One of the most naturally beautiful – and unspoilt – of all the South Pacific islands, the Solomon Islands offers an authentic experience that eco-tourists are sure to love. It is a nation of some 900 islands, many of them uninhabited and where instead of large holiday complexes, you can expect to stay in a local guesthouse, or in a secluded resort up a quiet lagoon. Guadalcanal, one of the largest islands in the archipelago, is home to the capital, Honiara, and the famous second world war memorial in honour of the fallen US and Allied soldiers. The Boboe community, where traditional customs and dress are followed, welcomes escorted visitors. Tropical islets vie with emerald forests, lazy lagoons, and stunning waterfalls, while adventurers can surf world-class waves, snorkel in pristine waters, dive on one of the many hidden wrecks in Iron Bottom Sound, or climb majestic Kolombangara, a cone-shaped volcano rising to a mist-shrouded 1,770 metres.