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Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands

Etymology

It is believed that Papuan-speaking settlers began to arrive around 30,000 BC. Austronesian speakers arrived c. 4000 BC also bringing cultural elements such as the outrigger canoe. Between 1200 and 800 BC the ancestors of the Polynesians, the Lapita people, arrived from the Bismarck Archipelago with their characteristic ceramics. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Cowboy’s Grill Bar and Restaurant – Cowboy’s Grill Bar and Restaurant is the new “IT” place in Honiara. Come and enjoy a new dining experience with a western ambiance and a spectacular live band entertainment that will sure to compliment your every meal. [facebook]

SI League’s Pub – Leagues Pub overlooks the ocean:Your perfect place to watch the evening sunset or star gazing at night while enjoying a cold beer with Friends. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Connecting Singles – Connecting Singles is a 100% FREE online dating site where you can make friends and meet Solomon islands singles. Find an activity partner, new friends, a cool date or a soulmate, for a casual or long term relationship. Meet quality singles in your Solomon islands area or worldwide (US singles, Canada singles, UK singles, singles in Western Europe and Australia) looking for online dating, friendship, love, marriage, romance, or just someone to chat or hang out with. [connecting singles]

Love Awake – LoveAwake.com is a 100% free Solomon Islands dating site where you can make friends or find true love online. Join one of the best place for lonely people among other dating websites and meet attractive single men and women from any part of Solomon Islands. Meeting daters at our website is totally 100% free of charge. Put away your credit cards. You will definetly enjoy our free Solomon Islands singles community. [love awake]

One Love Net – OneLoveNet.com is the FREE online dating site & service where you can find singles, new friends and your “one love”. Search for and find a date, a friend, a soulmate, someone sharing the same interests as you, for a casual or long term relationship. Our dating website and online dating service is free to register and use, and it is growing every day. Add your profile, your photo and meet quality singles in Solomon Islands or anywhere in the world looking for online dating, fun, friendship, love, marriage, romance and more. [one love net]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Go Tours Travel – Go Tours Travel are the Solomon Islands Travel Specialists. Snorkel, fish, surf, dive, relax or visit WW2 sites. We have accommodation ranging from village stays right through to luxury beach front resorts and can tailor make your next Solomon package. [go tours travel]

Stride Travel – If you like being outdoors — whether it’s walking in the hills among spring wildflowers, camping by a mountain lake, listening to the sounds of monkeys howling in the jungle, or taking a hike in the desert at sunrise — guided tours are a great way to get you there, give you support as needed, and deepen your understanding of what you’re seeing and hearing in the natural world. And naturally, Stride can help you find the right path. [stridetravel]

Wilderness Solomons – From half hour walks along marked trails winding through lush rainforest and coral beaches to multi day guided hikes around jungle clad volcanic peaks, we can help you explore the real Melanesia and some of nature’s richest ecosystems. A day spent walking Gatokae with a dip in a cool mountain stream along the way, followed by a snorkel on a spectacular coral wall – you’ll really feel alive. [wilderness solomons]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Experience island life – Culturally speaking the Solomon Islands are fascinating. Though bound together by their shared maritime heritage, the various societies living on the archipelago differ wildly from island to island. As well as a taste of local life, a visit to the main islands of Choiseul, Guadalcanal, Malaita, New Georgia, San Cristobal and Santa Isabel offers a peek at the Solomon Islands’ colonial history. [world travel guide]

Explore the wildlife – Pack your binoculars because wildlife abounds on the Solomon Islands. Go in search of a range of reptiles (including turtles), as well as marsupials such as flying foxes (fruit bats), phalangers and opossums. The birdlife is also excellent. [world travel guide]

Grab a rod and go fishing – Try a spot of fishing in the Solomon Islands’ well-stocked waters. Enquiries may be made at the Point Cruz Yacht Club, which welcomes visitors. The bountiful waters surround the Solomons have well over 700 species of fish that include big game such as sailfish and marlin. [world travel guide]

Head to Honiara – Honiara, the capital city, is a fine place to while away a day or two. It has a pleasant museum, botanical gardens and Chinatown, and its strewn with relics from WWII. Notice boards indicate major battles and incidents that took place during the battle for Guadalcanal. Villages and scenic drives are within easy reach. [world travel guide]

Sample the local culture in Guadalcanal – Go on an excursion around Guadalcanal and other islands. Popular tours include the battlefields of WWII, the Betikama carving centre, and Alite and Laulasi villages on the island of Malaita, where shells are broken, rounded and, after further working, strung together. The strings of shells can be worn as bracelets, necklaces, belts and earrings. [world travel guide]

Take part in sports – A variety of sports are enjoyed on the Solomon Islands including rugby union and football. There is a national team for both sports. Other popular sports include futsal and beach football, which the Solomon Islands have excelled at in international competition level. [world travel guide]

