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About Solomon Islands

In addition to the diving, the most memorable features of the Solomon Islands are the friendly people, the unspoiled natural beauty and their relaxed, unhurried way of life.

The Solomon Islands is the third-largest archipelago in the South Pacific. It covers an area of about 1.35 million square kilometres of sea. The six major islands form part of a scattered double chain of 922 islands, atolls and cays, which vary from large, rugged, heavily wooded and mountainous islands to low-lying coral atolls.

The Solomon Islands are located north east of Australia between 5 and 12 degrees south of the equator. They are three hours flying time from Brisbane.

Solomon Islanders number about 500,000 people from diverse cultures, including over 87 languages. English is the official language and is widely spoken and understood. Solomon Pidgin is the national language. Over 90% of the people are Melanesian. Polynesian and some Micronesians live on the outlying islands. A small minority of European, Chinese and others inhabit the main centres and resort locations.

Where are the Solomon Islands?The capital, and main entry point, is Honiara on the island of Guadalcanal. It is renowned as the scene of fierce battles during World War II, and the waters off Honiara are known as Iron Bottom Sound. A couple of days and dives spent exploring here is recommended as a complement a dive trip to Gizo.

The climate is tropically warm and humid with coastal day temperatures averaging 28C. April to November tends to be drier, and November to April wetter.

The Solomon Islands web site is a good source of further information.

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