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Driftwood offers a unique eco-adventure with a touch of luxury in the world’s largest salt water coral lagoon at the south eastern tip of the Solomon’s’ Western Province.

Driftwood has a 100-foot drop off immediately in front of the property with prolific sea life everywhere you dive. The underwater microclimates of fish and coral are so diverse that many of the world’s top marine biologists come here to study and discover new species of fish.

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In January 2019 we completed the first stage of the Driftwood experience - Driftwood House. It contains 3 bedrooms with private en-suites, modern kitchen and large lounge room. There is the option to book private rooms (2 people sharing) or the entire house (6 people). For groups booking the entire house, you will also have your own boat but you will have to pay for your daily boat excursions.

Driftwood offers stunning views of the lagoon, beautiful landscaped edible gardens, snorkelling at your doorstep and a home complete with designer furniture, a western kitchen, wood fired pizza oven and bathrooms that make you feel like you are showering under a jungle waterfall. Combining western standards in design with Solomon island features, Driftwood has been designed with comfort and relaxation in mind and is completely screened for protection from insects. Elevated to capture the sea breeze and nestled in the jungle with stunning views of the surrounding pristine lagoon, the building was erected using natural materials and over 70% of fallen trees; hence the name Driftwood.

We invite you to come and relax and enjoy this pristine wilderness or enjoy spontaneous adventures of the hunter gatherer and learn how to free dive, hunt, cook your catch with our fresh garden ingredients. Have canoe adventures with our village guides; learn how to create a masterpiece with fallen ancient timbers; or go hiking up rapids to waterfalls.

Driftwood staff are available to show you around the village, or guide walks in the jungle or along the coast. This is included in the package. The guides can take you for canoe rides, for jungle walks into the village, snorkeling, night diving or where ever you would like to go. They are very curious about the outside world and love to share stories. You will have the opportunity for cultural immerse as much as you wish. This is the true spirit of the Driftwood experience from the very moment you arrive.

A short 5 min walk below is our house reef where you can snorkel, spearfish or use the SUP or Kayak. We also offer boat trips to three nearby uninhabited islands where we offer dives through underwater caves, snorkelling through the coral gardens and a variety of freediving and spearfishing sites to visit every day for the beginner and the advanced. These activities are included in our packages. If you would like to create your own carving or weaving masterpiece there are workshops available with the world renown Morovo lagoon woodcarvers, for very reasonable prices.

Mouth-watering, memorable meals are our specialty. Three gourmet meals are served in buffet style and are included in the price. Our chefs have been trained by award-winning yacht chef Kdn Lyne. He created the menu together with the local women of Gatokae Island to ensure they developed meals that showcase the best of Solomon Islander dishes combined with a modern twist. We also have formed a partnership with The Good Food Brotherhood in Bali who come annually to update the menu.

It is a very healthy menu consisting of mostly fresh fish and crustaceans as well as locally grown and in season vegetables. We are thrilled with the menu as food is a very big part of what we love doing and we have a beautiful kitchen garden to add to our daily menu.

We are getting great feedback by many expats who say that our menu is one of the best meals in the country.

The price includes:
Accomodation (3 double rooms each with private ensuite)
Boat transfers to and from Seghe (Sege) airport to Driftwood Lodge
A private cook who has been trained by an award- winning yacht chef
Three gourmet meals each day including freshly caught fish every day
Gourmet coffee machine, fresh juices and unlimited coconuts
Daily village adventures (choose from an extensive list)
Unlimited use of canoes, kayaks and SUP
Free use of snorkelling gear
A private village guide
Free beginners spearfishing and / or freediving lessons
A private housekeeper who will make you feel like part of her extended family
Full laundry service

What's not included: daily boat excursions

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Guest have access to the entire property. The house contains a large open plan kitchen/dining/lounge area central to the house with stunning views of the ocean, neighbouring islands and the expansive star filled night sky and romantic moon rise.

We have three private rooms (each sleep 2 people) all with en-suites.

Two guest rooms contain a queen bed that can be split into two singles (ocean view or jungle view). The third room is a loft room with a balcony on the roof boasting 360 degree panoramic views. It has a double bed and a single day bed.

The house is designed with comfort and relaxation in mind and is completely screened for protection from insects along with mosquito nets for each bed.

Bathrooms for each room are built to Australian standards. Water for the bathrooms and house is sourced from a clean local spring. They are outdoor jungle bathrooms designed with privacy.

The kitchen is purpose built complete with a large bench top and modern four burner cooker to accommodate guests who love their food. You are also welcome to cook your own fish and feasts from time to time with the help of our staff if that’s your passion. Guests also have access to the herb and vegetable garden just outside our kitchen.

The property is powered with solar energy and boosted with a generator when required. Australian power sockets are available to charge small electronic devices.

If you are booking a private room, you choose your own adventures for the day and if you choose you can join other guests for meals or at your own private table. The lounge and dining areas are very spacious with plenty of relaxing quiet places to sit. Guests have loved the atmosphere and spaciousness. Care is taken to book in compatible guests (spearfishing enthusiasts only, couples only or families only etc.) and each booking period and only 6 guests can stay at a time ensuring a very personalised experience.

