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Dear travelers,
Has anybody been in September or October in Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kiribati or Nauru and knows when which month will be better? Which month are more sunny days?
It's very important to know asap.
Thanks so much for any advice;)

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Auki general update

Hi regular Thorn Tree folk

Can anyone provide a quick current overview of life in Auki? Are the old Malaita regulars (Ozzie Giraffe, Laszlo, etc) still on this forum? I haven't spent time in Auki for maybe 5 years or so. Last time I was there things were very calm and a few nice cafes were opening up (very different to the grim time when the late Sir Fred was killed). Are things in Auki still on the up?

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Travel suggestions

Laszlo,
some years ago i contacted yo about the solomon islands.

Now, i will have a sabbatical from September till Januar this year.

What do you think? Anuta? Interesting?
Papua?
I travelled whole my life, i'm not a beginner.
Can you give me some suggestions?
Stefaan

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Hi,

I've arranged a last minute (and very short) trip to Solomon Islands and was wondering what a good itinerary might look like for 5 or 6 days? I'm a solo traveller and would ideally spend a day or two diving, with the rest of the time visiting the islands/hiking/exploring local culture. Is one of Munda/Gizo/Uepi for diving worth it for only a couple of days (by making use of the internal flights) ? Or better to divide my time between say Savo and Malaita Island which are closer to Honiara?

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Domestic Flights

Is there any discount on Solomon Airlines' domestic flights if you're flying internationally into Honiara with Solomon Airlines? I noticed that Sydney - Honiara returned flights are only AUD619 but Honiara - Munda returned is AUD 5xx which seems quite steep.

Thanks.

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I’ve been to Solomon Islands recently and I would like to share some information about my trip.

First of all some general comments about Western Province, a stunningly beautiful place, especially Marovo Laggo:
nature and marine life is world class
travelling in this remote part of the planet is very revarding, but not always easy due to lack to communication. Internet is almost inexistent, sometimes there is phone coverage, in few places they rely on radio, others are totaly cut off. The good…

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Hi. I would like to make the PNG--SI order crossing by water.

Considering to do on trip currently (two crossings SI--->PNG--->SI ) or in future (one crossing PNG-->SI)

Questions:
1. Any big difference in the direction? SI-->PNG or PNG-->SI
2. Want the crossings to be legal , ie get passport stamped in & out. Where is passport stamped in/out
(a) in Bougainvile Island ?
(b) in Solomons ... is it possible in Honiara? or must be done in Gizo?
3. Any boats going directly between…

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Hello. I read SI is unique or has interesting
1. Tapa cloth ... i thought it was unique until read some other Pacific islands have also. But, how are they different?
2. Carved Bowls, some including ivory
3. Fishing lures of interesting designs, and hook part made of tortoise shell
4. Pearls ... only white or some other colours?

  1. Any other unique / somewhat unique items in SI?

During the weekday (Monday , Tuesday) where can these be purchased?
Does the Central market have these crafts…

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Does anybody have any updated details on how to get to Anuta ?! Or is the bishops boat still really the only way ?!

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Shortlands

Hi, I am planning to cross over to the Shortlands from PNG next week, spend a few days there and then head onwards to Gizo. I have read up on the PNG to Solomons crossing/immigration topic, now looking for more information on the Shortlands themselves.

I am interested to see WW2 relics and if possible, go for some snorkeling. For the former, it seems Balalae/Faisi/Poporang are good bets. Anyone tried to go snorkeling and found some great spots?

Also wondering what would be a good base /…