Balalae, Western Province
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Balalae Island (or Ballalae/Ballali) is part of the Shortland Islands Group in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. The flight from Honiara to Ballalae airport takes approximately 2 hour and 30 minutes via Gizo. Balalae is a key part of the country’s history with several World War II wrecks and has heavily influenced the life and history of the people of the region. Balalae Island has left with more than forty Japanese aircraft shot down by Australia, New Zealand and American marines during the war from 1942.
Balalae Airport (BAS)
Twin otter (DH6)
Boat transfers from Balalae Airport are available from local operators on arrival.
97,197 (estimated census 2019)
The main industries for Balalae are fishing, timber milling and farming.
No police station in Balalae Island, only in Gizo township.
Main transport option is boat.
There are no taxis available in Balalae.
Broadband and dial-up services are available in Balalae.
Mobile phones and SIM cards are available from the Telekom office in Gizo Township.
No ATM on Balalae. BSP Agent and Go Money is available.