Accommodation

Imburano lodge is located at about 400 meters elevation above sea level on the edge of KFPLs stunning 26,000ha forest reserve area.  The elevation means it is a little cooler than at sea level.  Many tourists find the cool a relief after the sometimes oppressive humidity on the coast.

The view from the balcony is stunning looking up the Villa river gorge toward the crater.  On either side the towering peak of the volcano crater rim gaze down on the lodge.  Everything you can see is untouched except by natural forces.  Listening closely, behind the sound of the birds calling, you will hear the sound of the Villa river rising up from the gorge below.  For many just sitting on the balcony watching the cloud roll across the crater rim, the birds moving back and forth and soaking up the tranquillity is enough.  We have had famous authors sit here for weeks writing books, guests who have simply read and enjoyed the peace and the environment, researchers from around the world intent on recoding the biological diversity of the reserve, and maybe you on your own adventure.

The lodge offers three twin rooms (max two), a bunk room (max 12 people) and shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.  Showers are cold, but that can be a relief in the heat of Solomon’s!  Delicious tank water, solar power for lighting and 24 hour security are all provided. If desired you can book the whole lodge for added privacy or large groups. You can self cater or we can do the cooking for you with all the money you spend going to ladies from Ringgi who take turns to provide food and generate funds to support their families.

There is nothing like this in the Solomons.  Come and spend sometime in this unique place and feel the peace of the forest.

We Provide

All the guest houses have:

  • Beds
  • Linen (please advise if this is needed)
  • Towels
  • Cooking facilities (gas stoves) including pots, pans, crockery and cutlery and if you want to cook for yourself.  Alternately you can organise meals from our team, but please book ahead for this.
  • Showers and toilets

Optional but handy items

If you’ve still got room, you’ll be glad you brought these:

  • A light, long sleeved cotton shirt or top
  • A small torch or head lamp
  • A comfortable day pack
  • Compact binoculars for bird and wildlife spotting
  • A book for some alone time and playing cards for making new friends
  • A few energy bars and snacks!

Essential items

You don’t need to pack much but whatever you do, don’t forget these:

  • Swimwear
  • Lightweight, quick drying t-shirts and shorts
  • A loose skirt or sarong for town and village visits
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes (essential for hiking) or sandals (if you just plan in lazing about)
  • Sun protection- hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Dry bag or snap lock plastic bags to keep things dry on boat trips
  • Your camera and charger

If you’re looking forward to the water activities you might want to bring your own comfortable mask, snorkel and fins.

If you plan to hit the trails

For day walks you just need to be prepared with good hiking shoes, a day pack and ideally a light rain jacket.  Many people bring walking sticks or the guides can cut you a pole as you go.

For those planning on serious bushwalking you’ll need the following if you are heading out overnight.

  • A pack large enough to carry your equipment
  • A good quality hiking tent
  • A sleeping mat
  • A sleeping bag (high up on the mountain temperatures can be below ten degrees)
  • Food for yourself and your friends
  • Matches/lighter well sealed in a waterproof bag
  • Cooking equipment
  • Crockery
  • A water container that can hold a minimum of 3 litres of water.
  • A first aid kit including blister plasters and a compression bandage.
  • Of course everyone has different needs but you’ll find this a useful start to planning what to bring and what to leave behind on your Imburano adventure!
  • The Solomons uses 240V, 50Hz AC and Australian-style three-pin plugs.  Imburano has 240V solar power, but this should not be relied on as it is dependent on the weather.  The Ringgi guest houses have reliable power for 16 hours a day.
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