Sitting upon the east of Papua New Guinea in Oceania and harbouring just over 600,000 inhabitants, the sovereign nation of the Solomon Islands is a place that you might be interested in if you like adventures. Consisting of six main islands and over 900 islets, it stretches over 28,400 square kilometres. Having been inhabited for thousands of years, the archipelago is a popular tourist destination for its calm nature and brilliant atmosphere – except for Honiara (the capital), but we’ll get to that (wink). So, without further dithering about, let us hop right in to the pros and cons of going there!
1. Language barriers:
So yes, the Solomon Islands nation is a country but it is by definition a constitutional monarchy having sworn fealty to the queen of the United Kingdom. What this inadvertently draws into the picture is the fact that the official language there is English. Language barriers are not likely to distract you, only if you are not that good at English.
As we may all know, the city of Honiara is the capital of the Solomon Islands and it is not a very inviting place to go to. Why? Well, simply because the crime rates there are sky-high. Common muggings, bag-snatchings, violent crimes, and even burglaries are everyday things there and you should steer clear of the place. If you do not visit the capital, you will not miss a thing; plus, you get to live and recount your experiences. Oh, and did we mention that the local ethnic groups often clash or riot? If nothing else, that should keep you away from Honiara.
We all like to curse sometimes – it is human nature to sometimes blow some steam off and get your explicit feelings out in the open. However, on the Solomon Islands archipelago such an act can land you in jail. It is a constitutional crime to curse there and you should avoid it at all costs. The best thing to do if you are tempted to let loose a couple of “intricate” words is to implode and stay silent.
Members of the LGBT community should be very careful as to how they visit the Solomon Islands as being gay there, for example, is a serious offence. People have ended up in jail for things as simple as holding hands, so be aware of that. Further public displays of affection between LGBT members are also discouraged as they may lead to unwanted attention and the aforementioned sanctions.
5. Diving and snorkelling:
Sitting deep within the bounds of the tropical climate zone, the Solomon Islands have brilliant diving and snorkelling opportunities. There are few places in the world with such underwater grandeur. Pack those equipment pieces and prepare for the dips of your lives. Oh, but keep an eye out steering clear of Honiara, as even yachts and boats have been raided in the vicinity. The best thing to do to avoid your goods being stolen is to dive and/or snorkel near the fringe islands.
Between the months November and May tropical cyclones are a thing on the Solomon Islands. What this means is heavy rains, flooding, and structural damage – checking the forecast has never been so vital. Additionally, know that this tropical paradise is one of the rainiest places in the world. Though the downpours often hit you with warm water, they should be kept a close eye on!
Did you enjoy our list? What experiences have you had on the Solomon Islands and what lasting impressions have they left you with? Would you travel there again, were you given the chance? Tell us all about it in the comment section below and be sure to check back for some exciting new updates and articles from time to time. Safe travels and tranquil roads!