Working in the Solomon Islands for the last 18 months, I have had the opportunity twice to jump aboard the Chemistry (Paradise Crusies) with Gavin, Luciana and puppy Luna to explore the magical islands and lagoons in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. If you're thinking of visiting, I think sailing is a brilliant way (and without hassle) to truly explore untouched beaches, participate in local life buying produce a villages along the way and relaxing under the stars on the front of the Cat with a glass of wine in hand. The boat is a 60ft catamaran, which gives ample space (even when you're over 6ft!).
The first time I went sailing with Gavin, we spent a few nights in the marvellous Vona Vona Lagoon with the giant extinct volcanic island Kolombangara as our backdrop. Gavin knows snorkelling places all through the Western Province. In the lagoon near Munda, when snorkelling with Luciana I saw schools of parrotfish, red and yellow corals, brightly coloured nudibranch and all in temperate water you never want to leave! Getting to the snorkelling spot we anchored nearby and took the small OBM boat to an island, giving the opportunity to explore the natural beauty we had been sailing through.
The Solomons has beautiful food if you're creative and passionate cook like Luciana. I would have liked to stayed longer just to experience the whole menu. Her Brazilian style cerviche with fresh Yellow Fin Tuna caught off the boat was definitely my favourite/recommendation.
Best thing is these trips are accessible by airports in Gizo, Munda and Seghe (fly in between them or from the capital). Next trip, after seeing their photos, I hope to visit the province of Chosieul, which you can fly into Taro - all from Honiara. On a budget you can reach all the islands/main villages Gavin can visit by taking the passenger ship. An adventure in itself, at 26 hours if you go from Honiara all the way to Gizo, but as short as 8-12 hours if you stop at it's first port of Seghe. I know the Chemistry does trips through the Marovo Lagoon - the longest saltwater lagoon in the world (fly or boat to Seghe) which is known for its diving.
Even as a 'temporary local' in the Solomons, aboard the Chemistry I was able to enjoy the real beauty and have local experiences I wouldn't otherwise enjoy. These trips were a real opportunity to truly see and be in the Solomons. I found it easiest to reach Gavin and Luciana on their Facebook page - https:/… but there is also the website http://svchemistry.net/.