Untouched by influences of the modern world the Solomon Islands are considered the most authentic destination of the South Pacific.
Located on the western fringe of the Pacific, north east of Australia, the Solomon's comprise of 992 islands, extending some 1667 kilometers south-east from Papua New Guinea. Rich in culture, this pristine paradise is one of the Pacific’s best kept secrets and offers the visitor a unique and unforgettable holiday experience.
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Situated to the south east of Papua New Guinea and only 3 hours by air from Australia, the Solomon Islands are one of the most peaceful and beautiful areas of the Pacific. The Solomon Islands comprise 992 islands, of which 147 are inhabited. The estimated population of 560,000 are predominately Melanesian, while some outer islands are home to Polynesians and Micronesia's. The local people appear shy but are very friendly. Most live a subsistence village lifestyle retaining many traditional and ancient customs.
The international country code for the Solomon Islands is 677. The Solomon Islands are 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Entry And Visa Requirements
Canadian, U.S., British, Commonwealth and E.E.C visitors do not need to obtain a visa before arrival. (Subject to change). Passports must be valid for 6 months after your departure.
Medical And Health Requirements
Dental, doctors and hospital services are available in major centers. There is a recompression chamber in Honiara. DAN travel insurance is highly recommended and evacuation insurance is required on all of our charters.
Malaria does exist in the Solomon Islands and anti malarial precautions are recommended. Remember that some medications can make you sun sensitive, so extra care must be taken to ensure that skin is protected from sun burn. Please check with your physician for the best precautions to be taken.
Please advise us of any medication you may be taking prior to your vacation. Note: Mefloquine (brand name Lariam) has side effects which can mimic decompression sickness.
Insurance should be taken to cover: weather problem; expedition cancellations; airline difficulties; medical problems and lost or damaged luggage. Unforeseen weather or machinery problems may cause us to cancel or change an itinerary. No refund is offered for time lost due to the medical evacuation of a guest or reduction of dives due to weather conditions. No compensation is offered to guests to change flights or holiday plans.
The currency of the Solomon Islands is the Solomon Dollar. If you plan on shopping or purchasing handicrafts - you will need some local currency. We can help you with small denominations in the dive shop. ATMs are available in Munda and Noro.
The allowance is 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco and 2 litres of spirits or equivalent. Some guests like to bring gifts for the local villagers. Check out our Pack for a Purpose Program for more information. We partner with the Helena Goldie Hospital in Munda.
The Solomon Islands enjoy a tropical climate with daytime temperatures averaging 29C and evening temperatures averaging 19C. April to November is the most popular time to visit as the climate is very pleasant with little rain but the Solomon Islands are definitely considered a year round destination.
High quality craftwork including wood carvings, mother of pearl items, shell jewellery and baskets can be bought direct from craftsmen in the outer islands or from craft and souvenir shops in Honiara and Munda. Local markets operate most days offering flowers, fruit, vegetables and handicrafts.
The emphasis is on light and casual clothing but not too brief in public places. Remember to cover up with light cotton clothing at dusk and dawn to prevent mosquito bites. Sun protection is absolutely essential. A sarong or skirt is appropriate for village visits as the local custom is to cover your thighs.
240 volts AC, Plug I - same as Australia.
Trading banks are ANZ and Bank of the South Pacific. ATMs are available in Honiara, Noro and Munda. If traveling to the remote outer islands, it is best to secure cash first. Foreign currencies are not well recognized in the outer regions.
Predominately English speaking throughout although Melanesian Pijin is spoken by locals.
Local traditional beliefs and ceremonies are maintained in remote areas but Christian influence is predominant.
In general, do not drink local water. We have ample fresh drinking water on board and rainwater is available at the resorts. In the tropics it is important to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to avoid dehydration.
Gratuities are never expected but always appreciated. We commonly hear comments from our guests along the lines of "this is the best dive shop that I have ever been to. The staff were incredible."
For exceptional service, tips of about 10% of the value of your trip is appropriate. A tip is always very welcome and can be given to the Operations Director to be shared among the staff. We ask that you not tip individually so that we may recognize all of our staff's contributions.
There is currently no locally paid departure taxes for the Solomon Islands.