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Munda, Western Province, Solomon Islands

"Welcome to Agnes Gateway Hotel, a travellers paradise, where tourists, diving enthusiasts and fishermen mix with business people, government officials on tour and locals. For fifty years our lodge, in the heart of Munda on the shore of the Roviana Lagoon, has offered accommodation, meals and refreshments to all who travel through the Western Province.

We are proud that our Solomon Islands’ family-owned company has continued its Anglo-Solomons Hospitality role for half a century without losing its unique character. This is an experience you must try.

Our comfortable rooms are adorned with pacific style decorations, our restaurant specialises in seafood meals and our Munda bar looks out over the lagoon to the real Munda Bar. 

Our sunsets are memorable, our crayfish and crabs unforgettable and our cold drinks refreshing."

Our Thoughts on Agnes Gateway Hotel
Agnes Gateway Hotel offers a unique Solomon Islands experience for visitors to Munda.  Located between the Coast Road and the beautiful Roviana Lagoon and next to the Munda Market, the Lodge is the main accommodation provider in Munda and caters to a wide spectrum of guests including international backpackers, business people, government officials, dive groups and individual divers, families and general tourists. 

The facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and a bar overlooking the lagoon. A favourite hang-out place for guests is the overwater wharf-style deck over the lagoon out front of the bar which captures the sunsets and faces the many small nearby lagoon islands and the bigger islands both on the fringing reef of the Roviana Lagoon and further out in the open ocean.  Our favourite spots are found on the waterfront, where you can relax and take in all the action of the lagoon with the local boats coming and going between the mainland and island villages and the market via the village wharf nearby.

The accommodation at Agnes Gateway Hotel is a little difficult to rate as it covers such a diverse range of options.  The cheaper accommodation grades are usually found further back towards the road in older buildings and the more expensive units towards the lagoon frontage.  Unless your need is simply a cheap place to sleep while, say, on a dive trip, we strongly recommend you take one of the air-conditioned room options as these all offer a bit more space and have more facilities, such as an ensuite bathroom. As distinct from some of the hotel’s backpacker and hotel rooms, the Cottages are all open-plan and in stand-alone buildings at ground level with lagoon views. They provide more comfort for visitors than some of the less expensive options available.  Without putting too big an emphasis on accommodation standards, it is quite important for prospective guests to know that Agnes Gateway Hotel rooms are very much in the “Solomon Islands” style, which is with darkish wood and plenty of quirky little Melanesian features.  However rooms are cleaned daily and the beds are really comfortable with good quality linen etc.  Ensuite bathrooms are quite modern. For a description of all accommodation types on offer please refer to the “Room Categories” section below.

Two Meal Plans which include 3 meals per day are available – the first offers unlimited selection from the a-la-carte menu and the second cheaper option provides set menu meals.  Meal Plans are purchased direct by guests once they arrive.  Meal plans are not compulsory, although worth considering as the dining-out option in Munda is fairly well limited to the Leaf Haus Café located a few metres down the road from Agnes Gateway Hotel.

Dive Munda, a top professional dive operator is located at Agnes Gateway Hotel and diving is the number one attraction for a visit to Munda. The waters of Roviana Lagoon offer amazing snorkelling as well as world-class dive sites, especially around the lagoon channels and the drop-offs into the deep ocean beyond.  Of course, there are WWII aircraft wrecks to dive on, but the natural dive sites are magnificent.

However, diving is not the only attraction of a stay at Munda. Lagoon fishing is another big attraction and the restaurant chefs at Agnes Gateway Hotel are only too happy to cook and serve your catch.  Go West Tours, Munda’s main operator of sightseeing and water-transport, have their shop just inside the gate at Agnes Gateway Hotel.  Apart from operating scheduled boat transfers and boat tours to most parts of New Georgia, Go West Tours also offer land-based tours to places of interest around Munda.

Things to do from Agnes Gateway Hotel Munda
  • Scuba Diving and snorkelling on world-class sites, 
  •  Sport Fishing within the lagoon for great fighting fish, 
  •  View underwater coral and World War 2 relics, 
  •  Visit Land-based American, New Zealand and Japanese WW11 sites, 
  •  Rainforest and wildlife fauna tours, 
  •  Tropical island atoll visits, picnics and barbeques
  •  Sightseeing lagoon tours. 
  •  Boat trips to other islands/resorts
  •  “An Island To Yourself” day, half day or overnight trips to Hopie Island.
  •  Guided village walks.

Your Accommodation Options
Agnes Gateway Hotel offer a complete range of accommodation types and styles and has something to suit just about every accommodation need from a pleasant 2 bedroom lagoon-front suite sleeping up to 5 guests, to backpacker-style dormitory rooms which share a bathroom, kitchen and communal lounge with each room sleeping up to 4 guests (2 Single Beds and a set of bunks) and everything between. In addition, they offer 2 off-shore island retreats, one a single cottage on Hopei Island out on the edge of the Roviana Lagoon reef and the other, 2 cottages known as “Madali Retreat” on Rendova Island which is outside the Roviana Lagoon.  

Hopei Island is only 4kms from Munda and the cottage available is fully self-contained. Bedding available is 1 Double Bed and 2 Single Beds.  Guests may self-cater with food supplied or have prepared meals provided from Munda.

