The Solomon Islands is an archipelago of rainforest-clad mountainous islands and low-lying coral atolls. Development is limited, and many of the dive resorts are very remote.
The Solomon Islands offer extraordinary diving opportunities. The surrounding crystal clear waters offer prolific marine life, home to great varieties of fish and corals. These islands were the sites of many WWII battles and there are some outstanding wreck dives.
Entry Requirements: Australian passport holders require a valid passport with a validity of at least 6 months beyond their intended stay. All travellers must have return or onward tickets and sufficient funds for their stay. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.
Money: The Solomon Island Dollar (SBD) is the unit of currency. One Australian Dollar is worth approximately 6 Solomon Island Dollars.
Language: The official language is English, with Pidgin and about 87 Melanesian dialects also spoken throughout the country.
Electricity: 220-240V and uses the Australian plug type.
Time Zone: GMT + 11 (1 hour ahead of Sydney)
Clothing: Light casual clothing is recommended. Women should dress modestly in public places.
Climate: The Solomon Islands lie in the tropics and enjoy a year round temperature of 27-29°C.
Water Temperature: The water is a comfortable average of 29°C year round.
Departure Tax: None at 1 July 2012.
Tipping: Tipping is not a Solomon Island custom and visitors are asked to refrain from doing so.
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