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Transport in the Solomons



Getting Around the Solomons


By Richard Moore

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If you want to explore the main island of Guadalcanal then hiring a car is probably the best way to get around.

The roads are serviceable but, in outlying areas, you do need to drive to the condition of the sealed surface.

At night be careful as some potholes are pretty big.

In the Solomons capital of Honiara taxis are everywhere and will get you to where you want to go with no fuss.

They are reasonably priced with a a trip within city limts about SB$10, to the airport about SB$80 for the 20-minute journey.

The cabs don't have meters so sort out the price with the driver before you go.

In my opinion the most convenient way to get to the other main islands is by plane.

It is quick, comfortable and you get to see some beautiful land and sea scapes below you.

Solomon Airlines has regular schedules across the main routes and I have to say arriving at a grass airfield in a remote part of the country is wonderful.

As is sitting around waiting for a flight out and chatting with the locals.

They are really nice parts of the journey to saying "we are in somewhere very different".

The most usual form of transportation in the regions is the longboat.

These fibreglass workhorses are used as cars, buses and trucks and will get you everywhere you need to go.

We did so many trips in them during our stay we felt extremely comfortable being taken anywhere in a longboat - even across open water on a choppy day.


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Copyright 2014 RICHARD MOORE