Rennell Island, Solomon Islands

Rennell Island is the largest island of Rennell and Bellona Province, Solomon Islands. It is almost totally surrounded by 120-150m cliffs and is comprised primarily of raised coral limestone, with the eastern end dominated by a freshwater lake, Lake Tegano. The western end of the island is relatively flat from the northern to southern coasts with rolling hills.

Rennell is the largest raised coral atoll in the world. Lake Te Nggano is the largest freshwater lake in the Pacific Ocean, and it is now listed as a World Heritage Site. There is a bomber submerged in the lake which is interesting to explore whilst snorkeling.

Rennell is home to several endemic species, including the Rennell Starling, the Bare-eyed White-eye, the Rennell Shrikebill and the Rennell Fantail.

Things to see and do

* Lake Tegano
* Snorkeling in Lake Tegano
* Neitasi Village
* Kaikoi Village
* Tinggoa

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Solomon Islands Dollar (SBD)
Language – English, Melanesian Pijin
Land Area – 630 km²
Population – 2,000 + approx
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus eleven hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 677

Port Location – There is a port located at Kunggava, on the south eastern coast of Rennell Island.

Transport Links – Flights are available from Honiara with Solomon Airlines to Tigoa, at the west end of Rennell. The service is run twice a week. Boat access is available, however the service is irregular.

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