A series of extraordinary adventures awaits you at Solomon Island. The natural landmark of Kolombangara should start off the experience with its perfect cone shape. Hiking this perfect cone is also another experience that shouldn’t be passed up. Cool down in the Mataniko falls which has a cave full of awesome stalagmites. If you wanted more water interaction, you could always snorkel with more than hundreds of sites in the lagoon and see the wonder of underwater. Lastly, the central market with the freshest catch every day guaranteed to keep you ready for another day of adventure.
Important and Interesting Facts about Solomon Islands
- The Solomon Islands is an island country located in the Pacific Ocean northeast of Australia.
- The Solomon Islands is an island-country situated in Melanesia,which falls to the east of Papua New Guinea.The country is made up of nearly one thousand islands, which together cover an area of approximately 28,400 square kilometers (10,965 sq miles).
- The capital of Solomon Islands is Honiara located on the island of Guadalcanal.
- The highest point is Mount Popomanaseu, located on the Guadacanal province at 2300 m making it an Ultra Peak (Ultra is short for ultra-prominent, the highest classification of mountain height.
- The natural resources are fish, forests, gold, bauxite, phosphates, lead, zinc and nickel.
- The major trading partners are China, Thailand, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Australia and Singapore.
- Mount Makarakomburu, situated on Guadalcanal Island, provides the highest point in Solomon Islands, at 2,447 m.
- Forming a scattered archipelago of mountainous islands and low-lying coral atolls, the Solomon Islands stretches about 900 miles in the south-easterly direction from the Shortlands Islands to the Santa Cruz islands.
- There are six major islands, Choisuel, Guadacanal, Malaita, Makira, New Georgia and Santa Isabel and approximately 992 small islands, atolls and reefs.
- The archipelago covers an area of 249,000 square nautical miles while the land area is 10,938 sq. miles (28,466 sq. km). The larger islands are characterized by thickly-forested mountain ranges intersected by deep, narrow valleys.
- Arnavon Islands serve as an important nesting area for endangered Hawksbill Turtles.
Cool, Funny, and Fun Facts about Solomon Islands
- The world’s largest salt water lagoon – Marovo Lagoon is situated in New Georgia, Solomon Islands.
- East Rennell of Solomon Islands is the largest raised coral atoll in the world.
- In other areas, family homes are made on artificial islands built over shallow shoals in a lagoon by gathering rocks and piling them together to make a “home over the sea.”
- Education is not compulsory, and many schools charge fees.
- Most people consider themselves to be part of an immediate family of 200 and can trace back their ancestors at least ten generation.
- The Pijin word “wantok” – which derives from “one talk” meaning people from the same language group – is used to indicate blood relatives in the extended family.
- Skull Island in Solomon Islands,is a small island located in VonaVona Lagoon that contains a headhunting shrine. The centerpiece of the shrine is an elaborately carved container that holds the skulls of the chiefs of the local village. Littered around the chief’s shrine are the skulls of the chiefs victims. A very eerie and interesting look into the headhunting days of the area. Its hard to get an accurate idea of when headhunting actually ended in the Solomons (if at all), but apparently it continued pretty widespread until about 40 years ago.
- Village breakfast may consist of the left-overs from last night’s meal.
- Where Solomon Island skinks will be found; Largest of all skinks with an olive green background with darker stripes vertically on the back, and has a grasping tail.
- There are nearly one thousand islands that form a part of Solomon Islands.
Historical and Cultural Facts about Solomon Islands
- The Solomon Islands became an independent island-country on 7th July 1978.
- It is thought that people have lived in the Solomon Islands since at least 2000 B.C.
- In 1886, Great Britain and Germany divided the islands between them, but later Britain was given control of the entire territory.
- United Kingdom’s protectorate over the Solomon Islands started in 1890s and ended in 1976, with attainment of self-governance by the latter.
- Melanesian people are believed to have inhabited Solomon Islands for thousands of years.
- Solomon Islands became an independent island-country on 7th July, 1978.
- The major industries are fish (tuna), mining and timber. Agriculture is cocoa, coconuts, palm kernels, rice, potatoes, timber cattle, pigs and fish. The Exports are timber, fish, copra and palm oil.
- Houses in towns usually take the form of the Western bungalow with three bedrooms on average. These are built mostly of cement and timber, with corrugated iron roofing. A kitchen and other convenient amenities are included therein. Often, however, the practice of having in-house toilets infracts the tradition, as still practiced in rural areas, of having separate toilets for men and women as a sign of deep respect for one’s siblings.
- In rural areas, large villages are often situated on tribal land. Villages comprise individual families placing their homes next to other relatives. There is usually a village quad (square) where children can play and meetings can be held. Sometimes, village squares are used for games consisting of intervillage competitions.
- Traditionally, yams, panas, and taros are the main staples in the Solomon Islands. These are usually eaten with fish and seashells, for those on the coast, or greens, snails, eels, and opossums, for those inland and in the mountains.
- Solomon Islanders do not use many spices in their cooking except for coconut milk.
- During harvesting seasons, breadfruits and ngali nuts are gathered, and eaten or traded.