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Treasury Islands, Mono Island

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How to get to Mono Island?
10 years ago, November 22nd 2009 No: 1 Msg: #94256  
Hows it going guys.

My Grandfather was a member of the NZ airforce within WWII, to cut a long story short, he was shot down around the Treasury Islands. He spent to days in the water before arriving on Mono Island. At this time Mono Island was a Japanese training base. He managed to live and survive hideing on Mono island for 3 months. After 36 days the local villagers found him and took him in, helping him hide and survive.

After the war my grandfather never returned to Mono Island. He past away on September the 21st 2009. A few of my final conversations with him was discussing how he never returned but wanted me to go back there for him. I'm a little scared of the emotions I may even feel as I walk through his story on the island. But first things first, how do I get there? Ive been trying to research it all but have had little luck. Could someone help me please are there local ships that drop off supplies etc. if so how much could it possibly cost.

Kind regards and safe travels

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10 years ago, November 23rd 2009 No: 2 Msg: #94298  
Dear Rikoh
maybe you should try
http://www.flysolomons.com/Default.aspx
they fly to Ballalae and Ghizo Island and i think they do Stirling Island too.
Please Post some Pictures of Mono when you ve been there
The IATA Code of Mono is MNY, check their schedule at
http://engage2007.corpendo.co.nz/Organizations/FlySolomons/sm_Assets/Schedule/FlightSchedulesAug09.pdf

Regards
Hagen
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10 years ago, January 6th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #98575  
Hi Rikoh,
I work for a company specialising in Holidays to remote destinations, and the Solomon Islands is one of these we specialise in. The company I work for is called and is located in Auckland.
I've had an enquiry recently about travel to Mono Island, and I'm picking there are more Kiwi's who would like to visit where relatives have travelled during previous times.
A special charter flight is likely to be the best option - this isn't cheap. A group travelling is likely to be the most affordable way to visit Mono Island.
Happy Travels!
Mike
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10 years ago, March 14th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #106411  
I've been to Mono in 2007, at Christmas. We flew, but today there are no scheduled flights in 2010. Last Christmas, 2009, my friend managed to fill a plane and convinced Solomon Airlines to fly to Mono. His wife originates from there.

To get to Mono independently, you could fly to Ballalae, in the Shortlands, and charter a "canoe" (speedboat) from there. Flights are expensive. Ships to the Shortlands are infrequent, probably too difficult to plan.

People are helpful and will look after you but conditions are basic on the islands. I enjoy staying in villages.

NZ WW2 veterans used to visit Mono but I think there would be very few left today. You have a very good reason to visit. Go for it!

Stephen.

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