EX­PEC­TA­TIONS

New Zealand Surfing - - News -

Per­fect surf to suit ev­ery level of rider, bath­wa­ter­warm water, su­per friendly lo­cals who like noth­ing bet­ter to share their waves with vis­i­tors and a com­plete lack of crowds – these are the hall­marks of any surf­ing ex­pe­di­tion to the Solomon Is­lands.

Just a 2-hour ,45-minute flight from Bris­bane, the Solomon Is­lands are one of the very few places left on the planet where board­rid­ers still have the op­por­tu­nity to name the breaks. The des­ti­na­tion lit­er­ally abounds with waves and es­pe­cially from Oc­to­ber-April when the trade winds switch di­rec­tion and the swells on the outer reefs can get up­wards of 10’. But you can pretty much find waves in the Solomon Is­lands at any time of year. Just don’t ex­pect size dur­ing the off months.

The best way to go is via pack­age in­clud­ing all flights – in­ter­na­tional and domestic – all meals and ac­com­mo­da­tion and you do need to make sure the surf camp you are stay­ing at can pro­vide daily boat hire and surf guides such as Pa­p­atura Is­land Re­treat.

And you also need to make sure you take all es­sen­tials with you – while the surf camps do have some spares, you will need to make sure you pack spare leg­gies, booties, wax, re­pair kits, etc. A small first aid kit for those in­evitable co­ral cuts is also an es­sen­tial.

While there are pock­ets of Malaria in the Solomon Is­lands, the Western Province and Santa Is­abel are rel­a­tively mos­quito free, but it is strongly rec­om­mended any­one head­ing there con­sults their GP or of­fi­cial travel ad­vi­sory e.g. MFAT for the lat­est ad­vice.

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