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Solomon Islands Travel

Aside from the Solomon Islands providing tourists with some of the best scuba diving in the South Pacific, there are unlimited possibilities for trekking, kayaking, fishing, or just plain old relaxing. From the fascinating war remains around its Henderson Airport to its eco-resorts spread around Marovo Lagoon , travelers to these islands are sure to be charmed by this country's interesting history and warm hospitality.

Solomon Islands Travel

The Solomon Islands, the South Pacific's third largest archipelago, just one century ago was notorious for its violent past. Head-hunting, cannibalism, and skull worship were all a part of tradition. And just one decade ago, ethnic conflicts particularly in Guadalcanal and Malaita halted tourism significantly. Only recently have travelers begun to explore fully the vast riches of these islands. Made up of seven provinces, the Solomon Islands, are now perfectly safe to travel pretty much anywhere. The only region that requires a bit more vigilance and safety are the rural parts of Guadalcanal, but even there you can hire a guide to take you around villages.

Diving remains the primary purpose of travel to the Solomon Islands. There are hundreds of WWII wreck dives, among which Toa Maru ranks as one of the best wreck dives in the world. Other wreck dives can be found around the reefs near Roviana Lagoon near Gizo or off neighboring Lola Island . In addition, the Western Province have several new resorts like the Uepi Island Resort that cater exclusively to scuba divers. There are also plenty of live-aboard diving opportunities that offer several dives in a single day that include comfortable accommodations and food.

Solomon Islands travel

Water sports abound all over these islands. Surfing is finally coming into its own and booming particularly at Pailongge in Gizo. The Marovo Lagoon area is being developed for sea kayaking. F ishing is a major sport at the Zipolo Habu Resort on Lola Island near Munda , where boats troll the lagoon or open seas.

Other notable fishing areas are the Vonavona Lagoon where some of Solomon's top fishermen reside, or the coast of Gizo. And if relaxing is a sport, World Heritage site Lake Te'Nggano which spans over an immense130 square kilometers offers several lakeside accommodations for sunning and boating. The western end of the lake has hundreds of coral islets and swamps.

A popular activity is a boat trip from Honiara to Gizo which pass several romantic outer islands. Honiara hotels have regular performances by panpipe players, a traditional instrument in the Islands. Several hikers enjoy walking to Mataniko Falls from Honiara, which is more accessible with a local guide. After the boat ride to Gizo, travelers can spend a few breathtaking hours walking to Titiana . If hiking becomes your thing, then you might enjoy remote hikes on outer islands like Choiseul, Isabel, and Makira where you will likely discover you are the only tourist for miles.

If you're seeking a unique cultural experience, look no further than Malaita , where visitors can stay in villages and learn about local shark worshipping. Lola Island also has a skull shrine and ruins of a head-hunter's coral fort that are worth a visit. Locals continue to practice magic on these islands and continue to summon sharks as a part of their tradition. With its active underwater volcanoes and unique cultural past, the Solomon Islands is one of the few undiscovered gems for adventure seekers, curious history buffs, or travelers seeking natural beauty of the South Pacific.

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