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Solomon Islands has some of the best diving in the world.
Water of the Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands has some of the best diving in the world.

Water of the Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands has some of the best diving in the world.

Giant clam cage basic husbandry in the Solomon Islands
Sustainable Ocean Farming
Giant clam cage basic husbandry in the Solomon Islands

Sustainable Ocean Farming

Giant clam cage basic husbandry in the Solomon Islands

10 Things to Do in Solomon Islands 2022 | Travel Video | Travel Guide | SKY Travel
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Solomon Islands Travel Information

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Key facts

Capital:

Honiara

Location:

Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Papua New Guinea

Currency:

Solomon Islands dollars (SBD)

Area:

28,896 sq km

Population:

690,598 (July 2021 est.)

Languages:

Melanesian pidgin (in much of the country is lingua franca), English (official but spoken by only 1%-2% of the population), 120 indigenous languages

Religion:

Protestant 73.4% (Church of Melanesia 31.9%, South Sea Evangelical 17.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 11.7%, United Church 10.1%, Christian Fellowship Church 2.5%), Roman Catholic 19.6%, other Christian 2.9%, other 4%, unspecified 0.1% (2009 est.)

TimeZone:

UTC+11

Tel Code:

+677

Things to Do

  • 1. Snorkeling in Marovo Lagoon

    Explore the vibrant coral reefs and abundant marine life in Marovo Lagoon, one of the world's largest saltwater lagoons. Snorkeling in the crystal clear waters is a truly magical experience.

  • 2. Hiking to Tenaru Falls

    Embark on a scenic hike through dense rainforest to reach the stunning Tenaru Falls. The cascading waterfall surrounded by lush greenery is a sight to behold.

  • 3. Diving with Manta Rays in Tulagi

    Tulagi is known for its thriving population of manta rays. Dive into the crystal clear waters and witness these graceful creatures up close in their natural habitat.

  • 4. Visiting Skull Island in Malaita

    Experience the rich culture and history of Malaita by visiting Skull Island. This sacred site is adorned with human skulls and serves as a tribute to the island's past.

  • 5. Surfing at Paeloge

    Paeloge is a hidden gem for surfers with its uncrowded waves and pristine beaches. Catch the perfect wave and enjoy the beauty of this untouched coastal paradise.

  • 6. Birdwatching in Kolombangara

    Kolombangara is a haven for birdwatchers with its diverse avian species. Explore the lush forests and spot unique birds such as the Kolombangara Leaf Warbler and the Roviana Rail.

  • 7. Kayaking in the Florida Islands

    Discover the pristine beauty of the Florida Islands while kayaking through its calm turquoise waters. Encounter marine life and enjoy the serene surroundings.

  • 8. Cultural Tour in Honiara

    Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands. Take a cultural tour to learn about the traditional customs, music, and dance of the local communities.

  • 9. Snorkeling at Kennedy Island

    Explore the underwater world surrounding Kennedy Island, named after John F. Kennedy. Snorkel through the coral gardens and encounter colorful fish and marine creatures.

  • 10. Sailing in Marau Sound

    Set sail in Marau Sound and navigate through its picturesque islands and turquoise waters. Enjoy the serenity of the ocean and soak in the stunning views.

Weather

Climate

  • Tropical marine climate with high humidity and temperatures averaging 25-30°C.
  • Wet season: November to April, with heavy rainfall and thunderstorms.
  • Dry season: May to October, with little rainfall and mostly sunny weather.

Best Time to Visit

  • May to October, during the dry season for more favorable weather and outdoor activities.
  • June to August for peak diving season, with clear waters and abundant sea life.

Visas

Here are some general travel tips regarding entry requirements that apply across all countries:

Passport

Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your arrival in the country you are visiting. Some countries will not allow you to enter if your passport is set to expire within a certain period of time.

Visa

Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting to see if you need a visa. Some countries require a visa for entry, while others do not. Make sure to apply for a visa well in advance of your trip as the process can take several weeks. Check the latest Visa requirements and if necessary get an online Visa with our partner iVisa.

