The Solomon Islands are an archipelago off the coast of Papua New Guinea. They’re a part of the Melanesian islands and have a strategic location within the South Pacific. They’re an fascinating vacation spot to travel to for the adventurous (eco) traveler. Just lately I had the posh to discover this nation (my 72th), together with 7 days in Vanuatu, after a enterprise journey in Singapore. The next Solomon Islands itinerary exhibits you its distinctive native tradition, WWII historical past and the diving/snorkeling its well-known for. It’s only a week and doesn’t cowl every single island however in case you have only a week this Solomon Islands itinerary is the one to comply with. I’ll first cowl some planning tips earlier than moving into element. I’m positive this Solomon Islands itinerary will make it easier to plan your journey.
- 1 Planning a Solomon Islands journey
- 2 Solomon Islands itinerary day 1: arrival
- 3 Solomon Islands itinerary day 2: Honiara / Guadalcanal land day tour
- 4 Solomon Islands itinerary day three: Diving/snorkeling on Guadalcanal
- 5 Solomon Islands itinerary day four: To Munda (New Georgia) and diving
- 6 Solomon Islands itinerary day 5: Cranium island & WWII tour Munda
- 7 Solomon Islands itinerary day 6: Savo Island day tour
- 8 Solomon Islands itinerary day 7: departure
- 9 The way to prolong this Solomon Islands itinerary
- 10 Gallery Solomon Islands itinerary
Planning a Solomon Islands journey
The Solomon Islands are distant and off the crushed monitor however that’s additionally the allure of those islands. There are simply 2-three methods to get to the Solomon Islands until you’re already hopping different islands which provides a couple of extra connections. Needless to say the flights don’t go daily, so you should plan rigorously. All flight recommendations under may change unnoticed. I like to recommend flying Solomon Airways; what’s higher as flying the nationwide service?
Flights to the Solomon Islands
- From Australia: Solomon Airways flies from Brisbane and Sydney direct to Honiara Worldwide Airport. There are plans to combine this with Munda Worldwide Airport (on New Georgia Island) right into a triangle flight someplace throughout 2018. Nauru Airways and Virgin Australia fly additionally from Brisbane.
- From Fiji: Solomon Airways, Fiji Airways and Air Niugini fly from Nadi to Honiara Worldwide Airport. In case you’re coming from the US, that is in all probability the most effective connection level.
- From Papua New Guinea: Air Niugini flies from Papua New Guinea to Honiara Worldwide Airport (and continues to Nadi). You’ll be able to, as I did, go from Papua New Guinea to Singapore (on my return flight) for additional connections. Europeans greatest take the route via Singapore and Papua New Guinea because it’s the quickest route. When you’re in Singapore mix a visit with a Thailand itinerary, Vietnam itinerary or from Papue New Guinea you may as well fly to Indonesia for a street journey.
- From Nauru or Vanuatu: Nauru Airways has a connection to Nauru and Air Vanuatu has a connection to Port Vila in Vanuatu. I arrived in Solomon Islands from Vanuatu as I did a 7-day journey in Vanuatu previous to this journey.
Getting across the Solomon Islands
Inside the Solomon Islands itself you’ll have to take home flights with Solomon Airways to the varied islands. Flights don’t go every day and a few routes simply a few times every week so plan rigorously your journey by writing down a matrix and see what probably the most environment friendly approach is to travel round. I already did that for you on this Solomon Islands itinerary however, in fact, every week isn’t sufficient to see every island. It’s potential to succeed in a number of islands by boat as nicely if they don’t seem to be that far aside.
Getting round on the varied islands is sort of simple. The bigger islands have automotive or scooter leases. When you don’t need to drive your self tour businesses can take you round too. Should you need assistance simply ask the locals or the Solomon Islands Guests Bureau as they’re very educated and can aid you out if wanted. Now, lets take a look the place I went!
Solomon Islands itinerary day 1: arrival
I departed Vanuatu late morning on a direct Solomon Airways flight to Honiara. Throughout this 2-hour flight I used to be served a scrumptious lunch. In Honiara the immigration was fast and with out problem. I didn’t want any visa however do examine in case you want one on your nationality. Visitors between the airport and downtown Honiara is dangerous and despite the fact that it’s simply over 10 kilometers it took over an hour by automotive. After I checked in on the Heritage Park Lodge I walked to the Solomon Islands Guests Bureau. I double checked opening occasions and organized transport for a number of the subsequent days to finalize my Solomon Islands itinerary. They will set you up with native tour businesses the place wanted. The rest of the day I simply relaxed on the pool of the Heritage Park Lodge.
