Are you an adventurer seeking an authentic Melanesian experience in the South Pacific? Head to Solomon Islands, an archipelago made up of 6 major rugged mountainous islands, nearly 900 volcanic islets, low-lying coral atolls and reefs, nestled in the northeastern part of Australia. Guadalcanal is the largest island, covering approximately 5,300 sq km and home to Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands, where you will find a wide range of accommodations, from budget lodges to luxurious casino hotels and resorts. Other major islands include Makira (formerly Malaita), San Cristobal, Vella Lavella, Rennell, and New Georgia. The interiors of the large islands are covered with fantastic lush green rain-forest where over 230 species of orchids and other tropical exotic flowers brighten the landscape. Coastal strips are surrounded by mangrove swamps and coconut trees. Solomon Islands boast breathtaking natural beauty, rich and unique culture, picturesque waterfalls and bio-diversity.
Solomon Islands enjoy tropical climate with an annual temperature of 27°C. Equatorial winds, prevailing December to March, bring hot weather and rain showers, while drier southeast trade winds reduce the heat, cooling the islands from April to November. The best time to visit Solomon Islands is from July to September.
In Solomon Islands you will be able to experience plenty of land and water activities:
- Scuba diving in the South Pacific with top diving facilities, such as the live-aboard dive boats, is one of the main draws for adventure travelers. The rich underwater life makes the islands a diver's paradise. The best diving destinations in Solomon Islands include Gizo, Uepi Island, nestled on the edge of the world's largest lagoon, as well as Shark Point where you will find lots of big and friendly staff- giant leatherbacks, hammerheads and loads of fish.
- Fishing in Solomon Islands is very popular among tourists; especially big game, reef, river, beach and estuary fishing are available. Solomon Islands are home to many fishing destinations, including the Vonavona Lagoon, Mavo Eco Fishing Lodge, Papatura Island Retreat, Gatokae, Gizo where you will find endless fishing opportunities.
- Hiking is another hugely popular activity in Solomon Islands and the best way to explore the unspoiled pristine nature. Solomon Islands offer unlimited possibilities of hiking; best known hikes are from Honiara to Mataniko Falls and Gizo to Titiana. Guadalcanal is also a fine place for hikers; you can see turtles, flying foxes and many birds. Mountain climbing, beachcombing and trekking are some of hiking variations.
- Surfing in Solomons is the best way to explore an unhurt cultural and natural environment. The best surfing options are in the northern coast of islands, including Lau Lagoon in North Malaita where you can find more than a dozen of tides and breaks, also short and long waves, suiting both the beginner and advanced surfers.
- Dolphin Watching is an excellent way to experience the wildlife of Solomon Islands. You will find loads of dolphins playing alongside fast travelling boats. And if you desire to feed and swim with these wonderful smart creatures, head to Dolphin Island and experience maybe once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
- Waterfalls are another "must do" in Solomon Islands that you should not miss out. One of the most spectacular waterfalls in Solomon Islands is the delightful Mataniko, fed by a water source higher than the ridge and when you will find the water level low, swim into this water source and explore the inside caves. Other famous waterfalls include Tenaru, an amazing, and more than picturesque waterfall, as well as Kahove waterfall, which is a 6-hour round trip (including 39 minutes at the waterfall).
A more fantastic, untouched paradise is hard to imagine. Whether you are a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a honeymooner or a budget traveler, be sure that in Solomon Islands you will find everything you could ever dream about. Experience the islanders' quiet character and friendly hospitality. Respect their old customs and traditions and preserve the beautiful, unspoiled environment.