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The Solomon Islands are located in Oceania and comprise six major islands and hundreds of smaller islands. These islands are well known for their virgin landscapes of lush rainforests, volcanic terrain and rich underwater world, which are a delight to explore. The ancient Melanesian culture of the land is still thriving and you can admire their colourful dance performances and traditional lifestyle. There are smaller groups of Polynesians, Micronesians and other ethnic groups as well, adding to the cultural diversity of the Solomon Islands.
The capital Honiara is set in the archipelago’s largest island Guadalcanal and contains various historical sites. The US War Memorial with its marble slabs narrating the Guadalcanal Campaign during WWII, is located overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You can also visit the National Museum and the WWII Museum to learn more about the Solomon Islands’ history and culture. Just 12 km away from the city lies the Bonegi beach, off the coast of which lies the wrecks of two Japanese vessels. It is a popular spot for diving and snorkelling. Hiking to the 63 metre tall Tenaru waterfalls or the stunning Mataniko Falls are the other highlights of Guadalcanal.
North-east of Gudalcanal lies the Malaita island with Auki, its main town and charming villages like Gwaunau’ru and Lilisiana. Near Auki, lies the natural lagoon, Langa Langa, known for its artificial islands that are made of corals and stones. Other attractions in the island include the Osi Lake which is popular for seabird colonies, the Kwaibala Waterfall with swimmable pools and the Riba Cave which has huge chambers and an underground river.
The Marovo island is home to the Marovo lagoon which has huge schools of colourful fishes, rich corals and shipwrecks, making it a paradise for underwater exploration. The nearby Tetepare island is an excellent ecotourism destination and is covered by dense rainforests. It offers numerous activities like snorkeling, birdwatching and crocodile spotting. Climbing the Kolombangara volcano in Kolombangara island and relaxing on the white sand beaches in Mbabanga Island are other popular things to do in the Solomon Islands.
The best feature of the Solomon Islands is how the natural environment has largely remained untouched through the centuries. The natural ecosystems are intact and are a dreamland for nature lovers to tread on. Along with its unique culture and excellent native seafood cuisine, the Solomon Islands pack together an exciting and promising travel package.
Honiara has several WWII relics scattered throughout the town.