yawana Bungalows is now offering birdwatching tours of the surrounding area on Vella Lavella Island. There is a great variety of bird species found here which are endemic to the Solomons, and we have knowledgeable local guides who can take guests through the nearby forests in search of wildlife. These are traditional lands owned by the local communities so we ask guests to make a small ‘kastom fee’ contribution.
* We also have created a walking track “The Ho Chi Minh Trail” through our own private land that takes about 20 - 30 minutes to complete. It is a medium grade hike requiring average fitness and wearing strong footwear with good grip as the track leads up through virgin old growth forest that can be slippery after rain. The trail leads through a beautiful coconut plantation then ascends through the dense undergrowth, vines and giant trees to emerge at an elevated scenic lookout with spectacular views looking westwards over Vella Lavella and Wilson Strait to Ranongga Island. In the mornings, with the sun behind you, the light captures the tops of the trees where birds are sighted and ideal photo conditions prevail.The trail continues down through the forest to our banana and vegetable gardens and onto Yawana Bungalows. The Ho Chi Minh Trail is clearly marked and a guide is not required.
* Traditional Custom Dance performance from nearby Varese Village can be arranged for $600 per performance. The dancers and musicians perform local Vella LaVella traditional dances wearing original costumes made from soft bark of local trees.
* Massage costs $100 for 1 hour and is a real treat by John or Begalyn.
* Local WW11 history.