Choiseul Province

Travel Guide Oceania Melanesia Solomon Islands Choiseul Province

edit

Introduction

Choiseul is one of the provinces of the Solomon Islands. It consists of Choiseul Island and several small surrounding islands and has a population of approximately 20,000.

Top

edit

Geography

Choiseul Province is located in the northwest of the Solomon Islands, between the island of Bougainville (Papua New Guinea) and Santa Isabel.

Top

edit

Islands

  • Choiseul Island is the largest island with an area of 3 294 km²
  • Taro Island
  • Vaghena
  • Rob Roy

Top

edit

Villages

  • Taro, on Taro Island, is the provincial capital.

Top

edit

Sights and Activities

The flora and fauna are both characteristic of Australia and New Guinea. The biggest mammal is the endangered dugong, a seacow which occurs in the waters near Rob Roy and Taro Island. The largest reptile is the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) known from Australia. Known birds are the Sanford's fish eagle (Haliaeetus sanfordi), the Pacific black duck (Anas superciliosa), and the eastern reef egret (Egretta sacra). Until the beginning of the 20th century, it was the only habitat of the now extinct Choiseul crested pigeon (Microgoura meeki). Choiseul is also an important breeding place for the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta). The flora is represented by mangroves and coconuts.

Top

edit

Events and Festivals

  • Province Day is celebrated on the 25th of February.
  • Kabule is celebrated on August 8th each year and is in memory of a peace treaty that was signed in 1921 to end brutal feuds between some of the tribes.

National public holidays in the Solomon Islands are as follows:

  • New Year's Day - January 1. Most of the celebrations for New Year are around Honiara. However, the resorts around the country, especially beach resorts, generally organize something for tourists. If visitors find themselves along Mendana Avenue in Honiara, they should keep an eye on personal possessions, particularly when a crowd is around.
  • Good Friday to Easter Monday - Easter is an important celebration in most areas of the Solomon Islands, especially in larger cities when Christianity is practiced by the majority of the population. Honiara usually hosts a fun run during this day, and going to Mass is a wonderful way to get involved with the people.
  • Queen's Birthday, June 10
  • Independence Day - This is one of the most important days of the year for locals. Independence Day in the Solomon Islands occurs on July 7 each year. Basically, thousands of natives flock to the capital city, Honiara. Here, a range of parades, performances and celebrations are held. Tourists will need to book a hotel in advance if they are going to travel to the capital during Independence Day celebrations.
  • Christmas Day - On the 25 December, Christmas brings much joy to the people of the Solomon Islands. Most locals will move back to their home towns outside of Honiara, or visit relatives who live in the rural areas. Honiara becomes quiet for a few days. Nevertheless, churches and community halls usually hold an event or gathering on Christmas, so tourists shouldn’t feel left out.
  • National Day of Thanksgiving, December 26

Top

edit

Weather

Choiseul Province has a tropical climate with temperatures averaging 28 °C in coastal areas. May to November tends to be the drier time of the year with June to August being the coolest months of the year. The northwest monsoon season is from November to March, bringing with it warmer and wetter weather and occasional cyclones. The annual average amount of precipitation is around 3,000 mm, though locally places can get much wetter.

Top

edit

Getting There

By Plane

Solomon Airlines flies to Choiseul Bay, in the northwest of Choiseul Island, three times a week with flights via Gizo. [1] . For the average visitor, air travel is by far the most convenient way to get to Choiseul Province.

Top

References

  1. 1 Sourced Jun 09, Solomon Airlines Schedule

Contributors

as well as travelnetwork (2%)

Choiseul Province Travel Helpers

We don't currently have any Travel Helpers for Choiseul Province

This is version 10. Last edited at 13:25 on May 29, 19 by Utrecht. 1 article links to this page.

Creative Commons License
Except where otherwise noted, content of this article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License