Health Requirements and COVID-19 Rules

Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting to see if there are any health requirements for entry. Some countries require vaccinations or proof of medical insurance. Check the latest health requirements and if necessary get an online Visa with our partner iVisa.

Travel Insurance

Consider purchasing travel insurance, especially if you are traveling internationally. Travel insurance can cover you in the event of trip cancellation, medical emergencies, and other unexpected events. Our travel insurance partner is SafetyWing. For dangerous activities and/or countries consider a rescue service like those offered by our partner, Global Rescue.

Customs

Be familiar with the customs and laws of the country you are visiting. Some countries have strict laws regarding drug possession, alcohol consumption, and dress codes.

Currency

Check the currency exchange rate and make sure you have enough local currency for your trip. Some countries may not accept credit cards or travelers cheques, so it is always good to have some cash on hand. At WhereNext we recommend use a Wise debit card, which provides low cost currency conversions and ATM withdrawals.

Research the country

Research about the culture, customs and laws of the country you are visiting. It will help you to understand the place more and also prepare you better for the trip.

Contact Information

Make a copy of your passport and keep it in a separate place from your passport. Also, leave a copy of your itinerary and contact information with a friend or family member at home.

COVID Status

I am vaccinated 
Solomon Islands Closed
Test
Not required
Quarantine
Not required

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      Accommodation

      Hotels

      Available in the capital city Honiara and larger islands, offering a range of amenities and services.

      Resorts

      Located on some of the smaller islands, offering secluded and luxurious stays with beachfront access.

      Guesthouses

      Budget-friendly options available in Honiara and some of the larger islands.

      Homestays

      Experience local culture by staying with a local family in rural areas.

      Camping

      Permitted in some remote areas with prior permission from landowner or local authorities.

      Transportation

      Air

      The Solomon Islands have an international airport in Honiara and several domestic airports, with regular flights connecting to other islands and Australia.

      Ferry

      Inter-island ferries provide regular transport services between the larger islands.

      Bus

      Available in Honiara and some of the larger islands, but may be limited in remote areas.

      Taxi

      Available in Honiara and some of the larger islands, but may be limited in remote areas.

      Car Rental

      Available in Honiara, but limited in other parts of the country and may not be available on all islands.

      Bicycle and Motorbike Rental

      Available in Honiara and some larger islands for exploring at your own pace.

      Money

      Money Tips for Travel

      • Research the currency and exchange rates of your destination before you depart.
      • Notify your bank and credit card companies of your travel plans to avoid any potential issues with international transactions.
      • Bring a mix of cash, credit, and debit cards--and possibly a travel money card.
      • Be aware of the fees associated with withdrawing money from ATMs and using credit cards abroad.
      • Make sure to have a backup option for accessing money in case your primary method doesn't work.
      • Consider using a card with no foreign transaction fees.
      • Be aware of the local customs and etiquette when it comes to paying.
      • Keep an eye on the exchange rate throughout your trip and try to make large purchases or withdraw large sums of money when the rate is favorable.
      • NEVER accept currency conversion at ATMs! Always get your home bank to convert at much better rates.
      • Think about getting a Wise or other travel debit card; these can provide much better rates and some free ATM withdrawals.

      ATM and Credit Cards

      • Research the availability of ATMs and credit card acceptance at your destination before you depart.
      • Keep your ATM card in a safe place and be mindful of your surroundings when using it.
      • Try to stick to using ATMs that are affiliated with major banks.
      • Keep your credit card information safe and secure, and be aware of potential scams.
      • Make sure your cards have the necessary security features, such as chip and pin.
      • Be aware of the fees associated with withdrawing money from ATMs and using credit cards abroad.

      Exchange Rates

      • Research the currency and exchange rates of your destination before you depart.
      • Consider using a card with no foreign transaction fees.
      • Be aware of the local customs and etiquette when it comes to paying.
      • Keep an eye on the exchange rate throughout your trip and try to make large purchases or withdraw large sums of money when the rate is favorable.
      • Be careful of places that may offer to exchange money at rates that seem too good to be true.

