Nationals of all countries in the may enter the Solomon Islands visa-free for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. There is indoor and outdoor seating, toilets, canteen, and flat screen tv with movies. More than 230 varieties of orchids and other tropical flowers brighten the landscape. The greeting in phonetic Pijin often comes with a lei and coconut water. Day trips or live-aboard tours available. There are lots of swim-throughs in the wreck to explore, torpedo holes you can go in and out of, big open cargo holds with cars and other junk inside.
I visited as a day tripper from Gizo, which is not a problem provided you eat lunch in their restaurant, which is highly recommended as the fresh fish is divine. When it comes to security, it is advisable to prefer an organized trip to solo travel, the country being agitated by an unfavorable economic context. The islands have a wide range of species with a number of them found only in a few islands. The village stands just one mile from the center of Auki township. There is also another group of islands called Solomon Islands archipelago, which should not be confused with this one.
Read the Safety and Security section on the. Traditional Polynesian dancing is offered on certain evenings and the popular and lively bar is a good place to meet expats and enjoy a cold Sol Brew. There is a huge bounty of fish species in the Solomon Islands such as sailfish, tuna, and mackerel. Two of them are at Bonegi Beach, which is a 20-minute drive from the center of Honiara. The islands are rich in undeveloped mineral resources such as lead, zinc, nickel, and gold. Crime: The crime rate in Solomon Islands is low; however, you should still not be complacent regarding your personal safety or protecting your valuables. Think coral reef-rimmed lagoons, sandy beaches, tropical jungle, rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes and Melanesian hospitality au naturel.
In 2015, 1 Singapore dollar is equivalent to approximately 16 Australian cents but we recommend checking current exchange rates. Photo: Kirkland Photography War tourism is huge here, and up on Skyline Ridge near Honiara, the Guadalcanal American Memorial details the horrific and heroic story of the bloody six-month Solomons campaign, etched into red marble pillars. Citizens of all other nations, with the exception of , , , , , , , and can obtain a visa on arrival if they have a pre-arranged visa approval. This means there is great biodiversity in the waters around the islands. Shopping and entertainment Local artefacts, souvenirs, clothes, local food and beverages can all be done in Honiara. The ship then departs Gizo for Honiara on Tuesday mornings.
The wet season is not monsoonal as days of sunshine will happen between days of rain and even on rainy days it likely will not last all day. As for cafés, there are just two in the country, both of which are located in downtown Honiara. Kolombangara, in particular, has a unique biodiversity and the largest conservation area in the Solomon Islands. It may be considered impolite to just drop in, so escorted tours are encouraged. Remember to bring comfortable and reliable shoes, not to mention a powerful flashlight. A good source of information is the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau. The ferry has plenty of comfortable seating, air conditioning and a big flat screen which shows films during the journey.
Clubs like Point Cruz Yacht Club and the Captains Bar in the Pacific Casino Hotel, in Honiara, welcome visitors for drinks and light meals. Tickets can be purchased from either the ship or their office in Point Cruz near the Lime Lounge Cafe. A charmless, dusty, noisy place, the best thing you can do in Honiara is take the first flight not cheap! It should be noted that in most cases these boats do not carry life jackets, marine radios or any further form of safety equipment so caution should be exercised. Contact the Solomon Islands' Mission to the United Nations for specific information regarding customs requirements. There are also operators in Munda, Gizo and Uepi along with a number of small operations scattered among the remote islands. Tourists should bring a pair of binoculars with them.
Don't worry though; if you run out of room, arrangements can be made to ship your treasures home. This dive is great not only for the lava tubes, but for the huge schools of fish that swirl around the seamount, and the fabulous reef on top. Tours include snorkelling, local villages and a traditional lunch on a deserted atoll. The Solomon Islands Visitors Board won't guarantee repeat performances but if you get lucky, an encounter such as this will be the experience of a lifetime. The two cafés in Honiara are the domain of tourists, expats and the wealthy elite. Due to a dispute between Solomon Airlines and Fiji Airways, all connections between Fiji and the Solomons were suspended as of September 2014. Genuine artefacts at very reasonable prices.
As most offer quite basic amenities, they are also considerably cheaper than travelling by air. Missionaries began visiting the Solomons in the mid-19th century. Crime: Petty theft is common in some parts of Solomon Islands. Coconut is another staple in the Solomon Islands cuisine. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel Jan 3. Located close to the airport, is a block of secure, self-contained, modern, spacious apartments which can be booked through Airbnb.
It is situated upon a hill that overlooks Mendana Avenue, and was constructed by the American military in 1992. Boarding is at 7:30am for an 8am departure. The snorkeling is incredible with a huge amount of marine life, including the occasional cruising black-tip reef shark. Many of them involve walking through beautiful villages, along jungle trails, to scenic waterfalls where you can swim and picnic. Underwater terrain is similarly varied, including walls, slopes, coral gardens, and pinnacles, plus dramatic and highly photographic caverns like Leru Cut. Bottled water is also available. Visa Requirements Solomon Islands Passport Stamps.
Some helpful locals put me back on course! The warmest time of year is generally early December where highs are regularly around 88. The Solomon Islands archipelago is part of two distinct terrestrial ecoregions. These forests have come under great pressure from forestry activities. Auki Ferry This runs most days from Honiara Wharf to on the island of across the Slot from Honiara. They are super easy shore dives, you simply walk into the water and the wrecks start at a depth of just a few meters. You are dropped a couple hundred yards from the wall in about 15' of water, hovering like a skydiver only a few feet from the rock shelf floor.