Introducing Solomon Islands
For those seeking an authentic Melanesian experience or an off-the-beaten-track destination, the Solomons are hard to beat. From WWII relics scattered in the jungle to leaf-hut villages where traditional culture is alive, there’s so much on offer. Then there’s the visual appeal, with scenery reminiscent of a Discovery Channel documentary: volcanic islands that jut up dramatically from the cobalt blue ocean, croc-infested mangroves, huge lagoons, tropical islets and emerald forests.
Don’t expect white-sand beaches, ritzy resorts and wild nightlife – the Solomons are not a beach-holiday destination. With only a smattering of traditional guesthouses and comfortable hideaways, it’s tailor-made for ecotourists. For outdoorsy types, lots of action-packed experiences can easily be organised: climb an extinct volcano, surf uncrowded waves, snorkel pristine reefs or kayak across a lagoon. Beneath the ocean’s surface, unbeatable diving adventures await.
The best part is, there’ll be no crowds to mar the experience.
Top 5 experiences of the Solomon Islands
Coral-ringed beaches, smouldering volcanoes and rainforest-covered mountains set the stage for unforgettable adventures in the Solomon Islands...
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Diving in the Solomon Islands
World-class diving awaits you in the underwater realms of the Solomon Islands. The marine biodiversity is exceptional, incredibly healthy reefs look like a Garden of Eden and the absence of crowds is a prime draw...
Travel literature review: The Last Wild Island
The Last Wild Island: Saving Tetepare by John Read Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Reviewed by Rowan McKinnon I met John Read briefly in the early 2000s at the tiny Munda wharf in the Solomon Islands' Western Province...