      Insurance

      Travel insurance can provide financial protection and peace of mind for travellers in the event of unexpected situations or emergencies. It covers a wide range of needs--even some you might not expect!

      Medical Coverage

      Travel insurance can provide coverage for medical expenses if you become ill or injured while traveling. This can include coverage for doctor visits, hospital stays, and emergency medical transportation. It's also a good idea to ensure that your travel insurance covers COVID-19 related illness and delays!

      Trip Cancellation and Interruption

      Travel insurance can provide coverage if you need to cancel or interrupt your trip due to unexpected events such as illness, weather, or travel bans. It can also provide coverage if your trip is delayed or if your travel provider goes out of business.

      Lost or Stolen Luggage

      Travel insurance can provide coverage for lost or stolen luggage, as well as personal items such as passports and electronic devices.

      Emergency Assistance and Evacuation

      Many travel insurance plans offer emergency assistance services, such as providing information on local hospitals and doctors, assistance with replacing lost or stolen documents, and help with arranging transportation in the event of an emergency. At WhereNext we have partnered with Global Rescue for evacuation services, which are highly recommended if you are undertaking dangerous activities or are travelling to dangerous parts of the world.

      Liability coverage

      Travel insurance can also provide liability coverage in case you cause an accident or harm someone while you are traveling.

      Travel insurance can provide financial protection and peace of mind for travellers in the event of unexpected situations or emergencies. It can help cover the costs of medical expenses, trip cancellations, lost or stolen luggage, and more. It's always a good idea to review the coverage and compare the different options available before making a decision. At WhereNext we both use and have partnered with Safety Wing for general travel insurance.

      Mobile

      When traveling, getting mobile access is very important these days. If you are working remotely, wanting to update social media, or need to access your banks SMS authentication messages having a reliable service is a must. At WhereNext we recommend:

      eSIM

      Services such as those offered by our partner, Airalo, allow you to easily order and install an eSIM for different countries or regions that you are traveling in.

      Dual SIM phone

      If you have a phone that supports dual SIM's then you can get a SIM on arrival for each country, this is probably better done at a telco store rather than at the airport.

      Extend your home plan

      Depending on where you live and your mobile service provider you may be able to extend your plan to cover mobile roaming at reasonable rates.

      Keep your primary SIM

      With the amount of accounts we all have that require two factor authentication via SMS, keeping a constant number for these accounts is a must.

      Community

      There are several online communities and platforms that you can use to meet people while traveling, both for making new friends or for networking professionally. Some popular options include:

      Facebook groups

      There are many Facebook groups dedicated to connecting people while traveling, from expat groups and travel communities to groups specific to certain cities or regions of the country. You can search for groups based on your interests or location and connect with others who share similar interests.

      Meetup

      Meetup is a platform that allows you to find groups of people that share your interests in your local area. There are Meetup groups all around the world, and they cover a wide range of topics, such as language exchange, sports, and cultural activities.

      Internations

      Internations is a social network for people who live or work abroad. It has a large community of expats and organizes regular events, activities and gatherings that allow members to connect and socialize.

      Couchsurfing

      Couchsurfing is a platform that connects travelers with local hosts, who offer free accommodation and a chance to experience the local culture. It's a great way to meet locals and make friends!

      Reddit

      Reddit has a large community, and there are several subreddits dedicated to connecting expats and travelers. You can use it to ask questions, get advice, and connect with others who are also living or traveling in the country.

      Linkedin

      LinkedIn is primarily a professional network, but you can also use it to connect with people who work in the same industry or have similar backgrounds. It can be useful to connect with people before you arrive and establish a few professional contacts to help you get started.

      At WhereNext, we use Nomad List as a global community and then research more local ones for our destination. These are just a few examples of online communities you can use to meet people; please suggest any others that you think are appropriate for this destination.