Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Overview

Solomon is an island country situated in the South Pacific Ocean. Its largest islands are Choiseul, Guadalcanal, Malaita, New Georgia, San Cristobal, and Santa Isabel. Its many other islands include Bellona, Rennell, and the Santa Cruz Islands.

The country’s largest islands are part of an island chain that is also called the Solomon Islands. But not all the islands in the chain belong to the country. Bougainville, Buka, and a few smaller islands in the northern part of the chain are part of Papua New Guinea.

The Solomon Islands lies about 1,000 miles north-east of Australia and spread over about 230,000 square miles of ocean. Volcanoes formed the country’s main islands. They are rugged, mountainous, and covered with tropical plants.

CLIMATE

Rainfall in the Solomon Islands varies from 60 to 200 inches annually. Temperatures range from 70 to 90 °F (21 to 32 °C).

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Honiara
POPULATION: 581,300
LANGUAGE: English
CURRENCY: Solomon Islands Dollar
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 230/240V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: SB
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +677
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +11

TRAVEL WARNING

There remains a risk of civil disturbance in Solomon Islands. In April 2006, political tensions in the Solomon Islands resulted in wide-scale civil unrest in Honiara. You should exercise caution and avoid unofficial public gatherings and large crowds and monitor local information sources.

If you are visiting, or are resident in the Solomon Islands, you should exercise caution at all times and maintain a high state of personal awareness. We strongly advise you to ensure that you are comfortable with, and regularly review your own and your family’s security arrangements. You should take up to date advice about day trips or travel around the area close to Honiara, refrain from travelling around Honiara at night and avoid public gatherings and large crowds.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk