|Round-trip from||$2,324||From Las Vegas Harry Reid Intl to Solomon Islands|
Flight durations from the United States to the Solomon Islands can vary from 19h to 47h. The large variance in travel times greatly depends on where you start your journey in the US as well as how many layovers you have and the lengths per layover. The major airlines offering flights to Solomon Islands from the US include Qantas, Philippine Airlines, Air Nuigini, Hawaiian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, and JetStar. Which airline you fly with will determine where the one or more layovers will be.
Currently, there are no nonstop Solomon Island flight deals from the United States. Flying from the US, you’ll have one to three layovers, which depends on where you fly out. If you’re able to fly from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), you’ll have the opportunity to book cheap flights to the Solomon Islands with one or two layovers, mostly stopping Brisbane, Australia before carrying on to Honiara International (HIR), less than eight miles east of the capital city. The only other mainland North American departure city is San Francisco. Flights from San Francisco International (SFO) have more varied layover cities due to the airlines that fly from there. These layover cities include Manila (Philippines), Sydney (Australia), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), Singapore, and Honolulu (US). Outside mainland US, there are flights from Honolulu International (HNL). From Honolulu, flights have stops in the Australian cities of Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.
Once you arrive at Honiara International, there are minibusses and taxi services waiting to take you into the capital city of Guadalcanal. There are also car rental agencies if you prefer to drive yourself. On the three islands of Guadalcanal, Malaita, and Makira the roads are well developed so you can get around via minibusses easily. Taxis are also a good means of transport in these areas, but most taxis don’t have meters so you should agree on a fare first, and the general price per mile is under $2. If you’re wanting to travel to the many other islands, Solomon Airlines travels to 20 different domestic locations across the country. Lastly, If you prefer sea travel, there are four main companies offering passenger boats, including Fair West Shipping, MV Pelican Express, Anolpha Shipping, and Avi Avi Marina. Powered dinghies are also a popular way to travel around the islands.
As with many tropical holiday destinations, the Solomon Islands offer a variety of activities such as snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, diving, hiking, and surfing. If you want things to do that are unique to the islands you can explore WWII museums, battle sites, and underwater relics. The Solomon Islands were the site of some WWII campaigns and battles, so there’s much to see and learn on the subject. The Solomon Islands are also home to certain festivals and events throughout the year. There is the Wagosia Festival in June and the Lagoon Festival in October that celebrates ancient cultures. There is also a fishing competition in November, a surfing competition in December, and a diving festival in October. Another point of interest is the UNESCO site of East Rennell and Lake Tegano.
No, you do not need a tourist visa to enter the Solomon Islands. You will need a valid passport with no less than 6 months of validation after your arrival home from the Solomon Islands with black pages for your entry and exit stamps. You’re also required to show proof of over $6,000.00 to enter or exit the country.