Rennell and Bellona is a province in the Solomon Islands comprising two inhabited atolls, Rennell (Mu Nggava) and Bellona (Mu Ngiki), as well as the uninhabited Indispensable Reef. They are both inhabited by Polynesians, unlike most islands in the Solomons which are inhabited by Melanesians. The main attraction in the province is UNESCO World Heriage listed Lake Tegano on the island of Rennell. It is the largest lake in the Pacific.
Both Rennell and Bellona are raised coral atolls.
Rennell is the larger island and has a land area of about 660 km². It is 80 kilometres long and about 14 kilometres wide. It is the second largest raised coral atoll in the world and has the largest lake in the Pacific.
Bellona is the smaller of the two islands, only 10 kilometres long and a width of about 2.5 kilometres. The total area is about 17km². It is surrounded by 30-70-metre high cliffs.
See the Solomon Islands article for a list of national holidays.
Rennell and Bellona Province has a tropical climate with temperatures averaging 28 °C in coastal areas. May to November tends to be the drier time of the year with June to August being the coolest months of the year. The northwest monsoon season is from November to March, bringing with it warmer and wetter weather and occasional cyclones. The annual average amount of precipitation is around 3,000 mm, though locally places can get much wetter.
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