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Kolombangara is dormant or semi-extinct volcano last active probably about 10,000 years ago. It now forms a classic shattered rim shape as the cone has slowly eroded.
Kolombangara Island has very high biodiversity (meaning the variety of living things – animals, plants and other life) compared to the rest of the New Georgian islands in Solomon Islands, Western Province
Kolombangara people, the Dughore, believe that their ancestors came from the original couple that lived inside the Kolombangara Crater, Kongu Rano, at the center of the island.
Over time, the people moved out of the crater to live in villages further down the slope, in the valleys of the Vila, Kukundu and Rei rivers.
More recently, the Kolombangara people settled around the coast, leaving behind old village sites, burial sites and other tambu sites in the mountains and the crater.
About the 400m Conservation Area
• The conservation area covers 28% of Kolombangara Island and is the largest conservation area in the Solomon Islands.
• The conservation area covers the three highest peaks of Kolombangara Island, Mt Rano 1,698m, Mt Tepalamenggatu 1,708m and Mt Veve 1,779m and all of the Kolombangara Island volcano.
• KIBCA manages the conservation area on behalf of KFPL and Kolombangara landholders
IMBU RANO ACCOMMODATION
The views from the 18m expansive deck are breathtaking and ever-changing. Look away and back again a few minutes later and it has changed - the mist and clouds created by the high mountains come and go. The morning and evening light offers fabulous colours, a rainbow or sunbeams. You can regularly watch birds sweeping across the valley or landing on nearby branches.
Being at 370m altitude, you are well-placed to climb further up a long ridge connecting the crater rim, or dash down to the Vila River and follow it to waterfalls, kustom sites or into the crater centre. A transfer vehicle takes you from your boat at the Ringgi Cove marine base to the doorstep of Imbu Rano
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