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 Solomon Islands - General Info

Time Zone

UTC +11

Money

Solomon Island dollar (SI$) of 100 cents.

Communications

International dialing code in Solomon Islands is +677.

There are 3 mobile networks operating in Solomon Islands. Coverage is limited but is being extended to smaller islands outside of the larger centres (Honiara, Auki, Gizo, Lata, Munda and Noro). Contact your service provider for further details. Local SIM cards and handsets are available.

There are several internet cafes in Honiara.

SSB
See Pacific List of Radio Nets

The Namba Net operates now on 8101 because 6 megs became too noisy. It is at 0815 hrs local time for vessels cruising New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

Please note that the Namba net only operates when there are sufficient cruisers prepared to act as net controllers. Ideally 7 people but it usually starts with 4. It starts usually sometime in June and finishes in October. The 8 meg frequency covers Vanuatu. New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands and the Louisaides.

The Solomon Net, operates daily at 0800 Local time, 2100 ZULU, on 8.161

Diplomatic Missions

Events

June: Pacific Arts Festival - Honiara

July: Yacht Festival - Roderick Bay, Florida Islands
Chief John Ruka and his clan have announced the dates for their 2016 Bonina Vale ni Vaka Seloga - festival of sailing yachts - for June 24 - 26, 2016. This is an intimate affair and you will quickly be enveloped in their warmth and benefit from their sincere generosity. For more information, photos and navigation tips visit their webpage at: roderickbayhideaway.sv-carina.org

Emergencies

Emergency - Dial 999
Fire - Dial 988
Ambulance - Dial 911
Search and Rescue - Dial 977

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Solomon Islands Cruising Guide
Editor Dirk Sieling
Publisher: Island Cruising Association (www.islandcruising.co.nz)
The Solomon Islands Cruising Guide is packed with information about sailing in these beautiful islands and includes anchorages throughout the country.

The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Kitty Van Hagen
3rd Edition October 2016
See The Pacific Crossing Guide 3rd Edition

The Pacific Crossing Guide
By RCC Pilotage Foundation with Ocean Cruising Club
Editors Michael Pocock and Ros Hogbin
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical; 2nd Ed (30 Sep 2003)
ISBN-13: 978-0713661828
The Pacific Crossing Guide is a complete reference for anyone contemplating sailing the Pacific in their own boat. From ideal timing, suitable boats, routes, methods of communication and provisioning to seasonal weather, departure and arrival ports, facilities, likely costs and dangers,

South Pacific Handbook
By David Stanley
Publisher: Avalon Travel; 8Rev Ed edition (28 Jan 2005)
ISBN-13: 978-1566914116
From lagoon swimming in the Cook Islands to witnessing the race of the banana bearers in the Heiva i Tahiti festival, travellers will find the best of the South Pacific both popular and obscure in this guidebook.

Landfalls of Paradise: Cruising Guide to the Pacific Islands
By Earl Hinz
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press; 5th Revised edition (May 2006)
ISBN-13: 978-0824830373
The fifth edition of this sailing standard includes updated charts and text reflecting changes in regulations and facilities for most countries and specific ports of entry. New appendices include procedures for entry to Australia, which are more exacting than most Pacific landfalls, and an extensive list of information sources: cruising guidebooks, important general tourist guides, chart suppliers, and key web sites for the countries covered by "Landfalls of Paradise".

South Pacific Anchorages
By Warwick Clay
Publisher: Imray, Laurie,Norie & Wilson Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Mar. 2001)
ISBN: 10-085288 482 6
Details of harbours and anchorages in the pacific south of the equator between New Guinea and South America.

Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau

Ngarando Faraway Resort, Pigeon Island

Yacht Adina 
http://yachtadina.co.uk/?tag=solomon-islands
Tom and Susie spent time sailing
through the outer eastern islands of the Solomons in July 2015. Their website contains useful notes on anchorages visited, security and trading.

Yacht Adina Solomons Anchorages

SY Bosun Bird
Nick and Jenny Coghlan made excellent cruising notes for the Solomons, available on their website.