Solomon Islands itinerary day 2: Honiara / Guadalcanal land day tour
A land tour on Guadalcanal is a should-do because it exhibits the WWII historical past and native tradition. This tour is greatest finished by automotive or motorcycle however may also be organized via a tour company when you don’t need to drive your self. I like to recommend beginning on the native cultural village the place locals present their native customs. Ensure to examine with the customer’s bureau to make an appointment there as they don’t seem to be open each single day. A go to takes about an hour or perhaps two. I continued 24 kilometers west alongside the coastal street to the Vilu Warfare Museum. This open-air museum has numerous planes, cannons, and different artifacts from WWII on show. I need to say their gadgets are properly preserved and there are rather more in comparison with these I noticed on Yap a yr earlier once I was hopping island within the northern Pacific.
I then backtracked to Honiara for lunch and visited the Nationwide Museum. The Nationwide Museum explains the historical past of the Solomon Islands from the time the primary settlers arrived centuries in the past. Should you wish to eat like an area I like to recommend stopping at one of many many meals stalls alongside the street.
After lunch I continued east alongside the coastal street to Tetere Seashore. Right here, American troopers landed on the seashore throughout World Warfare II. The locals have collected a big assortment of amphibious automobiles, ammunition, and different WWII artifacts that are displayed on the Tetere Seashore WWII Museum. Visiting such a historic website is one factor however you’ll additionally see plenty of locals doing their factor. That’s one thing I like; simply driving round and watching individuals doing their factor. I didn’t have time today for the Japanese and American Struggle Memorials as I left a bit late within the morning. I visited these after the snorkeling tour on day three of this Solomon Islands itinerary.
Solomon Islands itinerary day three: Diving/snorkeling on Guadalcanal
One drawback of hopping islands by aircraft is that it’s troublesome to go diving because of the reality you possibly can’t fly the subsequent 24 hours. The Solomon Islands are world well-known for his or her diving spots. I used to be capable of go diving the subsequent day on Munda! On Guadalcanal Tulagi Dive took me to Bonegi seashore (spot 1 and a couple of) for snorkeling. At Bonegi 2 there’s lovely shallow reef, good for snorkeling however the wreck isn’t seen because it’s too deep. The subsequent spot, Bonegi 1, is a lot better for snorkeling because the wreck is partially above water. I got here throughout a stone fish there (see final photograph of the article) which jogged my memory once more that reef footwear are crucial. You don’t need to step on a type of and get stung by its toxic spines. I additionally shot my greatest clownfish photograph ever! I had a good time with Tulagi Dive at Bonegi seashore.
EXTEND YOUR TRIP: If you wish to add one other day to your Solomon Islands itinerary I recommend going to Tulagi Island. There are a number of nice spots, together with wrecks, to go diving and/or snorkeling too. Ask on the harbor for a ship transport.
Solomon Islands itinerary day four: To Munda (New Georgia) and diving
Munda is situated on New Georgia Island which is only a 45-minute flight from Honiara. I boarded a Solomon Airways Dash9 (see photograph above) early morning. The flight was a mixed flight to Gizo, so it had a brief cease there. From Gizo to Munda was only a 12-minute flight which can assist break my 97 flight in a yr document. In Munda I like to recommend staying on the Agnes Gateway Lodge which is only a 5-minute stroll from the airport.
After lunch I went diving with Dive Munda which is situated inside the Agnes Gateway Lodge. I used to be one on one with an teacher as I haven’t completed my license but. He was very skilled and after I confirmed him I do know the fundamentals we began the primary dive. The primary dive was in shallow (12-14 meters deep) reef and lasted about 50 minutes. A small snack was served on a small uninhabited island earlier than heading to the subsequent dive spot. Right here I noticed some turtles!
The rest of the day I simply relaxed on the terrace of the Agnes Gateway Lodge with a chilly beer in my hand wanting on the ocean. It was a luxurious to be there!
