The Solomon Islands: Reefs & Volcanoes

Countless atolls make up the Solomon Islands. Covering 28,400km to the east of Papua New Guinea and grouped into 9 regions, each isle has their own government, customs and characteristics. Exceptionally good conditions prevail for snorkelling and diving, the clear azure waters teem with fascinating marine life. 

Amongst the many archipelagos, the New Georgia Islands, are a stand-out. Surrounded by huge coral reefs packed with diverse marine species, they also boast the largest saltwater lagoon in the world: Marovo lagoon. The ethnic groups of the Solomon Islands reflect the natural division of the islands, with over 70 languages spoken and local tribal culture dictating tradition. The wonderfully warm and curious natives will welcome you, always keen to demonstrate local crafts and encourage the purchase of their produce.

 

The archipelago consists of distinct ecological regions, both varied and fascinating.The rain forests are a stand-out, their rich volcanic soils bringing life to a stunning variety of orchids and tropical flowers that pepper the landscape with colour. The islands contain several active and dormant volcanoes offering great hiking opportunities as well as a great showcase for geothermal activities. The Solomon islands are a perfect yacht charter destination for those looking to escape city life and witness the extraordinary in one of the most charming places on earth.


When to go

April/May to mid-January

High season

June to August

Highlights

1

Grand Central Station at Njari Island teems with fish life - sharks, Trevally and Batfish - the record is 270 different species spotted in a single dive

2

Cruise to the Arnavon Islands in Isabel Province; a crucial nesting area for endangered Hawksbill turtles

3

Mount Popomanaseu, on Guadacana, is an ultra-peak (highest mountain classification) at 2,300m - a picture-perfect photo opportunity

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