That said, Intrepid can create tailor-made tours to many destinations, including the Solomon Islands. Our fully customised trips still offer the same small group experiences with local leaders, but made just the way you want it. Simply fill out your details on our Tailor-Made page and one of our travel specialists will be in touch.
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in the Solomon Islands you may find yourself staying in a:
Experience the welcoming hospitality of Solomon Islanders and stay in a traditionally designed leaf-house. Stay along the coast and be exposed to new culture and cuisine while lapping up island life at a secluded ecolodge.
Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.
Bargaining or tipping in restaurants and shops is not traditionally part of Melanesian culture in the Solomon Islands but if you receive good service you can consider a 10 per cent tip.
The Solomon Islands has several phone networks and good internet service available. Phone cards can be purchased throughout major centres and most hotels provide Wi-Fi. Check with your phone provider to find out if they offer mobile roaming in the Solomon Islands.
Local networks such as Telekom and Vodafone offer phone service in most areas. Global roaming with other networks may not work in the Solomon Islands. Check with your network provider.
It's likely that you’ll encounter different types of toilets while travelling in the Solomon Islands. Western-style flushable toilets are commonly found in high-end resorts, hotels and restaurants, while squat toilets are common in rural areas and homes. Be prepared by carrying your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren't always provided.
Local beer in a bar or restaurant = 30 SBD
Simple lunch = 100 SBD
Three-course meal = 500 SBD
Drinking tap water in the Solomon Islands isn’t recommended. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying small bottles of water and refill a reusable water bottle or canteen wherever you can. Check with your hotel and guide as to whether drinking water dispensers are available during your trip.
Credit cards are widely accepted at hotels and restaurants in the capital of Honiara and major towns.
You can find ANZ and Bank South Pacific (BSP) ATMS in Honiara, Munda, Auki and Gizo
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
For a current list of public holidays in the Solomon Islands go to:
Discretion is advised when visiting the Solomon Islands. Homosexuality is technically illegal (although this is rarely enforced) in many South Pacific countries. Excessive public displays of affection – both heterosexual and of any sexuality are frowned upon in most South Pacific societies.
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
In the Solomon Islands, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.