Welkam to the Solomon Islands
A scattered archipelago of some 990-odd richly forested mountainous islands and low-lying coral atolls, the Solomon Islands has been attracting international tourism since 1568 when Spanish explorer Alvaro de Mendana first sailed into this tucked away corner of the South Pacific.
Little has changed since then and for the most part the ‘Hapi Islands’ and its quiet, reserved and very shy people – a mix of Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian cultures – offer a breathtakingly fresh alternative to those in search of a very different but highly rewarding travel experience in a truly unspoiled corner of the world.
Today World War II buffs and veterans and their families – mostly American and Japanese – SCUBA divers and surfers looking for the ultimate uncrowded wave, make up the bulk of the 25,000 or so international travellers who visit every year.
But the destination is fast attracting a brand new breed of travellers from around the world - family groups, honeymooners, sports fishermen, yachties, culture-lovers and simply those looking to make their own tracks.
The newly emerging, multi-faceted Solomon Islands can pretty much cater to every taste, desire and budget with its myriad choice of accommodation – from the ‘big gun’ hotels of the capital Honiara to luxury boutique resort accommodation, eco-lodges and home-stays dotted across the entire archipelago.
Best of all, and quite a surprise for many travellers, the Solomon Islands are very easy to reach – it takes just three hours to reach the Solomon Islands’ capital Honiara from Brisbane and Sydney flying a sleek Solomon Airlines Airbus A320 complete with full on- board service including meals, beverages and entertainment.
Flights: Webjet Servicing Fee: Domestic $21.95, NZ/Pacific $24.95, International $32.95. Booking Price Guarantee: Domestic $12.95, NZ/Pacific $14.95, International $21.95. Payment fees may apply to flights depending on your payment method.
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