Surfing on the Solomon Islands - Surf Camps, Surf Schools and Accommodation

Overview

The Solomon Islands are the third largest archipelago in the South Pacific.

Bordering  Papua New Guinea in the northwest and Vanuatu in the southeast, the the island nation consists of 999 islands, of which only about 345 are inhabited. The species-rich rain forests, waterfalls, lagoons, coral reefs and active volcanoes are just a few of its awe-inspiring attractions.

More than 4,500 plant species prosper on the island, most of which are orchids. The islands are also home to 130 different kinds of butterflies. The local population is very traditional. There is no television broadcaster on the island because the citizens believe that television destroys their culture.

Because of its unique disposition, the Solomon Islands are especially suited for adventurous people. 

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Climate

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 typically warm and tropical throughout the year. The rainy season lasts from November until April. Occasional cyclones can occur during these months although the islands are not directly located in their path.

The best time to travel to the Solomon Islands is from June to September, when the wind cools the temperature and the weather is dryer. 

Waves

The Solomon Islands are not a very popular surf destination yet; however, the islands have some world class waves and many surf spots waiting to be discovered. 

Best surfing season for beginners: From September to May

Best surfing season for advanced surfers: From June to October

Crowds: Slightly crowded in summer

Travel information

Solomon Airlines connects Honiara International Airport (HIR) with Nadi, Fiji, Port Vila, Vanuatu and Brisbane, Australia. Additionally Qantas, Air Caledonie, Air Nauru, Air Niugini, Air Pacific, Air Vanuatu, Royal Tongan Airlines and Polynesian Airlines fly to Honiara.

Keep in mind that flights depart only two to three times a week so be sure to plan your travel accordingly. There are more than 20 destinations that can be reached through domestic flights although many of these smaller airports have grass runways.

Ninety-five percent of the island’s roads are not fully developed, so people primarily drive trucks or mini vans on dirt roads.