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Solomon Islands Travel Photos

The seldom visited Solomon Islands is among the South Pacific's most welcoming countries. This 1,800-kilometer chain east of Australia was among the last Pacific areas to experience Christianity and colonialism.

During World War Two, these islands were caught in the middle of a conflict between Japan and the United States - the Battle of Guadalcanal was a turning point of the war.

Today these islands of adventure are a top destination for Australian and American scuba divers, who come to explore the colorful coral reefs and swim around the wartime wrecks.

All photos on are by David Stanley, author of Moon Handbooks South Pacific. The images on this page are details. To view the complete photos, click on the thumbnails.

Mataniko Bridge, Honiara

Mataniko Bridge, Honiara

The Mataniko Bridge connects Chinatown to the rest of Honiara. In late 1942, the Mataniko River was the front line between U.S. and Japanese troops. The bridge itself was built by the Americans after the Japanese were forced to withdraw.
Parliament Building, Honiara

The Parliament Building (1993), funded by the U.S. as a war memorial.

Malaita Island Boys

Naturally blond boys on Malaita Island in the Solomons.

P-39 Aircraft, Guadalcanal Seaside Snackbar, Honiara Playing Cards, Rove Market

Wreck of a P-39 aircraft outside Betikama Carvings, Honiara.

Taking it easy at a seaside snack bar near Honiara.

Unemployed men playing cards near Rove Market outside Honiara.

Compass Rose II, Solomon Islands Wreck of the Western Queen Unloading at Gizo Market

The MV Compass Rose II prepares to depart Honiara for Gizo.

The interisland ferry Western Queen on the beach at Honiara.

Outboards from nearby islands unloading produce at Gizo Market.

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