Tavanipupu Private Island Resort, Marau Sound, Solomon Islands

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private islands

Located 25 minutes by plane eastwards from the Solomon Islands’ capital city Honiara, Tavanipupu Private Island Resort is billed as ‘the South Pacific’s best-kept secret’. The island getaway boasts an unusual history: the former 19th century coconut plantation was previously owned by Norwegian traders, who allegedly bought it from the locals in exchange for ammunition – some of the traders’ gravestones still remain hidden in the island’s long grass. However, today’s vibe could not be more different: a tropical paradise surrounded by a vast turquoise lagoon, with manicured lawns studded with lines of coconut palms – ‘the only remaining evidence of Tavanipupu’s colourful past’.

Tavanipupu Private Island Resort, Marau Sound, Solomon Islands