SOLOMON ISLANDS TRAVEL GUIDE
The Solomon Islands, a nation of hundreds of islands in the South Pacific, has many WWII-era sites. Guadalcanal, a province and one of the archipelago’s largest islands, honours fallen Allied soldiers at its U.S. War Memorial. Guadalcanal is also home to the nation’s capital, Honiara, whose bustling Central Market showcases the islands’ produce and traditional handicrafts.
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SOLOMON ISLANDS QUICK FACTS
Currency: Solomon Islands dollar (SBD)
Area: 28,450 sq km
Population: 652 858 (2018)
Language: Melanesian pidgin; English is the official language; 120 indigenous languages
Electricity: 240V/50Hz (Australian plug)
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SOLOMON ISLANDS PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
- 15 June, Queen’s Birthday
- 7 July, Independence Day
- 26 December, National Day of Thanksgiving
Also, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Monday, and Whit Monday.
SOLOMON ISLANDS WEATHER SYNOPSIS
The Solomon Islands have a warm, tropical climate year-round. Temperatures across the country range between 23-31°C and precipitation ranges between 3000-5000 millimetres annually, although the most intense part of the rainy season occurs during the north-westerly monsoonal winds that bring tropical cyclones across the archipelago between December-March. The El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is an important driver of climate in the Solomon Islands, heavily influencing periods of drought, the risk of floods and the frequency of tropical cyclones.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN SOLOMON ISLANDS
The hiking trails of The Solomon Islands can be explored at any time of the year, however, the dry season from around May to October is generally the most pleasant.
BEACH OPTIONS IN SOLOMON ISLANDS
You'll have no trouble finding a stunning beaches in Solomon Islands. The dry months of May to October are generally most pleasant for relaxing on the beach. You can scuba dive all year round, but the seas are often rough from June to September.
SURFING IN SOLOMON ISLANDS
The surf season in the Solomon Islands runs from around mid October to April with the biggest swells rolling through in January and February. Just note that this is also the wet season!
KITESURF IN SOLOMON ISLANDS
There are long white sandy beaches for kite surfing along the main island of the Solomon Islands. The best months are from July to September, when the South Trade wind is strong. You can sometimes also get good winds in the months of June and October.
HEALTH RISKS IN SOLOMON ISLANDS
Be aware of possible health risks in
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.