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The Solomon Islands are a South Pacific archipelago east of Papua New Guinea. They occupy a strategic location on sea routes between the South Pacific Ocean, the Solomon Sea, and the Coral Sea.

The Solomons have all the great attractions of Melanesia on offer. Idyllic island scenery with perfect sandy beaches and splendid nature in the form of rainforest, lagoons and waterfalls. For those who like to dive, under water life is as stunning as that above. There’s an abundance of wild life to discover and amazing, colourful cultural traditions to see. Highlights include the lovely and huge Lake Te’Nggano, dramatically surrounded by high cliffs, once the reefs around this old lagoon.

Even more famous is Langa Langa Lagoon at Auki. While its waters are brown rather than bright blue, life here is slow and peaceful, with locals working on their traditional handicrafts and classic canoes making their silent way through the water. It’s also one of the places where you can see the artificial islands this country is known for. Some date back to the 16th century, but new are created even now, using stones and coral materials.

Follow the slightly challenging but beautiful path to the bubbling mud of the Reoka hot springs or – for serious hikers – consider a 2-day hike to the top of the volcano Kolombangara. Easier but beautiful is the path to the Mataniko Falls, with underlying caves that served as a hide-out for soldiers in World War II, and the Tenaru Falls. They’re both close to Honiara, the country’s capital, which is also home to the National Museum and Culture Center.

East Rennell in the Rennell and Bellona district is the largest raised coral atoll in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Solomon Islands were used as a battleground between Japanese and American forces during the Pacific War. Most of its war relics can still be seen on land and under water, including tanks, plane wrecks, shipwrecks and guns.

    Islands

  • Choiseul. the northernmost area; includes the Treasury Islands and Shortland Islands as well as Choiseul itself
  • Florida and Russell Islands
  • Guadalcanal (Honiara) the major island with the capital city and main airport
  • New Georgia Islands. New Georgia itself plus myriad tiny islands and atolls
  • Malaita
  • Rennell and Bellona
  • Makira. This island was previously known as San Cristóbal
  • Santa Cruz Islands. Tiny remote islands in the south east, closer to Vanuatu than to anywhere else in the Solomons
  • Santa Isabel. Where the first European contact was made with the Solomon Islands

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