The Forgotten Paradise of the Solomon Islands

Diving with Bilikiki Cruises by Jack and Sue Drafahl When underwater photographers talk about the Pacific, one name always appears at the top of the wish list; The Solomon Islands. This cluster of more than 900 islands just east of Papua New Guinea is thick with the mystery and excitement of undiscovered diving treasures. In…


Secret Gardens

by Chris Newbert My first awareness of the Solomon Islands came when I was very young, from watching World War II movies on television. Bad actors in heroic roles fought bravely for victory on Guadalcanal. I had the vaguest comprehension back then of what the war was about, and it would be years before I…


Factbook: Solomon Islands

  Geography Location: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Papua New Guinea Geographic coordinates: 8 00 S, 159 00 E Map references: Oceania Area: total: 28,450 sq km land: 27,540 sq km water: 910 sq km Area – comparative: slightly smaller than Maryland Land boundaries: 0 km Coastline: 5,313 km Maritime claims: measured from claimed archipelagic baselines continental shelf: 200 nm…