The Melanesian Russel Islands, of which Pavuvu is the largest, are used to produce copra (the dried meat of coconuts) and extensive coconut palm plantations can be seen carpeting the islands in shades of green. The groves do not appear to be frequently tended and small-scale operations are favoured by the locals. Close to Guadalcanal, the Russel Islands were chosen by the American Marines during World War II to prepare for battles much further east, but little remains of their presence. View more
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