The 2 “Madali Retreat” cottages on Rendova Island are reached by a 12km boat trip from Munda.  Guests staying in these cottages have an option of village catering which is included in the price or having meals prepared from Munda.

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff but excluding Backpacker Rooms)
Bullet Tatangala Wing - Budget Rooms:

The Tatangala Wing has 2 levels with 4 Budget Rooms on each level. 
Rooms are not air-conditioned but do have a ceiling fan for cooling.
There is a shared bathroom between the rooms on each floor.  
Tatangala Wing – Budget Rooms – Lower Floor.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Double Bed.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.
Tatangala Wing – Budget Rooms – Upper Floor.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests
Existing Bedding: 3 Single Beds.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Naru Wing – Standard Rooms:

The Naru Wing is located on the lagoon shore. 
Rooms are not air-conditioned, but do have a fan for cooling.
Each of the 4 Standard Rooms has an ensuite bathroom, mini fridge and tea/coffee facility.
Room size is 15m2
Maximum Occupancy: 2 guests
Existing Bedding: 2 Single Beds.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Ibibu Cottages:
The 8 open-plan (studio) cottages have garden/lagoon views and are air-conditioned, with fans provided for additional cooling. Each cottage has a mini fridge, an ensuite bathroom and furnished veranda. Size of cottage is 40m2
Maximum Occupancy: 2 guests plus a child.
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed or 2 King Single Beds.
Additional Bedding: 1 child bed may be added

Bullet Zazala Wing Suites:
The Zazala Wing is a 2 level building offering lagoon views.  The upper floor houses the Suites, one of which, the Family Room, has a second bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor.  All Suites, which comprise a lounge and a separate bedroom, are air-conditioned and each has an ensuite bathroom, under-counter fridge and electric kettle. Suites are 37m2 and each one opens to a nice wide shared veranda with seating outside each individual unit.
(Also on the ground floor - 3 Backpacker dormitory rooms).
Zazala Wing Family Room:
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed in the upper level bedroom and 2 Single Beds in the ground floor second bedroom.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.
Zazala Wing Suites:
Maximum Occupancy: 2 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Double/Queen Bed.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Bullet Orchid Wing – 2 Bedroom Seafront Suite:
The air-conditioned 2 Bedroom Seafront Suite is located right on the lagoon shore and offers superb views out over the lagoon and the sunset. This suite has been renovated and comprises a lounge and 2 separate bedrooms, one of which may be locked off for a small saving in price for guests who don’t require use of the second bedroom.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed in the main bedroom, 2 Single Beds in the second bedroom and a Single Bed-size Bed Settee in the lounge area.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding accommodated.

Getting to and from Agnes Gateway Hotel
Agnes Gateway Hotel very handily located, close to Munda Airport.  It takes only 3 minutes to walk between the airport and the hotel. Arriving guests are met at the airport and assisted to Agnes Gateway Hotel. Complimentary airport transfers are available.

Solomon Airlines runs up to 2 flights each day between Honiara and Munda and 1 flight each day between Gizo and Munda.  Departure schedules can be a little “flexible” so the staff at Agnes Gateway Hotel are always willing to check actual departure times for their guests.

Munda is a small community and moving around between the hotel, the airport and the little town is generally done on foot.

Kids Policy
Children are welcome and a child’s bed can be added to the Ibibu Cottage accommodation type.  Children may be accommodated in existing bedding providing room maximum occupancy is not exceeded.
Baby cots are not available at Agnes Gateway Hotel.

Check-in/Check Out
Agnes Gateway Hotel will endeavour to get you straight into your room when you arrive, no matter what time that is, or provide you with a spare room while they are getting your allocated room ready. The hotel does not have an official check-out time as they are happy to allow guests to use their room while they wait for their flight departure and there is no extra charge for a late departure.  The only requirement is that guests check out 60 minutes prior to flight departure time.

Cancellation Policy
Bullet All cancellations must be made in writing.

The information on this page is correct as at 09 November 2015 and is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities:
Bullet Roviana Restaurant – 3 meals per day.
Bullet Munda Bar with deck out over the lagoon
Bullet Dive Munda
Bullet Go West Tours (Boats & Canoes)
Bullet Car Hire
Bullet Complimentary Airport Transfers
Bullet Currency Exchange
Bullet Meal Plans
Bullet Luggage Assistance
Bullet Friday Night BBQ
Bullet Small Gift Shop
Bullet Babysitting & Child Minding
Bullet Daily Room Service
Bullet Next Day Laundry Service
Bullet Luggage Storage
Bullet Room Service Meals Available
Bullet Telephone in Cottages & Suites
Bullet Village Walks
Bullet Picnics on off-shore islands
Bullet Parking
Bullet Wifi (charged) in Public Areas.

Room Facilities:
Air-Conditioned (Not all rooms)

Bullet Fans
Bullet Fridge (Some Rooms)
Bullet Tea/Coffee Facility (Some Rooms)
Bullet Backpacker Rooms Share Communal Kitchen
Bullet Ensuite Bathrooms (Not all rooms)
Bullet Insect Screens