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Imagine almost a thousand islands. Coconuts and sago palms, mangroves and orchid flowers. Lush jungle peaks, misty rainforest, brilliant volcanoes, crashing waterfalls. Lagoons, atolls, reefs and tiny islets. Crocodiles, parrots, butterflies, turtles and dolphins. Lying northeast of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the Solomon Islands is one of the last real pieces of South Pacific paradise...the perfect runaway destination for the true traveller wanting to experience a kind of lost world. Pre-European traditions are alive and well here, and the variety of natural attractions is striking.
The Secret of the Solomon's
The Solomon’s is a great "active" destination. Hiking is a wonderful way to explore. Good day hikes include Honiara to Mataniko falls or Gizo to Titiana, while wandering the outer islands you will hardly see a white face. Diving and snorkelling are excellent in the west. The Toa Maru wreck near Gizo is said to be one of the best in the world. Fishing is also taking off, especially near Mandu and Gizo. Surfing is on the rise as well.
For something more leisurely, check out the World War II remains in Guadalcanal. Or visit the capital, Honiara, where there are some hotels and the most infrastructure. Don't miss the regular panpipe performances and traditional dancing. Gizo is a sweet, smaller town and there are many other delightful quiet villages. Boat tripping around the many romantic islands is a must.
You may like to purchase something from the great range of fine quality wood carving or beautiful shell jewellery available. Shopping can be very economic.
What a hideaway this place is: vibrant, gorgeous and warm with cooling coastal breezes. Not many people know about the beautiful secret of this land of contrast and adventure: the Solomon Islands offer you a unique and genuine travel experience: shh! don't tell!
Diving Delights in The Solomon’s
The Solomon Islands is a diver's delight, world renowned for the variety of amazing dives for beginners and experts alike. There are almost a thousand islands with lagoons, atolls, and reefs as well as islands of all sizes. Above water you'll see gorgeous tropical flora and fauna, misty rainforest, great peaks, volcanoes and waterfalls. Small villages are havens of traditional culture.
Then dive in and meet crocodiles, sharks, turtles and dolphins, dugongs, rays, eels, all kinds of fish, sponges, anemones and coral. Explore not only reefs, coral gardens, drop offs, ledges, gutters and other marine landscapes but also numerous World War II wrecks, including ships and aircraft.
A perfect example of the range and diversity of Solomon’s diving is the Toa Maru wreck, near Gizo, a 130 metre Japanese transport ship lying intact in 8-37 metres of water, which thus offers vantage points for novice and expert alike. Gizo also has several fighter plane wrecks and some excellent big fish diving.
Another popular spot is Uepi. The Marovo lagoon has countless species visible in the top 5-10 metres and "The Slot", a stunning 2000m (6000ft) marine abyss to discover.
The Florida (Nggela) Islands are only an hour by boat from the capital, Honiara, and offer more excellent wreck and reef dives near the old war torn capital of Tulagi.
These are just a few examples of well known greats, but the Solomon’s are rich with undiscovered marvels, and have consistently warm waters, averaging 27 degrees centigrade, which is frequently crystal clear.
A breathtaking piece of South Pacific paradise, The Solomon’s is a great "active" destination. You can also get into game fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, waterskiing, knee boarding, or hiking. The Solomon’s will not disappoint!
The Solomon's enjoy a very mild climate with temperatures generally not sinking below 21ºC or rising above 31ºC.
The dry season is between April and November but we recommend traveling between the months of July and September when perfect weather is almost guaranteed!
Water visibility is fantastic due to the mild trade winds and untouched nature of the area.
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