Taking a trip to the Solomon Islands will be unlike any other vacation you’ve ever experienced. The people who inhabit the 6 major islands (out of over 900 islands) will welcome you into their natural paradise, complete with remnants from WWII, prime snorkeling destinations, sandy beaches, and dazzling lagoons. When visiting one of the last untouched destinations in the Pacific, here are 10 things to see and do.
1. See the Traditional Villages
The islands were first discovered by Spanish explorer Álvaro de Mendaña in 1568, but the Solomon Islands have been inhabited for thousands of years. Early historians believe the first Papuan-speaking settlers arrived at the islands around 30,000 BC, and many of the traditions of yesteryear are still practiced today. While visiting, you can experience firsthand how many of the islanders live. You may be surprised to see that they still adhere to traditional customs in their remote villages that are tucked away in various areas of the islands.
You can’t go wrong with whichever tour you choose, but travelers rave about the Kmaga Village experience. This tiny village is located on the Eastern coast of Santa Isabel – the first island to be discovered by the Europeans. During this tour, you’ll sleep in a beachfront bungalow and receive top-notch hospitality from the villages’ chief and local families.