Solomon Islands Travel

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Introduction

The Solomon Islands are unspoiled, you will feel like you stepped back in time into a lost world. Experience an unhurried way of life and exotic cultures. The Solomon Islands are the perfect destination for adventure travelers and divers.

There are 922 islands and they’re all different. From small islands with huge mountain ranges to little atolls surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. Explore the history of the islands when you arrive in Honiara. Then get on the water to explore the many stunning islands and the underwater world. Here you will find the traditional way of life remarkably well preserved. Behold the magic of these islands and watch a shark-caller at work. The Solomon Islands is a land of adventure. Explore the magnificent rainforests, the many waterfalls, the mighty volcanoes and the mist-enshrouded mountain peaks. No other Pacific Island group has such a diversity of nature. Climb the volcanic peaks, hike trough lush forest, kayak alongside the beautiful coastline and cruise trough the many islands. The diving is great at Munda, Gizo and Uepi island. Marvel at the underwater world and the amazing creatures that live within the depths of the ocean. If you go here for your honeymoon, it will truly be a unique experience. Enjoy the sunset on a secluded beach and loose yourself in the tranquility and peace of these islands.

Gizo

Gizo is a village in the Western Province, situated at the island of Ghizo. It’s right at the waterfront with rolling and steep hills in the background. Gizo serves as the centre of the Western Province, which is famous for the stone and wood carvings. There’s also some amazing diving around here! Coming Soon…

Honiara

Honiara is the capital of the Solomon Islands. Here is also the international airport and its the gateway to the surrounding islands. Highlights here are the historical sights dated from WWII and the market. The wharf and the museum are both worth a visit as well. Coming Soon…

Uepi

Uepi Island is a barrier reef island. The land is covered by rainforest and surrounded by sandy beach and fringing coral reef. The diving here is exceptional and only minutes away from the island. You can stay at the Uepi Island Resort. What makes this place special is that you never have to share it with hordes of tourists. There’s only place for a few tourists at any one time to stay at the island. Coming Soon…

Munda

The village of Munda is located on New Georgia Island in the Western Province. Again this is a famous destination for diving, including some wreck dives! The picture perfect Roviana Lagoon is perched on the edge of the island with its beautiful crystal clear water. Another destination in the Solomon Islands you don’t want to miss! Coming Soon…

Regions

Honiara
The main port of entry into the Solomon Islands is at Henderson International Airport on the island of Guadalcanal. Situated approximately 15 minutes drive from the airport is the capital, Honiara. The town is on the northern coastline and incorporates a small picturesque sea port at Point Cruz. Visitors will enjoy the hustle and bustle of Honiara and there are many things to do and see.

Central Province
This group of islands comprises the Nggela (or Florida) group, across Iron Bottom Sound from Honiara, Savo and Russell Islands. There are superb dive sites and natural wonders like the unique Megapode birds breeding on thermal springs on Savo Island. Tulagi, the colonial capital of Solomon Islands, boasts historic tales and sites. Russell Islands has one of the largest coconut groves in the South Pacific.

Choiseul Province
Under-developed, Choiseul is an adventurer’s haven. Made up of one large island of 3294 square kilometres lying north of Western Province, the province’s main attraction are its virgin, untouched natural wonders like nesting sands for the endangered Hawksbill turtles. Whales have also been sighted in the surrounding waters. Choiseul is home to rare pottery and weaving. The Provincial Capital is Taro.

Guadalcanal Province
It is here in Guadalcanal, that you find the country’s capital, Honiara. War wrecks are an attraction. An absence of roads along the west coast makes the region mostly inaccessible to outsiders by land, but it abounds in natural wonders. The island is mainly mountainous and deeply dissected with narrow river valleys and coastal plains.

Makira and Ulawa Province
Makira, Ulawa and their seven small neighbors are sometimes called the Eastern Solomons, although Temotu Province is further east. The main island of Makira is 3,188 sq km with other islands within 32 km of its shores except for Ulawa, 75 km distant. Visitors will find the two-island province full of surprises. Some cultural practices are unique to Makira and Ulawa like ancient fishing methods, crocodile wrestling and the shark hole underneath a church altar at Suholo village in Ulawa. Witnessing the island’s annual land crab harvest should a highlight.

Malaita Province
Natural and cultural delight as its main attractions, Malaita is made up of one main island to Guadalcanal’s east as well as atolls to the extreme north namely Ontong Java and Sikiana whose inhabitants are Polynesian. Man-made islands, in and near Auki, the provincial capital, are a must see. Ancestral worship ceremonies and other rituals as shark calling are still being practised in certain religions. Some villages especially those up in the mountains are difficult to access.

Isabel Province
Made up of one main island to the northwest of Guadalcanal. Explore the relaxed surroundings of forests, coconut plantations and mountain villages; as well as guided bush walks. Visit a village built on stilts in Kia, turtle breeding site for endangered Hawksbill turtles. The province is also famous for its unique dance for women, the vanishing lake and numerous skull shines. Bird and crocodile watching can be organised as well as attending an impromptu pan-pipe concert. Isabel Province comprises of the islands of Santa Isabel, San Jorge, Ramos, Arnavon and the Western Islands.

Rennell & Bellona Province
Rennell, a World Heritage site, is the main attraction, with the South Pacific’s largest inland lake, Lake Te Nggano. The two-island province of uplifted corals lies directly south of Guadalcanal. The lake and its surrounds are home to numerous endemic birds and plants. Activities for visitors include land crab hunting, spear diving, night fishing and dolphin watching. A number of resthouses are by the lake whilst Bellona offers cave accommodation.

Temotu Province
Temotu province is an isolated and widely scattered group of small islands situated some 350km east of Honiara. Made up of three main islands in the extreme east, Temotu offers a historical and culturally unique experience for visitors. The French La Perouse wrecks were found here and Spanish explorer Alvaro de Mendana entered the Solomon’s archipelago through Temotu, proven by sites of a Spanish village he attempted to build. The country’s most active volcano is at Tinakula and the unique red feather money is found here. Ancient and massive Kauri trees grow at Vanikoro and Santa Cruz and if you’re surfer perfect curls can be found at Carlise Bay.

Western Province
This is Solomon’s tourism mecca, the province boasts magnificent aerial views of verdant islands and azure lagoons; incredible diving and snorkeling at multiple sites, coral reefs and WWII wrecks, Kennedy Island (named after JF Kennedy); Kavachi underwater submarine volcano; Morovo Lagoon, eco-tourism lodges; skilled stone and wood carvers; Megapode birds at Vella Lavella and ancient head hunting and skull shrines. Marovo Lagoon and Vonavona Lagoons have great productive fishing spots. Some eco-lodges offer spectacular hiking trails and mountain biking.

Climate

The Solomon Islands, lying within 12 degrees latitude of the equator has a tropical climate characterized by high humidity and hot temperatures which are tempered by sea breezes. Because of the low altitude of the islands they are less subject to the damaging effects of tropical cyclones however cyclone still poses a threat to the country each year during the wet season. The months between April to November are the best time to visit the Solomon Islands as the Southeast trade winds fan the islands and there is less rain.

Average Temperature
Summer: 87F maximum (31°C) 73F minimum (23°C)
Winter: 84F maximum (29°C) 71F minimum (22°C)

Average Water Temperature
The water temperature sits on a comfortable year-round 82-84F (28-29°C)

Dry/Cool Season
May – October

Wet/Humid Season
December – March

 

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