Spotlight on the Solomon Islands
If you’re dreaming of a tropical holiday filled with turquoise waters, pristine beaches and fabulous resorts, then the South Pacific is your ideal destination. And you’re not the only one – it’s estimated that over 390,000 Australians visited this region in 2014. This takes up a significant portion of the million plus cruisers that ventured out of Australia that year, making the South Pacific our country’s favourite holiday destination. Many people will think instantly of the wonders of coastal havens such as Fiji and Vanuatu, but there’s one untapped destination that will welcome eight cruise visits in 2016… the Solomon Islands!
This is double the number of cruise ships that stopped at the Solomon Islands in 2015. To get you ready, we’ve consulted our cruise experts and compiled a comprehensive list of what you should think about when travelling to this vibrant region.
When Should I Travel?
Thanks to its close proximity to the equator, the Solomon Islands enjoy pleasant temperatures all year round. The wet season runs from November to April and tends to feature higher temperatures and humidity, as well an increased chance of rain. You’ll find that more cruises tend to depart in the dry season, but itineraries are available at almost any point during the year.
Top Shore Excursions
Known as one of the wildest destinations in the South Pacific, the Solomon Islands offer a smorgasbord of interesting and exciting experiences for you to try.
- World War II heavily affected the Solomon Islands and today there are many relics for you to see. The capital island of Guadalcanal in particular has a scattering of interesting sites, including the graveyard from the Battle for Guadalcanal. There are also a number of significant battlefields and memorials that will surely appeal to history buffs.
- Diving is a popular pastime year-round thanks to the underwater landscape of the Solomon Islands. There are many world-class diving spots that feature marine biodiversity, coral reefs and submerged wrecks from World War II.
- For a taste of daily life, check out the local markets – the Central Market in Honiara is a favourite amongst travellers.
- Immerse yourself in the island culture – you may be able to book an excursion through your cruise company where you can view a traditional performance and join in on song and dance with the locals.
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What Should I Eat?
You’ll most likely enjoy a host of exciting culinary options on your ship, but you won’t be able to resist the offerings of the markets on shore! Many people enjoy the fresh fruit – especially bananas – as well as sweet coconut water.
Top Travel Tips
- English is the official language, but only a small percentage of the population of the Solomon Islands speak it. Most people speak Pijin, so be aware that language might be an issue in some cases.
- Bring a small first aid kit in case you fall sick – some commonly-found medications in Australia might not be available at your destination. Think about packing paracetamol, throat lozenges, antihistamines, and other handy items.
- Read up about the Solomon Islands’ war history, or book a tour, so that you get the most out of battle sites and other war relics.
You can book your cruise with one of our friendly experts by getting in touch on 1300 954 661.
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