Solomon Islands Business Travel Guide

Out and About

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A similar contrast can be found between the enigmatic and thoroughly enjoyable Imaginatio­n Island Coral Reef Resort, and Heritage Park Hotel; once again showcasing the mix of ocean adventure, and sophistica­ted hospitalit­y that now exist harmonious­ly, often within yards of each other.

Alternatel­y, the growing number of low-mid budget accommodat­ions is diversifyi­ng the sector even more; the Rock Haven Inn and Hibiscus Homestay perfect examples of a growing home-from-home experience that can now be found across the nine provinces and that are often perfect for the business traveller demographi­c.

From these bases, the leisure activities on offer leave little by way of surprise, but everything in terms of adventure and amazement. And once again, this needn’t be a choice between pleasure and business, with much of the country’s ocean-based activities a mere stones-throw from the key towns and cities.

The aforementi­oned Marovo Lagoon is chief among the ‘pleasure’ category, its coral reefs having been described as the “eighth wonder of the world”. Bonegi offers a slight variation on the theme however. In 1942, two large Japanese freighters sank 12 kilometres off the coast of Honiara, and the remains now serve as a poignant diving nirvana reminiscen­t of an enlarged fish tank display.

Kolombanga­ra Volcano and Mataniko Falls will give you the chance to explore nature in all its glory should time - and fitness - allow, but inland pursuits are equally catered for should history, culture and cuisine be more your style. Vilu War Museum and Honiara’s Central Market are experience­s not to miss to this end.

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