In the Solomon Islands they have a saying, “so Solomons, so different”, and this couldn’t be more true.
It is nothing like its neighbourhood Pacific Islands such as Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Samoa, and it doesn’t want to be. Because what makes the Solomon Islands so special is uniqueness that can only be obtain when not over run by tourists.
Yes, the Solomon Islands are not on everyone’s bucket list, but for those travellers who seek out something a little bit different, then it is right up your alley.
A short three-hour flight from Brisbane will land you in the capital, Honiara, on the main island of Guadalcanal, just one of the six main islands. There are over 900 islands in total that make up sovereign country, leaving plenty of room for exploration.
Solomon Airlines (IE) provide flights between Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu and Honiara as well as to destinations throughout the Solomon Islands. They operate four times a week return. Domestic connection are available from major cities within Australia and also domestically once in the Solomon Islands.
The destination is raw and diverse. It has a unique culture which can be explored throughout the islands. The diving is world class, with some of the most incredible wreck dives in the region. This stems from the history and many places around the Solomon Islands are still scattered with remnants from the war in the Pacific. Being an island nation, there is no denying the fishing is top class and the many surfing breaks provide empty waves for the taking.
Since the Royals, Prince William and Princess Kate, visited the Solomon Islands, the appeal for couples, romance and even weddings have taken off in the Solomon Islands. And why not, with secluded beaches and intimate villas tucked between palm trees, there is no better place to relax with a loved one or take in a Solomon’s sunset arm in arm.
Travellers to the Solomon Islands need to be flexible. The destination is raw and still learning to deal with tourist numbers and demands. This is what makes it so genuine however. The locals are friendly and happy to assist in anyway, just be polite and ask. As the islands offer so much, there is a broad scope on what to do there.
Where to stay
Honiara is the main gateway to the other islands so you will find a stay in the capital is needed to connect to the outer islands with flight schedules. This allows time to explore the city and surrounds, and really a stopover en-route is not enough time to take it all in. Here are some suggestions on places to stay.
Coral Sea Resort is one of the newest properties in Honiara, the Solomon Islands, conveniently located on the water’s edge of Town Ground, near Honiara CBD. A 20-minute transfer from Honiara International Airport or a 3-minute trip from the wharf, will have you relaxing at this entertainment mecca, linked with the Casino, while still offering the allure of the Pacific Seaside. The venue embodies the vibrant, urban and Solomon Islander spirits. Rooms at the Coral Sea Resort & Casino are divided into four categories and cater for all types of travellers, including the Coral Sea Villas, Seaview Suites, Long Stay Suites and Garden View Suites.
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Arrival at Fatboys brings you to Fatboys Resort, Bar & Restaurant, which is situated 100 metres out atop crystal clear waters and surrounding reef. Whilst at Fatboys Resort, it is hard not to become “Joe the Fatboy”. Enjoy an ice-cold Sol Brew beer, a plate of fresh crayfish pan fried in lime juice and butter, a game of pool, or simply kickback and be mesmerized by the myriad of tropical fish swimming underneath you. There are five bungalows that offer spectacular views of an early morning sunrise, watched straight from your bungalow. You really feel at home in your bungalow as it is constructed of traditional leaf and local hardwoods, which blend in with the magnificent surroundings. Featuring four private bungalows and one Beach-House each with large veranda’s capturing the seductive views of Solomon Islands famous crystal clear water and stunning natural scenery. All accommodation is situated on the water’s edge with a short stroll to Fatboys Restaurant & Bar located along our private jetty, 100m out over the reef. Guests do have to book a minimum of three nights to stay.
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Meaning ‘a place where the fish pass through’, Tavanipupu is a five-star Private Island Resort located in Marau Sound, Solomon Islands. An exciting 25 minutes east by plane from the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara and a short but scenic boat ride, Tavanipupu Private Island Resort is the South Pacific’s best kept secret. There are only a limited number of bungalows at Tavanipupu which keeps the place secluded and private. Each spacey bungalow overlooks the water, with king size beds protected by a mosquito net and fan cooled rooms. The bungalows are well vented and their high roofs built with traditional materials keeps them cool night and day. Their newest self-catering bungalow includes a deck built over the crystalline waters of the Coral Sea, complete with a kitchen, and separate bedroom and bathroom. The Royal Bungalow Suite features a king bed, expansive bathroom, private outdoor deck with shower, and sublime ocean and beach front view.
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What to do
The Solomon Islands offers so much to experience on land and under the ocean. You can be as adventurous as you dare or as chilled and relaxed as you please. There really is no limit to what you can experience in this incredible South Pacific jewel, so raw and natural.
Across the nearly 1000 islands that make up the Solomon Islands you will find fascinating history of WWII, cultural experiences that will have you living like a local, water based activities like fishing, surfing and diving, and some of the best island retreats to escape to and just relax and unwind.
Here is just a snapshot of some of the myriad activities on offer for your Solomon Islands escape:
Top 10 things to do/places to visit during your Solomon Islands holidays:
For more information on the Solomon Islands visit www.visitsolomons.com.sb