The Solomon Islands
Today we’re going to learn an exotic place. We will go to the waters of the South-West Pacific Ocean, particularly to the Solomon Sea, where the Solomon Islands are located. Only half a million people live in an archipelago of 28,000 square kilometers.
Maybe you are wondering why the archipelago is named after the biblical King Solomon. The reason is much simpler than it looks. Álvaro de Mendaña (16th-century Spanish navigator) discovered large land in 1568. The Spanish immediately came into contact with the friendly locals.
De Mendaña called the islands the Solomon Islands because he believed they contained huge treasures, especially gold. However, there was very little gold here, as conquerors discovered later. Moreover, the islands were not abundant in anything else, which was considered valuable at the time.
What is the best time to visit?
If you’re thinking about traveling to the Solomon Islands, you should know that it’s not worth visiting between December and March. Because it is a period of heavy rains and hurricanes, although they only occasionally cause a lot of damage. On the contrary, it’s best to go here from July to September. It rains little during these months, with the lowest temperature and humidity.
The islands will charm you. Their coastline is often surrounded by coconut palms and there is nothing better than the silence of their shade to watch the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. The vegetation in the archipelago is home to more than 200 species of orchids and other tropical flowers.
As for the fauna, so many animals typical of Solomon Islands are night creations, such as mice, bats, rats, or grey cuscus. Grey cuscus is the only marsupial that lives in the Solomon Islands. In contrast, the birds are much more numerous and diverse. About 223 bird species live here. The same applies to reptiles. Approximately 70 species of reptiles: crocodiles, lizards, snakes are common on the islands.
Probably the most famous island of the Solomon Islands is Guadalcanal, in the southern half of which is dominated by mountains, reaching 2,500 m above sea level. Apart from the famous battle that took place here during the Second World War between Japanese and American soldiers, the island is primarily known as an excellent diving destination. Divers can see shipwrecks and other remains of this conflict. And not just that. Areremnants of World War II battles lying on the island, so don’t be surprised when you come across rusty armored personnel carriers on a trip through Guadalcanal.
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