The Solomon Islands are a well-kept secret. The country is known as one of the top dive destinations in the world. Its reefs are home to some of the world’s most colorful fish, rays and turtles. Even non-divers can explore the underwater world of the Solomon Islands just by snorkeling close to the shore line. Maritime attractions of a different kind are the large number of ship and plane wrecks scattered around the islands, all remains of World War II. The islands offer a large variety of other water sports activities such as surfing, game fishing or kayaking.
History buffs get excited by the number of sights or historical significance. The Solomon Islands were the setting for some of war’s fiercest and bloodiest battles. Tours of the sights and memorials are offered by local guides and include the American War Memorial at Skyline Ridge and the Japanese equivalent at nearby Mt Austin. The Vilu War Museum shows a collection of war memorabilia such as a wreckage of the Battle of Guadalcanal.
The soaring mist shrouded mountains and dense rainforests with waterfalls offer beautiful hiking trails and visitors are always welcome to the local villages. Some of the best hikes lead through heathen villages of Malaita Province, the rainforests of the West, or the volcanic Savo Island.