I had an amazing day out at Savo Island. I organised the trip with Bernard through the Tourist office in Honiara, he was extremely helpful and organised the whole day trip for me and a friend. The day included travel from Honiara, lunch and a choice of two activities. The options for activities included: a volcano hike, dolphin watching, a village tour and bird watching. Usually, guests of Sunset lodge stay there for the weekend and then return back to Honiara. However, I was short on time. The day trip was amazing and well organised. Bernard’s family were very welcoming and kind and it was lovely to meet them. I would definitely recommend going and I look forward to going back at some point and seeing them all.
We spent wonderful days here, the family was so nice and welcoming! We loved it so much to spend time on this beautiful island with the locals far far away from crowded traveller pathes. The kids and all people there are just lovely <3 Went to a waterfall with hot water with the kids - snorkelling right at the beach was also nice (saw black tipped reef sharks and lots of fish, although not so many corals). They are building a fantastic new terrace for the sunsets. Do not expect any luxury - everything was tidy and clean though. I still think of the wonderful time we had on savo Island at Sunset Lodge and hopefully one day we can manage somehow to come back it was so magic!!
Sunset Lodge is the only accommodation on Savo, a small island visible from Honiara. I'm writing this review after reading some of the extraordinarily poorly informed reviews from Sunset Lodge's detractors. Some folks come to Solomons to stay in 5 star resorts - that's fine, and Sunset Lodge is not a 5 star resort. But in some of the world's lowest income communities, 5 star luxury is not an option. Kuila, the village where Sunset Lodge is located, is one of those communities. The island has no electricity, save for 20watt solar panels and Sunset Lodge's diesel generator. There are no TVs, poor phone reception, and no employment. Sunset Lodge is also the only private sector employer on Savo. It employs around 10 Savoans, providing an opportunity unique to the island. Some of the commentators have complained about the concrete structure where the rooms are located. It is a basic room, for sure. But in my two visits, the rooms have been clean. The concrete structure is also the only building within the vicinity that can withstand cyclones. It protected the community during Cyclone Mona in Janaury 2019 - a storm which significantly damaged Kuila and Savo more broadly. Those who have complained about price - what an extraordinary thing to do! Sunset Lodge pays around AU$50 per day to have diesel-powered electricty turned on for its guests. The generator is situated next door to Bernard (the owner and operators) house. They are trying to install solar, which will lower costs for visitors and make Bernard sleep a little easier at night. In my recent visit, 2 nights accommodation, 6 meals, a guide up the volcano, visits to megapods, swims with over 300 dolphins, and half a dozen Solbrews cost $AU270, or the price of a hotel in dusty Honiara. If you want dirt cheap, go to Bali. But for Solomons, Sunset Lodge is a steal. Personally, I found the food delicious. Freshly caught coral sea trout, bacon and egg breakfasts. All the food is procured locally, again providing opportunities for local farmers. While there, Nesta, Bernard's wife, generously built fires for us on the beach, allowing us to eat BBQd fish by the lapping waves, watching shooting stars in a clear night sky as the waves lapped by our feet. It is a serene place. Sunset Lodge is entirely unique. There is no other accommodation on Savo, nor tour operators. They will pick guests up from Honiara and arrange everything. They are good people providing opportunities for locals. I recommend everyone languishing in Honiara to make the visit. Sunset Lodge isn't the Coral Sea - but anyone with the gumption to actually get out the city and see the real world should lean in, jump on Bernard's banana boat, and get to Savo.…
After reading the reviews I was not too hot about going there. But I just went there and spent 3 nights. They have renovated the downstairs rooms and they are really nice, large bed, clean sheets and towels, private bathroom with cold shower, toilet and sink. The place was clean, no bugs. I was lucky to have been there when a group of tourist came to visit and the whole village participated in chowing them their culture, way of cooking with samples, weaving and local dances by a group of men and then women. I also visited the megapodes, very interesting. Those birds bury their eggs in sand 3 to 4 feet deep. Would recommend.
A dump, no deliverance of the booked room, no trip to vulcano and disgustingly dirty, where 6 legged insect do not want to stay. We had to use our elbows to prefent touching anything. It's top of a scam. Hoping you will stay a night to avoid returning trip of hours. I hope one day someone will make a report of theft and misleading info