Air

Solomon Airlines services the country’s 20-odd airstrips. Honiara is the main hub. From the capital there are frequent flights to the main tourist gateways, including Gizo, Seghe (for Marovo Lagoon) and Munda, but be sure to confirm your flight at least 24 hours before your departure.

The baggage allowance is set at 16kg per passenger.

Boat

Dinghies

Outboard-powered dinghies are the most common means of transport in the Solomons. People pay a fare to travel a sector. Charters cost around S$1500 per day for the boat and a driver; fuel is often not included (S$22 per litre in remote areas).

Passenger Boats

  • There are a couple of reliable passenger boats from Honiara. The MV 360 Flyer/Discovery has regular services between Honiara, Tulagi and Auki (Malaita), while the MV Express Pelican II has a twice-weekly service between Honiara and Auki. In Western Province, Rava operates a twice-weekly shuttle between Munda and Gizo.
  • On top of passenger boats, there are also freighters that take passengers, including the MV Anjeanette and the MV Fair Glory, which both operate between Honiara and the Western Province.
  • Most shipping companies have offices near Honiara's main wharf.

Bus

Public minibuses are found only in Honiara. Elsewhere, people pile into open-backed trucks or tractor-drawn trailers.

Car & Motorcycle

  • The country has around 1300km of generally dreadful roads. International driving permits are accepted, as are most driving licences.
  • Driving is on the left side of the road.
  • Hire cars are available only in Honiara.

Hitching

If you want a ride through the countryside, flag down a passing vehicle and ask the driver the cost of a lift. In rural areas most vehicles double as public transport.

Taxi

Taxis are plentiful in Honiara and there are small fleets in Gizo and Auki. They are meterless, so agree on the price before you set off.