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Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands is a large archipelago and consists of six larger islands and just over 900 smaller ones. Spread over a large area northeast of Australia, the country became independent only in 1976. The country has a lot of history from the Second World War where the Battle of Guadalcanal became a turning point in the war and many remains from the war still exist today. There are wrecks from the surface down to several thousand meters deep and also on land there are remains from the war. Here you will fly to the capital Honiara from Papua New Guinea, (PNG), Fiji, Australia or Vanuatu where the most frequent route is from Brisbane in Australia.

Overnight on the way will be necessary no matter what route you choose.
Domestic in the Solomon Islands, you can then go with Solomon Air.
 
Tourism is largely lacking in the country but there are liveaboard and dive resorts. With just under 30,000 tourists a year, it is still one of the world's least visited countries. The islands diving has much to offer, fantastic corals, wrecks, caves, large and small, wall diving with gorgonians and black coral that few places in the world can compete with. Sharks are common as well as rays and shoals with barracudas, tuna, spadefish and even turtles as are dolphins. If you go with a liveaboard you have the opportunity to see greater variety of dive sites but no matter where you choose to go you will get fantastic diving and where it is really far between the tourists.

Several good dive resorts are available and some of them can offer really world class diving. How about for example having the opportunity to see different reef sharks and hammerhead sharks sometimes on the house reef ??

This is a very special destination for those who have been diving for a while and want to experience something new. It takes a few days just to get here and the diving can sometimes be challenging with strong currents and wall dives that require good buoyancy. However, the experience of being here and meeting the locals and the culture are at least as exciting and fascinating as the diving.

Travel information Solomon Islands

  • Time zone: +11 GMT
  • Currency: Solomon Islands-Dollar
  • Language: English is officially the main language, there are some 60 languages ​​but in common is Pijin (lingua franca) as cohesive language.
  • Water: It is possible to drink tap water and ice made on tap water but water from a bottle is available for purchase.
  • Visa: Not needed for travelers from EU-countries.
  • Health: Please contact you nearest vaccination for advice. 
  • Recompression chamber: There are recompression chambers in Honiara and Port Moresby (PNG) but they are operated on a voluntary basis. The closest reliable pressure chambers are located in Townsville, Australia. Helicopter will cost you at least USD $ 30,000 so it is a costly story, make sure to have insurance that covers this. 
  • Country code: +677
  • Electricity: Standard 220V / 50 Hz, Australian wall socket, bring adapter.

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