Most visitors arrive in the Solomon Islands via the capital Honiara on Guadalcanal island where history and tradition is very much evident. However it’s the pristine reefs and wrecks of the western and central provinces that divers and snorkellers aspire to visit.
With a total population of 300,000 there are very few cities and most people still live a very basic life in the villages. Tourism is only starting to discover this precious part of the Pacific. Travelling to the Solomon Islands remains an adventure even today, but those who make the effort will not be disappointed. The islands have a well-deserved reputation as being amongst the world’s best destinations for scuba divers and snorkellers. The archipelago of 992 tropical is divided into nine provinces. Exotic local customs and traditions remain a very important part of life for Solomon Islanders.
The Solomon’s played a strategic role during World War ll, and this is born out by the number of naval wrecks in the deep waters of Iron Bottom Sound. The walls, reefs, pinnacles and coral gardens are what many divers come to the Solomon’s to enjoy. Brilliant soft and hard corals, huge sea fans and a world of pelagics, as well as many unidentified species of reef fish make diving in the Solomon’s an adventure you won’t forget.
Liveaboards offer the best dive sites from secluded islands whilst the resorts offer divers spectacular adventures in the western province including Gizo, Munda and Marovo Lagoon. The equatorial climate sees an average temperature of 27C year round and the dry season months are May to October.
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