C/- PO Box 149
Mt Eliza 3930
Tel.: +61 3 9787 7904
Fax.: +61 3 9787 5904
Our resort offers excellent accommodations and diving
in an uncrowded atmosphere. Uepi diving offers the unique
opportunity of diving walls, reefs, coral gardens and
wrecks which are only minutes away from the dive shop.
About Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands archipelago is scattered in the southwestern
Pacific, east of Papua New Guinea. The group comprises
most of the Solomon Islands (those in the northwest
are part of Papua New Guinea), the Ontong Java Islands,
Rennell Island and the Santa Cruz Islands, which lie
further to the east. The capital, Honiara, is situated
on Guadalcanal Island, which also has the highest mountain,
Mount Makarakombu, at 8028ft (2447m). Guadalcanal, Malaita,
Choiseul, New Georgia, San Cristobal and Santa Isabel
are the main islands.
are 87 different languages and a wide variety of different
traditions. The Solomons have over 350,000 people most
of whom live in small villages. These beautiful islands
were the scene of ferocious fighting during World War
2 and relics of that horrible event litter the sites
of conflict. Guadalcanal is where some of the most vicious
fighting took place, but today is peaceful and beautiful.
Honiara, the capital, has about 35,000 people. It was
built after the war near the American base whose quonset
huts still occupy the peninsula.
Solomon Islands are a newly discovered Mecca for scuba
divers, with hundreds of islands and coral reefs, many
of which have never seen a diver. The enormous variety
and numbers of marine species, along with sunken WW
II ships and aircraft, have made this region one of
the world's top dive locations. Some of the sites can
be dived from the shore, while many others are reached
from well-appointed live-aboard vessels operating in
the islands. The 82-85F (28-30C ) water temperatures,
along with stable weather patterns contribute to excellent
diving all year round.
International Airport (formerly known as Henderson Field)
is located approximately 12km east of Honiara. Minibus
and taxi services are available to and from the airport
and throughout Honiara. Car hire desks are located inside
the airport you'll find typical facilities including
duty-free shops, Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) and
airlines currently provide regular scheduled services
into Honiara. Solomon Airlines, Virgin Australia, Fiji
Airways (formerly Air Pacific), Air Niugini and Air
Vanuatu all provide international flights to the Solomons.
are direct flights connecting to Honiara from Brisbane
(Australia), Nadi (Fiji), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea)
and Port Vila (Vanuatu).
Airlines is the national carrier and flies to Honiara
from Brisbane 4 times per week, from Nadi 4 times a
week and provides weekly flights from Port Vila and
Australia have flights twice weekly from Brisbane, Fiji
Airways fly weekly from Nadi and Port Vila and Air Niugini
have flights 3 times a week from Port Moresby.
North America, most travellers fly through Los Angeles
and either Brisbane or Nadi. Those travelling from European
countries will most commonly fly via Brisbane with many
choosing to stop over in countries such as Singpore,
Hong Kong, Thailand or Dubai.
Commonwealth, US and most EC visitors do not need visas.
Others may obtain visas through British Consulates.
However a visitors permit not exceeding three (3) months
may be obtained on arrival in the country after meeting
minimum requirement s of a valid passport and a return
or onward ticket.
200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco, 2 litres of
spirits or equivalent. Goods in excess of SI$500.00
are dutiable. Departure Tax is SI$40.00.
Like many other tropical countries, malaria can be a
problem in the Solomon Islands. Appropriate malarial
medication should be taken and it is wise to consult
your doctor a few weeks before leaving home. Water is
normally safe in the major resorts, but precautionary
boiling is recommended in other areas. If in doubt,
Island-hopping by air is a great way to get around.
Planes fly at about 2000m (6500 ft), so the views are
great. Solomon Airlines and the smaller Western Pacific
Airlines service over 20 airfields in all provinces.
The flights vary in price from US$10 to US$100, depending
on the distance, and both airlines have a 16kg (35lbs)
travel is the mainstay of islander trade and transport,
but can also be unpredictable; timetables are rare.
In addition to the larger, passenger-oriented vessels,
copra and cargo boats nearly always have room for passengers.
Shipping fares vary, so shop around. Car rentals are
available in Honiara, but obviosly it is not well suited
to travel between islands. Taxi hire is a better option
for a short stay. In Honiara you'll also find minibusses.
Tropical, with average daytime temperatures around 29
degrees and high humidity. Evenings may be as cool as
19 degrees. There are no defined seasons but November
to May are wetter months and squalls and cyclones may
There are 87 indigenous languages including Melanesian
Pidgin English which is used predominantly. English
is used and understood throughout the Solomon Islands.
Informal light attire is appropriate for both day and
evening wear. Pack a sweater for the occasional cool
evening. Bikini's and swimming briefs should be confined
to resort pool areas.
11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
240 volts. Available to Honiara and other major resort
The standard unit of currency is the Solomon Islands
Dollar. Westpac, ANZ and the National Bank of the Solomon
Islands (NBSI) open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm,
and offer the best exchange rates. There are ATM's available
at several locations in Honiara. Credit cards and travellers
cheques are not usually accepted beyond the main resort
areas. NBSI offers full banking services throughout
most parts of the country.
24 hour international telephone, fax, telex and telegram
service is available through Telekom from Honiara, provincial
centers and all major hotels and resorts. There is also
an internet cafe in the NPF Plaza, Mendana Avenue, Honiara.
The people of the Solomon Island have a rich culture
which observes many traditional "kastoms"
which vary from province to province. Please ask about
appropriate behaviour and always ask permission before
taking pictures of people or places.
As with much of Melanesia and Polynesia, tipping is
not on the agenda. Tipping imposes an obligation that
the receiver must return, so a smile and a 'thank you'
are sufficient recompense for services rendered. Bargaining,
too, should be avoided, however it's becomming more
common now to ask for a 'second price' on handicrafts.
Inflated prices in rural areas are usually due to isolation:
people just don't know what the going price is for services.
Sometimes food will be accepted as payment.
Other than diving and snorkeling, there's bushwalking,
canoeing, mountain and volcano climbing, swimming, surfing,
fishing, shell-collecting, bird-watching, caving and