Solomon Islands Travel Tips
Entry & Visa Requirements
Currently, people who hold a British, commonwealth, and E.E.C passport do not need to organise visas before entry.
Medical & Health Requirements
There is a recompression chamber in Honiara. Take heed of any anti-malaria precautions as the Solomon Islands are affected by malaria. Dentists, doctors and hospital facilities are in every town. Make sure you have medical insurance for you trip and please consult with your doctor for the best precautions to be taken. (for more information contact Travel Vax on 1300 360 164).
1 AUD = 6.5 Solomon Dollars, however as always this is subject to change, make sure you check before leaving on your trip. Most major credit cards are accepted at most hotels.
The maximum allowance of duty free product is 250grams of tobacco, and 2 litres of spirits or equivalent.
The peak time to visit the Solomon Islands is from April to November as the climate ranges from daytime temperatures of 29 degrees to evening temperatures of 19 degrees. There is very little rain, and Solomon Islands are considered a yearlong destination.
Due to the temperatures it is best to have light clothing, however in public places it is considered inappropriate to be too bare due to cultural influences. At night, mosquitoes are around so light cotton clothing is best to prevent any bites. Also clothing to protect you from the sun is a must as well as an SPF 30+ sunscreen.
The electricity voltage is the same as Australia at 240 volts, plug 1. However it cannot be counted on that all islands have electricity and may at times be erratic.
Trading banks are ANZ, Westpac and Bank of the South Pacific. If traveling to the remote outer islands, it is best to change travellers cheques and/or cash first. Some tourist facilities charge a 5% surcharge. There are banks in Honiara and Gizo and an ATM at Munda Post Office. Banking hours on the mainland are 8.30am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday.
Predominately English speaking throughout although Melanesian pidgin is spoken by locals.
There is a Christian influence, however many indigenous religious customs remain in the more remote islands.
drinking bottled water is recommended as the tap water cannot be guaranteed to be safe.
Shops are open from 8am to 12 noon with a one hour siesta break and then resume from 1pm to 4.30pm. You can purchase beautiful woodwork, mother of pearl items, jewellery made from shell and hand woven baskets. The local markets are open most days and you can buy flowers, fruit, vegetables, and handicrafts.
Tipping is not considered a common practice and is best avoided, however bargaining is perfectly allowed.
There is currently no locally paid departure taxes for the Solomon Islands.