Place: Marovo Lagoon, New Georgia


Marovo Lagoon is the largest double-barrier saltwater lagoon in the world. The name is derived from Marovo Island on the north coast of Vangunu and has come to be applied to the entire eastern end of New Georgia. The lagoon curls around Vangunu and Gatukai islands. Hundreds of small islands are scattered through the lagoon. Marovo Lagoon has been nominated for World Heritage Listing. The Marovo language is spoken widely in surrounding areas and the Seventh-day Adventist Mission used it as a lingua franca for many years. (Liligeto 2006; Hviding 1995, 1996, 2005; Hviding and Bayliss-Smith 2000)

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Published resources


  • Hviding, Edvard, Guardians of Marovo Lagoon: Practice, Place, and Politics in Maritime Melanesia, Pacific Islands Monograph Series 14, University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu, 1996. Details
  • Hviding, Edvard, Reef and Rainforest: An Environmental Encyclopedia of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands, Knowledges of Nature 1, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris, 2005. Details
  • Hviding, Edvard, and Bayliss-Smith, Tim, Islands of Rainforest: Agroforestry, Logging and Ecotourism in Solomon Islands, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2000. Details
  • Liligeto, Wilson G., Babata: Our Land, Our Tribe, Our People, Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Suva, 2006. Details

Book Sections

  • Hviding, Edvard, 'Maritime Travel, Present and Past, in Marovo, Western Solomon Islands', in R. Feinberg (ed.), Seafaring in Contemporary Pacific Islands: Studies in Continuity and Change, Northern Illinois University Press, DeKalb, III., 1995, pp. 90-113. Details