Learn all about diving in Munda on this day journey report:
SOLOMON ISLANDS – World class diving with Dive Munda & an Agnes Gateway Lodge keep
Solomon Islands itinerary day 5: Cranium island & WWII tour Munda
New Georgia isn’t all about diving. A go to to Cranium Island can also be a should-do journey. After breakfast on the Agnes Gateway Lodge the employees organized a ship tour to Cranium Islands. Cranium Island is a sanctuary the place you possibly can see the skulls of tribal chiefs and different essential individuals. It’s an fascinating and distinctive place to go to. It began pouring rain on the best way again to Munda however fortunately the sky cleared a bit for the WWII tour.
New Georgia noticed some fierce battles throughout WWII and is house to varied WWII relics of which two are simply reached from Munda. I began on the Peter Joseph WWII Museum which is known as after Peter Joseph, the identify on the primary canine tag discovered by the proprietor of the museum. The museum is small, however it has plenty of gadgets. After the museum I went to some anti-plane canons close to the airport. I might have liked so as to add extra days in Munda to my Solomon Islands itinerary, however I didn’t have the time. Within the afternoon I flew again to Honiara once more with a cease in Gizo.
EXTEND YOUR TRIP: Tetepare island is understood of its indigenous wildlife and a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Website. You have to add 2 or perhaps three days to this Solomon Islands itinerary to go to the island. Across the island there are additionally a number of extra diving spots value testing.
Solomon Islands itinerary day 6: Savo Island day tour
Savo Island is a small lovely, automotive free, island an hour away from Guadalcanal by speedboat. Savo Island is understood for megapodes. These birds lay eggs early morning on the seashore which the islanders then acquire. If you wish to see the megapodes you have to go at sundown which is nearly unattainable when you go on a day journey. I recommend extending this Solomon Island itinerary by a day and keep in a single day on the Sundown Lodge. A visit to Savo Islands is greatest organized via the Solomon Islands Guests Bureau. Different actions embrace dolphin watching, climbing a volcano, and mountaineering to a waterfall. I simply relaxed all day at Sundown Lodge and went snorkeling simply in entrance of the seashore. A Savo Island day journey is a should-do, it’s so enjoyable!
Solomon Islands itinerary day 7: departure
Each journey involves an and so did my journey to the Solomon Islands. I had a powerful time on this distant and of the crushed monitor nation. I needed to get again to Europe so I booked flights with Air Niugini to Singapore with a cease in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea). This was a day flight and I really like day flights. In Singapore I had a one-night time keep as a safety in case of delayed flights. It’s all the time a clever concept in case you fly on separate tickets, particularly on routes which have only one a flight a day, so as to add a day as a safety to not miss connecting flights. Needless to say separate tickets means the airline isn’t chargeable for delays on additional flights. A day in Singapore is all the time a good suggestion too.
The way to prolong this Solomon Islands itinerary
This Solomon Islands itinerary doesn’t embrace each single island of the Solomon Islands. There’s a lot extra! I already gave a number of choices on extending your journey. Personally, the next two locations are on my want listing if I return to the Solomon Islands.
- Rennel Island: Rennel Island is the tallest atoll on the planet and a UNESCO World Heritage Website. It has an enormous lake with endemic wildlife together with many birds. To go to Rennel Island you want a minimum of three days potential four. Examine with the guests’ bureau to plan a visit and e-book native lodges. It’s actually off the crushed monitor!
- Tetepare Island: I already talked about this island earlier. It’s a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Website. Photographing the distinctive endemic species there’s excessive on my bucket record. To go there you additionally want 2-four days.
Including simply these two websites to this Solomon Islands itinerary will prolong it by every week. I hope to return in the future and mix my subsequent go to with a aspect journey to Nauru. Nauru for some cause actually intrigues me.
If the above ideas for a Solomon Island itinerary aren’t sufficient then I like to recommend checking the Solomon Islands Guests Bureau web site for extra info. There’s a lot to do!
I had a good time travelling the Solomon Islands and I hope to return someday quickly. I mixed my go to with a 7-day Vanuatu itinerary which was a logical selection for a European. It’s distant and never the simplest place to get to. If you wish to prolong your journey I like to recommend studying my northern Pacific Island-hopping itinerary as properly. With a flight or two that itinerary might be added to this Solomon Island itinerary with out drawback. I’m positive you’ll have an superior time too!
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