Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

The intrepid explorer and your blogger enjoying a morning of kayaking in Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

The intrepid explorer and your blogger enjoying a morning of kayaking in Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

 

On our second day in the world’s largest atoll, Marovo Lagoon, we spent the morning kayaking and then visited the small island of Sabulo, where a small open air market was set up for us on this uninhabited island.  Artisan wood carvers from several nearby islands (who canoed over) presented their exceptional sculptures for sale.  These islanders are renowned for their mother-of-pearl inlays in the figures and masks they carve.  The inhabitants of the lagoon are regarded as the purveyors of the finest artisan products in the Pacific.  We made several purchases…)  We also had a chance to get a glimpse of lagoon islanders’ life.  In the afternoon we had more opportunities for snorkeling in the pristine waters that were teeming with sea life.

 

Two young islanders from Sabulo Island diving for fish, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Two young islanders from a nearby island diving for fish, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

 

A young man out in his dugout canoe out for fishing, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

A young man out in his dugout canoe out for fishing, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

 

Kayaking around Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Kayaking around Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

 

Several islanders in the very large open air market that was set up for our visit, Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Several islanders in the very large open air market that was set up for our visit, Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

 

Locally woven fans were popular purchases (including this one bought by the intrepid explorer), Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Locally woven fans were popular purchases (including this one bought by the intrepid explorer), Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

 

This wood carver specialized in the traditional head sculptures that are attached to the islanders_ war canoes (indicated by the vertical flat wood at the rear with three holes, enabli

This wood carver specialized in the traditional head sculptures that are attached to the islanders’ war canoes (indicated by the vertical flat wood at the rear with three holes, enabling attachment to the canoe), Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands; this one was purchased by your blogger and the intrepid explorer

 

Mid-day heat was a good reason for a nap by these young children attending the market with their vendor parents, Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Mid-day heat was a good reason for a nap by these young children attending the market with their vendor parents, Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

 

These families (of artisan vendors) were preparing a fish fry for lunch in the shade by the coast, Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

These families (of artisan vendors) were preparing a fish fry for lunch in the shade by the coast, Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

 

The captain of the traditional Solomon Island-style canoe (see the next photograph) sold us this canoe that he carved, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, with a manta ray base to hold the cano

The captain of the traditional Solomon Island-style canoe (see the next photograph) sold us this canoe that he carved, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, with a manta ray base to hold the canoe, Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

 

A traditional Solomon Island-style canoe with our ship in the background , Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

A traditional Solomon Island-style canoe with our ship in the background, Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

 

After all the snorkeling Zodiacs were loaded back on board, we sailed out of the lagoon-atoll in the late afternoon as the clouds were building up, Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon

After all the snorkeling Zodiacs were loaded back on board, we sailed out of the lagoon/atoll in the late afternoon as the clouds were building up, Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

 

4 thoughts on “Sabulo Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

  1. Hope your bringing home a loin cloth! Good morning from The Bay Area…it’s 8:45am here and somewhat like spring…with a chill in the morning. Looking forward to Roe Tuesday night.

    Miss you guys…..

    Myra

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  2. Wonder what those folks, who have the dug out canoes, think of your kayaks and all of your gear.

    This uninhabited island looks so desolate, but there must be enough traffic if so many vendors come and display their gorgeous handmade goods.

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  3. Particularly liked the head carving you bought! Look forward to seeing it. Were you able to flow with the tide a la Aldabra into the lagoon while scuba/snorkeling?

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