Tropically warm and humid with coast day temperatures averaging 28°c and
water temperature 28-31°c.
April to November tends to be drier, and November to April wetter.
What to Wear
Light and casual. Bring a light sweater for cooler evenings. Shorts
and tee-shirt for swimwear are the order of the day on Lalae. Wide
brim hat is recommended along with sunscreen. For visiting villages,
ladies need to "cover up" with a lava-lava/sarong and a shirt.
Commonwealth, United States and most West European visitors to not need
holiday visas but must have a return or onward ticket. People
intending to work must have a work permit.
SBD$40 payable by passengers boarding international flights.
Malaria is present in Solomon Islands. Consult your doctor at least 2 weeks prior
to departure about an appropriate brand of anti-malarial medication. The
best way to avoid Malaria is not to get bitten. This means repellent all
day, especially around dusk. Lalae carries a first aid kit comprehensive
enough to cover most situations.
$50, $20, $10, $5 and $2 Solomon Island notes; coins are $1, 50c, 20c, 10c,
Government and some business offices are open Monday to Friday, 8am to
4:30pm with a one hour lunch break normally beginning at noon. Shops and
some offices open Saturdays 8am to noon.
National Bank of Solomon Islands, ANZ Banking Group, Westpac are open Monday
to Friday 8:30am to 3pm. ATM's are available at some branches.
Local, trunk and international calls may be made from public card phones
which are in prominent locations in Honiara and provincial centres.
Telephone cards are readily available though shops, hotels and Telekom
offices. Telekom also provides facsimile, and other services from it's
Taxis and buses are a great way to get around Honiara and are readily
available or you can rent a car from Budget.
240 volts in Honiara and some outer island centres.
Television and Newspapers
The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation broadcasts daily in English and
Pidgin. ZFM 100, WAN FM and Paoa FM have a mix of local, regional and
international music and news.
is broadcast on a daily basis in Honiara only. The Solomon Star Newspaper is
available weekdays and features both local and international news.
The Solomon Islands was the site of some of the most fierce fighting in the
Pacific Theatre during WWII. As a result the islands are littered with
both land and sea based relics. Solomon Islands law forbids unauthorised
export of war relics retrieved from either land sites or sunken wrecks. Consult
the National Museum of Solomon Islands for advice.
You are travelling well
off the beaten track, travel insurance is highly recommended.