With a thriving traditional culture, white-sand beaches, reefs teeming with sea life and jungles strewn with WWII relics, the Solomon Islands are a rarely visited destination that have so much to offer travellers. Travel from Honiara, the capital, to WWII battle theatres across the main island and learn about the important campaign fought between Allied forces and the Japanese. Meet Barnie, on the island of New Georgia, who has made his own 'museum' of war relics collected over his lifetime then spend some time absorbing the Melanesian culture of the island communities. With plenty of time to swim and snorkel around the pristine reefs, as well as a visit to Skull Island, John F. Kennedy's wartime base and the site of his near-death, this trip perfectly balances history and relaxation with opportunities to really immerse yourself in the local culture.

Highlights

Snorkel and swim through the incredibly clear waters and pristine reefs of the Solomon Islands.

Discover how the World Wars played out in the Pacific as you visit relic-strewn jungles, John F. Kennedy's wartime base and important battle sites.

Meet Barry Paulsen, a local man who has spent years collecting war memorabilia in the jungle, and visit his backyard 'museum'.

Join locals in 'community day'. Attend a church service and sit down for a feast, learning about the local way of life as you do so.

Take a boat to Skull Island, where the head-hunting traditions of the Solomon Islands are evidenced.