Take the plunge and go diving – Much of the best land-based diving located in the Western Province on or near the islands of Gizo and New Georgia. Well-known dive sites in the area include Munda, on the Roviana Lagoon, 15 minutes by plane from Gizo; and Uepi Island, on the north side of New Georgia, across the famous Marovo Lagoon. Diving tours to the numerous WWII wrecks are also possible. [world travel guide]

Venture into the tropical rainforests – Tour the tropical rainforests that cover most of the archipelago and scale its verdant volcanoes. Exotic orchids, ferns and palms are widespread and butterflies are abundant. Got a fancy for reptiles? You’re in luck because there are more than 70 species in the jungle, as well as fruit bats. [world travel guide]

Festivals

Festivals

Christmas – On the 25 December, Christmas brings much joy to the people of the Solomon Islands. Most locals will move back to their home towns outside of Honiara, or visit relatives who live in the rural areas. Honiara becomes quiet for a few days. Nevertheless, churches and community halls usually hold an event or gathering on Christmas, so tourists shouldn’t feel left out. [iexplore]

Easter Celebrations – Easter is an important celebration in most areas of the Solomon Islands, especially in larger cities when Christianity is practiced by the majority of the population. Honiara usually hosts a fun run during this day, and going to Mass is a wonderful way to get involved with the people. [iexplore]

Festival of Pacific Arts – Held every four year, the Festival of Pacific Arts is hosted by a different Pacific country each time. The Solomon Islands hosted this festival in July 2012. The event highlights the best of the Pacific’s many cultures and the unique arts that stem from these. Auki, Gizo, and Honiara are the main hosts. [iexplore]

Honiara Marathon – In the month of September, Honiara will host a popular marathon. The event is organized by the local government, but is sponsored by the country’s only national carrier, Solomon Airlines. Many runners from all over the Pacific come to the capital for this run. [iexplore]

Independence Day – This is one of the most important days of the year for locals. Independence Day in the Solomon Islands occurs on July 7 each year. Basically, thousands of natives flock to the capital city, Honiara. Here, a range of parades, performances and celebrations are held. Tourists will need to book a hotel in advance if they are going to travel to the capital during Independence Day celebrations. [iexplore]

Lagoon Festival – Held in the month of October, the Lagoon Festival is a spectacular event which sees traditional canoe races and a host of other competitions take place. There is an open water swim, and the Tie Va Rani Triathlon is held too. [iexplore]

New Year’s Eve – Most of the celebrations for New Year are around Honiara. However, the resorts around the country, especially beach resorts, generally organize something for tourists. If visitors find themselves along Mendana Avenue in Honiara, they should keep an eye on personal possessions, particularly when a crowd is around. [iexplore]

Spear Dancing Festival – Tourists should head to Santa Catalina in the month of May, as this is when the Spear Dancing Festival is held annually. Spear dancing is an important cultural feature for natives from the Solomon Islands. The event is one of the more exciting cultural displays experienced throughout the year. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Taxis and Car Rental – Taxis are ubiquitous in the capital city of the Solomon Islands. Honiara is not an overly large urban area, but taxis are still the best way to get around. Outside of the capital city, taxis are found, but the island of Guadalcanal is certainly where most of the taxi services take place. Taxis can be hailed from the street, but it is much more convenient and safer to arrange taxi services from a hotel. [iexplore]

Trains and Buses – There is a very limited bus network on the archipelago of the Solomon Islands. Only the capital city has something that resembles a public bus network. This system operates minibuses throughout the capital. There is a flat fare rate for all passengers. However, outside of Honiara, minibuses transform into trucks which provide seating for passengers. Some areas even have trailer transportation. [iexplore]

Water Taxis – There are several ports of entry into the archipelago when entering by boat. Honiara, Gizo, Korovou, and Tulagi Island are some of the main ports. Inter-island ferries are available. Most can be found from Honiara’s wharf area. The MV Pelican Express is a reliable ferry service between Honiara and the Western Province, not to mention Malaita. [iexplore]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

IT Professionals Solomon Islands – This page provides opportunities for Solomon Islands IT Professionals to meet and network with others who share similar personal and professional interests while strengthening their Information Technology identities. [facebook]

National Professional Standards for Teachers- Solomon Islands – The National Professional Standards for Teachers set out what every teacher should know and be able to do, and the values and attitudes that all teachers should uphold. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in the Solomon Islands- Expat – Living in the Salomon Islands is the dream of many expatriates worldwide. The country comprised a dozen of main islands located in the Southwest of the Pacific Ocean. [expat]

Living in The Solomon Islands – Solomon Islands gives expats a number of attractions perhaps even as many as the numerous islands that make up the country. As the backdrop of World War 2, Solomon Islands was propelled into historical spotlight; the Battle of Guadalcanal marked the pages of history books as an important yet devastating campaign. However foreigners visit the country not to stare in awe of the remnants of war, but the natural beauty of the landscape and seascape, as well as pronounced cultural uniqueness of the peoples of the country. Here are some important information we thought you’d like to know. [expat woman]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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