The Solomon Islands are located in the west pacific and border on Papua New Guinea in the northwest and on Vanuatu in the southeast.
The archipelago consists of 999 islands, of which only about 345 are inhabited. The species-rich rainforests, waterfalls, lagoons, coral reefs and the active volcanoes are just a few of its attractions.
More than 4500 plant species prosper on the island, most of them are orchids. Birds are less represented; however, 130 different kinds of butterflies exist on the Solomon Islands.
The habitants are very tradition-conscious. Hence, there is for example no television broadcaster situated on the island, because the citizens are convinced that television destroys their culture.
So the Solomon Islands are especially suited for adventurous people.
Like most of the island groups in the South Pacific, the climate of the Solomon Islands is contingent on the trade winds.
The climate is pleasantly warm and tropic all-the-year. The rainy season lasts from November until April, whereas occasional cyclones could occur during these months. However, the Solomon Islands are not exactly located in their catchment area.
The best travelling time is from June to September, when the wind cools the temperature down comfortably and the weather is mainly dry.
As far as surfing is concerned, the Solomon Islands are not very popular.
Nevertheless, there are some spots which can be surfed, and many more awaiting to be discovered.
Best season for beginners: From September to May
Best season for advanced surfers: From June to October
Crowds: Slightly crowded in summer
Solomon Airlines connects Honiara (HIR) with Nadi on Fiji, Port Vila in Vanuatu and Brisbane in Australia. Additionally Qantas, Air Caledonie, Air Nauru, Air Niugini, Air Pacific, Air Vanuatu, Royal Tongan Airlines and Polynesian Airlines fly to Honiara.
However the flights depart only two to three times a week, therefore accurate travel planning is necessary.
Domestically, more then 20 destinations are being approached. Most of these airports have grass runways, though.
Further 95% of the roads are not fully developed; people drive trucks or mini vans on dirt roads.