Honiara, May 2014
After leaving the beautiful Marova Lagoon we sailed overnight to the Russell group which used to house a PT 109 base and you could still see the quonset houses and remains of docks. We had a good weather window for the next passage so headed out to Honiara. We arrived too late to make our way into the anchorage area in front of the yacht club so anchored to the east of the fuel wharves for the night and moved in the next morning. Honiara is barely more than an open roadstead with just a reef for protection from the swell. It is a busy place with space for hardly more than just a few boats. The jetty is pretty much occupied with the Chinese fishing boats, some tour boats and other regulars with lines criss crossing all over the place so we chose to anchor off the western breakwater. You can see Kelaerin bouncing up and down in this picture.
The banana boat taxi stand was just next door to the yacht club and was a busy and dirty place. The garbage piled high along the beach and the constant betel nut spit on the streets made Honiara pretty unsanitary at best. So we left and headed over to the Florida group to visit Rodrick Bay and the Ruka family.