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Inside Solomon Islands: Culture

The Solomon Islands is a pristine, isolated archipelago in the Southwest pacific ocean, on the east of Papua New Guinea. The country is made up of a group of island structures, including the Solomon Islands-which are the specific islands that are east of Papua New Guinea as well as the Ontong Java islands, Rennell Island and the Santa Cruz islands. The Solomon Islands also consist of Choiseul, Guadalcanal, Malaita, New Georgia, San Cristobal, Santa Isabel and Makira. The capital called Honiara is located on Guadalcanal island, which also has the highest mountain, called Mount Makarakombu.

Majority of tourists come to the Solomons for scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and most recently surfing. They are known for their uncorrupted, pure aura, with stretches of shore completely devoid of people. The tourism industry is still in a very basic stage, though the word is catching on of the island’s infinite natural gems. However, since this tourist infrastructure is so infantile, it can be difficult to organize trips and get around the islands efficiently.

The local population is only 538,000 and most of this population is concentrated in the capital and a few other of the main towns. English is the official language, though Pijin and 74 other indigenous languages are spoken on the islands. The locals are 96 percent Christian.

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