SY Wizard's Eye Trip through Vanuatu to the Solomon Islands

Update History

May 2016: Yacht Adina provided clearance and formalities updates as well as local info.
June 2015: Publications checked.
March 2015: All formalites checked/updated.
March 2013: All formalites checked/updated.
September 2012: Clearance information confirmed by Gini of SY Marquesa.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 07, 2016 02:58 PM

Posted on behalf of SY Yawana:
Noro (New Georgia) is now the preferred port of entry into the Western Province of the Solomons, as Gizo has been experiencing reports of theft, and the Immigration officer is extremely unco-operative and is rarely available.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 08, 2015 05:46 PM

Read about SY INTI's project to distribute donated school supplies to remote areas in PNG and the Solomons adjacent, under "related news". If you are planning on cruising this part of the South Pacific, you can help.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 08, 2015 05:42 PM

Posted on behalf of Graeme Ward, SY INTI:
Our experiences through the Solomons were all good, it was quiet with few yachts and not much tourism.
It is difficult to know where to avoid, but we read noonsite reports, asked the locals and stayed away from larger centres. Anywhere we were unsure, we still felt it OK if we didn't stay more than 1 night, especially south of Honiara on Guadalcanal.
The Santa Cruz area was very friendly. Utupua Island love yachts, trade for mud crabs and huge oysters! They all sail their canoes and old sails/ tarps are gold.
We only have good things to say about Liapari, close to Ghizo. Noel and Rose offer a very well priced service with a safe, secure and lovely anchorage, we had no problems leaving the yacht there.
The Western Province has much to see although Ghizo itself is not pretty. Mono island, closer to Bougainville, had some trouble with loggers, but Falami village is safe and they were careful to keep yachts happy.
The Solomons is definitely the poor cousin to Vanuatu, it's very underdeveloped with regards to tourism, infrastructure and aid. The places we visited appreciate yachts, the locals have few ways of making income, to the point some of the kids wear barely rags. It's moving see how much it means when they can trade food from their gardens for something that really helps them. It is a pity a few bad incidents have made a beautiful unspoiled destination so challenging to cruisers!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 23, 2015 07:32 PM

Posted on behalf of Philip and Leslie of SV Carina:
For those looking for a genuine Solomon Islands' cultural experience, please visit Roderick Bay in Nggela Sule Island. Chief John Ruka and his clan have announced the dates for their 2016 Bonina Vale ni Vaka Seloga - festival of sailing yachts - for June 24 - 26, 2016.
Please spread the word. This is an intimate affair and you will quickly be enveloped in their warmth and benefit from their sincere generosity.
For more information, photos and navigation tips visit their webpage at:
roderickbayhideaway.sv-carina.org

Chris Bone
Chris Bone says:
Mar 18, 2015 06:35 PM

Anyone interested in cruising in the Temotu area please feel free to contact me. I have spent 5 seasons helping the lovely people there with OceansWatch. chris@oceanswatch.org

Meillia Kee
Meillia Kee says:
Feb 08, 2015 12:07 PM

We sailed briefly through the Solomons with our three kids aged 9,7 and 6 in Sept 2014. It was fantastic, like being in a national geographic magazine, with beautiful scenery and interesting people. We had no difficulties. Please note we stopped at very few places due to time pressures. We avoided Guadalcanal, Malaita, Florida and Choiseul Islands on advise of some cruisers who had spent a hurricane season in the Solomons. Their advice for safe anchoring was to *always introduce yourself to the village chief, *to say what you would like to trade for, *to ask places that it was ok to go and where not to go, and *tell them that they had great kids who were traders not beggars. We followed this and it was great as then the locals knew what we were interested in trading for, generally fresh fruit. It was fascinating being shown around and people were curious and friendly. We cleared in in Noro which was straight forward once we found the office. There is a hefty fee charged per metre for any vessel, it seems yachts are treated the same as a commercial boat. The official was quite apologetic about having to apply it to us. We approached Noro from the south through the lagoon and the Diamond Straits, absolutely beautiful, and the Navionics charts were pretty accurate. Entrance to anchorage near the fresh food market was marked by two sticks. Local long boats zipped in and out through there like buses. Noel and Rosie run a great boatyard in Liapari. We cleared out from Ghizo. We didn't anchor off the town but off a nearby island in the harbour. In all anchorages we took precautions, diesel cans were locked up, nothing left loose on deck and took the dinghy up each night. Either we were in the right places or we were lucky but we never had any cause for concern at night. There were so many places that were recommended to us that we skipped that we are keen to return to the Pacific back through the Solomons and spend much longer there.

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