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Solomon Islands

An intriguing mix of luxury and untouched natural beauty, the Solomon Islands is a nature lover’s dream. Trek through jungle, discover waterfalls or sample local cuisine, there’s never a dull moment in the Solomon Islands. Adventure is out there wating to be explored with our Solomon Islands travel guide.

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Places to stay

Whether you’re after a five-star experience or would prefer a more authentic village stay, the Solomon Islands has a diverse selection of accommodation for everyone.

Give back to local communities and opt for a village stay or book an airnbnb on Ghizo island, there’s plenty of accommodation to facilitate your island-hopping needs.

For a five-star experience, Tavanipupu, a former coconut plantation is the private island experience of the rich and famous. If you’re worried about your carbon footprint, try Titiru Eco Lodge, set in the tropical bushland of Rendova Island.

Things to do

World War II memorabilia, world-class diving and villages that haven’t been touched by time are all waiting for you in the Solomon Islands. Once you’ve landed on the mainland prepare to set off and explore the surrounding islands. It’s easy to take a short domestic flight with the local airline, Solomon Airlines.

Dive to see dugongs, dolphins and coral drop-offs waiting in the island’s tranquil seas. Book a tour with one of the companies in Honiara or Gizo that run day trips to some of the best dive spots. While there are incredible relics of war you can dive into the depths to see, another great way to engage in a history lesson is by visiting the Guadalcanal American Memorial near Honiara or The Vilu War Museum which has several relics and war wrecks to learn about.

With such epic natural surrounds, a hike is a must while on the Islands. Mataniko Falls is a well-known, picturesque day hike while the 2-day trek through magnificent lowland gardens and the ethereal ‘cloud’ forest to Mount Mariu on Gatokae Island is worth bring your hiking boots. Don’t miss encountering the untouched corners of the incredible Solomon Islands.

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Marine and wildlife

The Solomon Islands are home to many incredible and intriguing species of wildlife. With an astounding sixty-nine bird species found nowhere else in the world, a tour through the key nesting areas of Kolombangara, Ranonga and, Vella Lavella on Gizo Island is a must.

Snorkelling and diving could bring you face to face with manta rays, reef sharks, dugongs or dolphins. South Marovo Lagoon has plenty of rare species of fish and invertebrates. The World Heritage property of East Rennell is teeming with wildlife like bats and birds.

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Food and drink

Typical food eaten in the Solomons includes fish, chicken, pork, coconut, sweet potatoes and taro. The country’s main food market is the Central Market in the capital Honiara. A hub of noise and colour, the market has a huge selection of fish and fresh produce brought in from outlying islands as well as crafts, jewellery and other items and is a fantastic way to get a taste of the culture.

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Getting around

By air: one of the best and most convenient ways to get around. Honiara is the main hub with frequent flights to the main tourist gateways including Seghe, Munda and Gizo.

By sea: outboard powered dinghies are the most common means of transport. There are regular passenger boat services between Honiara and Auiki (Malaita) and a weekly service between Honiara and Gizo via Marovo.

By road: the roads are generally poor, though it’s possible to hire a car in Honoria and Gizo.

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