Leave the resorts behind and take to the lesser known islands of the South Pacific known as the Solomons. Trek through jungle-clad terrain scattered with WWII relics by day; snorkel along tropical reefs and after all that epic exploration – kick back in a hammock at a traditional bamboo bungalow. Share the local love for music and move to the high energy mix of Melanesian songs performed by an island church choir. Then, top it all off with an adventure to a remote beach, shrouded in dark mystique and discover how an old collection of human heads came to be stacked on the grounds at Skull Island!
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.
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.