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World War II and the Solomon Islands

The scene of some of the lengthiest and bloodiest fighting, World War II remains an integral and intriguing part of the history of the Solomons, from the day Allied Forces first arrived on 7 August 1942, through to the incredible story of the rescue of the then-future President John F Kennedy on 2 August 1943, thanks to local Solomon Islanders. The scars of battle, including remnants of equipment abandoned, have since become part of our islands' story, and part of the unique offering for visitors to our isles. From scenic memorials to abandoned tanks, shipwrecks, and untouched relics, discover a window into the past.

 

Hidden History in Paradise 

A legendary battle raged on the shores of the Solomon Islands. This area played a crucial role for the allied offensive against Japan during World War II still visible today.

JFK and Solomon Islands

Over 100 years from the birth of one of the most unlikely figures to have marked the history of the Solomon Islands – John F. Kennedy - we share the story of his rescue.

WWII Relics to Explore

For those who love history, Solomon Islands offers yet another great reason for a visit. It is home to the most amazing collection of war relics from the second World War. 

WWII ACTIVITIES IN THE SOLOMONS

Wreck Diving 

Diving opportunities in the Solomon Islands are world class. The WWII wrecks are a huge diving attraction. The Solomons were the setting for a pivotal point in WWII in the South Pacific and many diveable relics remain strewn across the sea floor.

Historical Sites

The people of the Solomon Islands share a diverse history and cultural background. War history is a very obvious and unique feature of the islands. The relics from Japanese and American Allied forces attract many visitors to historical sites.

Walking and Trekking

For those who love history, Solomon Islands offers yet another great reason for a visit. It is home to the most amazing collection of war relics from the 2nd World War. Not many know that Guadalcanal was the arena for the bloodiest battle in the Pacific.

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Travel Advice 

Find the latest information on Solomon Islands domestic and international travel.

Kennedy Island Swim

Taking place near Gizo in August, the race honours John F. Kennedy's 1943 rescue.

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View or download Battlefield tourism information from Tourism Solomons