Lake Tegano
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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest fresh water lake in the South Pacific.
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Joseph H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Business
As a local telecommunication engineer, I've been traveling to other places in the Solomon for work purposes, I however have to say that my trip to Lake Tegano is one of the best! It took an hours flight from Henderson Airport to Tingoa, and about 3 hrs travel on a Land Cruiser from Tingoa to Niupani. Niupani is a community located on the west part of Lake Tegano. When my work at Niupani Internet (Wifi Access Point) was completed, we went on a boat trip on Lake Tegano, its one of the best experience! Awesome view and awesome experience.
Written 20 October 2016
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TopLeaf
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Business
I stayed in Rennell for two nights and took the 3hr long trip to Lake Tegano. It cost us $3000 SBD for the return (about $500 AUD) and we stopped off once at the wharf midway. The track a not a sealed road, and if it weren't for the logging camps improving the access roads which account for 20% of the journey this would take longer. Our plan was to get to the lake and hire a boat/canoe for a few hours and then return. But alas, there was a provincial meeting on and the canoes with fuel were occupied and not returning until the afternoon, and the only other two boats didn't have fuel . . . so all in all a failed trip. This area of the island doesn't have phone reception either, making the plan near impossible to coordinate. But overall, of what I saw of the lake for the two hours we were waiting for a boat was nice, but the scale of the 9km lake could not be observed from our vantage point.

Best to make sure that you bring yourself food and drinks as there are no shops between the lake and the town . . . or of course you you can fill up on coconut!
Written 21 February 2014
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DaisyPoo
London, UK16 contributions
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Dec 2010
Lake Tegano is a natural wonder of the world, with dramatic coral cliffs cradling a fresh water lake and mature rainforest blanketing about 99% of the island. The Rennell communities are warm, welcoming and truly enjoy sharing their culture and lifestyle with visitors. Visiting requires that you stay at least 3 or 4 days in one of the lodges based around the lake. From that base, your host can organise activities for you to explore the area.

Getting there does take careful planning. Flights from Honiara's national airport are scheduled there about twice a week. But all good things come to those who wait. When you see the island's cliff's approaching, through fuzzy windows of the twin engine, there is nothing but beauty; bright blue of the fringing reefs meets deep green of the rain forest.

Then from the landing strip, there is a better part of a 2 hour drive to Lake Tegano. Decide who you are staying with before hand so that they can organise transport to meet you at the airport.After landing, your host or a representative will most likely be there to greet you and load your luggage. The drive to Tegano is on a bumpy dirt road with towering canopy on both sides, with the occasional interruption of a village.

Depending on where you are staying, you may have to get another smaller boat ride to the lodge. The lake, which is over 40 km long is filled entirely with fresh water and is teeming with tilapia. Our accommodation was basic, but more than enough for our needs and to enjoy this incredible location. The food was excellent, as we ate exactly what our host family did. Fresh fish, greens and root vegetables feature on most meals. Take the time to visit their kitchen and their gardens.

It is very helpful to know to know in advance that there are a few precious commodities on Rennell. Fuel and clean water. Rainwater is collected in small reservoir tanks for drinking. All washing is done on the lake front, and most kids get their daily bath through play. So when you visit please remember during your shower how valuable a resource it is!

Fuel is shipped over once a month on a cargo boat. But there being no port or dock, offloading is painstakingly carried out with a smaller boat that then ferries the goods to shore. As the Lake is so extensive, you should definitely let the lodge know in advance that you would like visit the more remote parts of the lake. Its all made by boat, so expect to pay a dear price for the fuel. Sometimes the monthly cargo boat doesn't make and there is a fuel shortage, which restricts how far you can go on the lake. There are other sustainable alternatives; try taking a traditional canoe out to see the lake for yourself or hike over the cliffs to snorkel the fringing reefs.

If you have the opportunity to go to Rennell, take it!
Written 11 April 2011
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