For the times that you would like to take a break from lagoon adventure, the house has a large wrap around verandah and landscaped outdoor sitting areas. This design provides even more spaces to soak up the outdoors, learn how to weave, carve, cook, make coconut oil or simply share stories with the locals.

There is a walking path all the way to Kavolavata village and along to Peava village and you can go for walks and explore the beautiful island. You can also join locals for volleyball and soccer in the afternoons and attend Sabbath celebrations with members of the Driftwood family.

Although it is possible to get some internet reception by taking a short stroll up the hill, we encourage our guests  to take the time for a digital detox.

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Your host loves all ocean adventures and you can organise trips for diving, snorkeling, spearfishing, all types of boat fishing, visits to nearby uninhabited islands for picnic days, kayak trips and the list goes on.

We have clear blue ocean and 100 metre coral drop offs just 5 minutes swim from the house. You can swim in and out and go spearfishing right outside our beach.

There are also three uninhibited islands with precipitous drop-offs, loads of pelagic and reef fish and world class coral are just 5 to 20 minutes offshore in our long boats.

The three uninhibited islands that we take guests on day trips are Mbulo Island where you can experience the incredible coral gardens and swim through caves snorkeling, Male Male has wonderful diving and spearfishing and Kitcha Island for dolphin spotting and our BBQ beach days where we go snorkeling, spearfishing and enjoy relaxing at the white sand beaches.

There are two FADs in 450 meter depth just nearby and another 5 at depths of 1000 and 2000 meters within 12 NM from Driftwood and at Matikai seamount.

Visibility ranges from 15 to 50 metres, and with the warm ocean and equatorial sun, fish hang deeper than they do on the Great Barrier Reef and equivalent latitudes. As well as this, most of the country we spear in drops precipitously away to thousands of feet.

There is an endless array of reef species. However, you are likely to encounter Tuna, Wahoo, Spanish mackerel, yellowfin tuna, skipjack, sailfish, rainbow runner, milkfish, barracuda, GT's, various species of trevally and a host of other pelagics are year-round residents. We also encounter blue marlin on most trips to the FADs

We take guests on day trips into the inner lagoon to explore more snorkeling locations, spearfishing, skurfing through the turquoise waters and manta ray dives.

There is also cultural visit is around the other side of our island at Biche where the locals can take you to waterfalls and to visit the last civilization to exist before the end of the head hunting era ceased.

Scuba diving can be pre-arranged with the nearby Minado Eco Lodge prior to you coming, if that takes your interest.

WHAT WE OFFER

Spearfishing and free diving with endless locations
Trips to nearby islands; Male male, Mbulo, Kicha
Full day picnic; boat trip, line fishing, spearfishing, snorkeling and BBQ
Snorkelling at the famous coral gardens Mbulo
Water photography at its finest at the swim through cave dives
Inner lagoon explorations with skurfing, spearfishing, snorkelling and manta ray dives
Spearfishing and diving to Kavachi underwater volcano
Cave exploration and prawning
Night lobster catching
Night coconut crab exploration
Weaving projects
Carving projects
Traditional stone oven cooking workshop
Waterfall hike and cultural tours
And so much more spontaneous activities are to be found!
Driftwood offers a unique eco-adventure with a touch of luxury in the world’s largest salt water coral lagoon at the south eastern tip of the Solomon’s’ Western Province.

Driftwood has a 100-foot drop off immediately in front of the property with prolific sea life everywhere you dive. The underwater microclimates of fish and coral are so diverse that many of the world’s top marine biologists come here to s…
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Nggatokae Island, Western Province, Salamon-szigetek

The house is located where the rainforest meets the sea. There are coral gardens 2 minutes from your doorstep.

Driftwood house is located in a peaceful location just a short 10 minute walk from the main village. The house has two neighbours that are further up the ridge and a shared pathway to the lagoon. It is completely up to you how much interaction you would like with our neighbours and friends from the village. They respect your privacy and desire for peace and quiet and are also very willing to interact and share their skills and love of island life with you.

Solomon Islanders are our teachers and we respect their knowledge and wisdom of their land. They have survived here with very little influences of Western civilisation and it’s important that guests who come here interested in their culture and value their unique way of living
The house is located where the rainforest meets the sea. There are coral gardens 2 minutes from your doorstep.

Driftwood house is located in a peaceful location just a short 10 minute walk from the…

Házigazda: Matt

Csatlakozás időpontja: 2018. február
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Freediver ocean obsessed . Foodie gardener. Expat Australian living in Solomon island drinking coffee and catching seafood. Living the dream in a remote island community of beautiful loving locals.
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As your host, I will organise all of your food activities and house needs. Working alongside with the local staff. My accommodation is below the house and I am happy to interact as little or as much as you wish.

Most of the year, I will be available 24 hours. I will be available to assist you with all your questions and arrange all of your activities for your stay. I have been part of the community for eight years and has a large extended family who live nearby. I will always make sure that you have the housekeeper available to take care of you too.
As your host, I will organise all of your food activities and house needs. Working alongside with the local staff. My accommodation is below the house and I am happy to interact as…
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