The Solomon Islands has strong traditional cultures which vary from province to province. Handy information is provided to assist you in your travels.
The Solomon Islands is one hour ahead of Australian time. Population.- approximately 300,000. These are primarily Solomon Islanders, but also Melanesian, Polynesian, Gilbertese, most of whom are Christian.
Predominantly English speaking, although Melanesian Pidgin is spoken by locals.
Henderson Field Airport, eight kilometres from the capital Honiara. (SI$40.00 on departure).
International communication services are available in Honiara and in the main centres of the Solomon Islands. These include fax, telephone and email.
Visas are not required by visitors from Commonwealth countries, the United States, and other visitors who are in possession of onward bookings by air or sea, except for certain nationals of certain countries who require visas, even if in direct transit by air (detailed requirements can be checked with a British Embassy, Consulate, or High Commission, or direct with the Principle Immigration Officer, Hibiscus Avenue, Honiara, Solomon Islands).
Solomon Island Dollars (SI$). Banks in Honiara include Westpac, ANZ and the National Bank of the Solomon Islands. Most major credit cards are accepted at hotels and businesses in Honiara, but generally not in the outlying islands. Commerce in the native villages (for carvings, etc.) is conducted in Solomon Island dollars (SBD) or occasionally by barter. ATM facilities are also available.
Tropically warm and humid with coastal temperatures averaging 28 degrees Celsius.
Take along clothing which is light and airy. Preferably cottons. If you like, take along a sweater for the rare cool evening. Female dress should be modest in public areas.
Dental, medical and hospital services are available in main centres.
240 Volts AC power in Honiara and some outer islands centres.
Chloroquine resistant malaria exists in some regions. It is advisable to take anti-malarial medication during a stay and for four weeks after departure. Recommended immunizations are Hepatitis A, malaria, polio, tetanus, typhoid. A Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required if arriving within 6 days from or via infected areas. Boil or sterilize drinking water and milk. All food should be well cooked. We suggest you consult your doctor a few weeks in advance for the necessary medication or advice.
Solomon Star and selected overseas papers.
The Point Cruz Yacht Club and Honiara Golf Club, situated in Honiara, welcome overseas guests for drinks and light or main meals. For those looking for something more upbeat, there are several nightclubs in Honiara, The Warehouse, Club Marimba, Paradise Club, and VIP Club featuring DJ's and/or local and overseas bands.
Other activities include regular dances, film nights, sailing, boating, fishing and golf tournaments. Several casinos in Honiara cater for both the casual and serious punters who enjoy Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette and the famous Pacific Poker.
Not expected and not encouraged.