Solomon Islands

Overview

Introduction

In the Solomons, they talk about "The Islands of Pride," a reference not only to their country's natural beauty, but also to the people's contributions to the Allied cause in World War II. Some of the war's bloodiest battles took place in this idyllic setting of glimmering lagoons, orchid-laden jungles, thundering waterfalls, forested peaks and thatched-hut villages. The islanders, like the Allied and Japanese forces, suffered dearly during the war.

Unfortunately, from 1999 to 2003 the political situation in the Solomon Islands deteriorated into open civil war as rival tribes on Guadalcanal Island engaged in low-intensity warfare. The troubles devastated the economy and displaced entire communities. The good news is that beginning in July 2003, an Australian-led military intervention force rounded up most of the troublemakers and confiscated illegal weapons, making Solomon Islands a safe place to visit once again. However, the local hotel and transportation facilities still require upgrading, so this country should be considered an adventure destination for experienced travelers rather than a vacation spot for ordinary tourists.

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