Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands

Overview

Crystal clear waters, 992 islands and relatively untouched by tourist traffic, a trip to the Solomon Islands is a step into a slower, more relaxed pace of life.

With a cultural heritage stretching back thousands of years you’ll find plenty of friendly islanders welcoming you when you arrive. The islands are geared more towards eco tourists than those seeking glamourous luxury resorts but don’t let that put you off. You’ll feel like you’re stepping on to the set of a David Attenborough documentary with huge lagoons, tropical inlets, shimmering forests and volcanic islands.

Flights to Honiara

Don't miss

With 992 island to explore, there’s plenty to see and do. Here are some highlights. 

  • Go diving and explore the warm waters and numerous WWII wrecks
  • Discover the rich cultural history and traditions of island life, with village life often remaining the same as it has for centuries
  • Home to some of the least known birds on the planet, you’ll find a sanctuary of birdlife to discover
  • Explore the area’s rich WWII history as a strategic Pacific base
  • Learn to surf and enjoy one of the world’s best new surf destinations

Where to go

With so many islands there plenty to keep you busy. Explore the rich cultural history, learn to speak ‘Pidgin’, the local dialect, or explore the warm crystal waters.

People and culture

There is a small but growing population in the Solomon Islands of approximately 550,000 people.

The capital, Honiara, has a population of about 70,000 and is rapidly growing. You’ll find modern technology and ancient traditions sitting side by side here, however most of the islanders still live a traditional lifestyle in rural villages, seemingly a long way from the 21st century you may recognise. 

You’ll find a lot of islanders barter for goods and find alternative forms of currency such as shell money. The concept of money is still relatively new for them. 

Expect to eat fish, chicken, pork, coconut, sweet potatoes and taro. Look out for the main market, the Central Market, in Honiara, bursting with noise and colour, a don’t miss cultural experience. 

 

Flora and fauna

The islands are rich in wildlife and teeming with plants, greenery and animals.

The islands form part of a region considered to be one of the most geographically complex in the world and are in a very active volcanic area. Iconic mangroves and coconut groves occupy the coastal regions while the more mountainous regions are shrouded in thick jungle. 

The highest mountain is on Guadalcanal, a peak of 2,331m. Rare wild orchids are just some of the 4,500 plant species spread across the islands. The birdlife is just as diverse and exotic, with an astounding 69 bird species unique to the Solomons and the underwater realm is said to contain some of the richest marine life in the world.

 

History of the Solomons

Too much to go in to here, it’s widely held that the islands were first occupied as early as 25-30,000 BC. 

The British were the first colonial settlers in 1893, coming fully under their control from Germany in 1900, with independence being granted in 1978. They still remain a part of the Commonwealth, with HM Queen Elizabeth II the head of state. 

The islands played a strategic position in WWII, with invasions from Japan and the USA as they tried to capture this important stronghold. 

Post-WWII the island has flourished and should definitely be added to your list of untouched destinations not to be missed. 

Quick facts

Currency

Currency

Soloman Islands Dollar (SBD)

Electricity

Electricity

220-240V/ 50Hz

Population

Population

550,000

Seasons

Seasons

There are two distinct seasons, drier and cooler from april to October, warmer and more humid from November to March. You’ll find an average daytime temperature of around 28 degrees.

Getting Around

Solomon Airlines flies to 22 domestic ports from Honiara. Regular shipping services to many parts from Honiara. Car Hire companies are located within the CBD area.

Getting you there

Your flight with Qantas

Qantas lounge

Eligible customers can relax in style before their next flight in the stylish lounges available before take-off.

Included baggage

Pack more into your trip with complimentary checked baggage allowance on every Qantas flight.

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