Isabel Province

Travel Guide Oceania Melanesia Solomon Islands Isabel Province

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Introduction

Isabel Province is one of the Solomon Island's provinces and has a population of about 30,000. Santa Isabel Island was the place where Europeans, through Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira, initially made contact with the Solomon Islands in 1568.

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Geography

Santa Isabel Island is the main island in the province, with much smaller San Jorge sitting right next to it. Santa Isabel is the Solomon's longest island. The highest point on the island is Mount Kubonitu at 1120 metres. The Marutho River springs from the mountain and meets the ocean at Hofi.

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Villages

  • Buala, on Santa Isabel Island, is the provincial capital. It can only be reached by boat.
  • Samsodu
  • Kia
  • Fera has an airstrip.

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Events and Festivals

  • Province Day is celebrated on the 2nd of June

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

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Weather

Isabel 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.

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Getting There

By Plane

Solomon Airlines flies twice a week to the airstrip on Fera. [1] . For most visitors, this would be the most convenient option.

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Sleep

References

  1. 1 Sourced Jun 09, Solomon Airlines Schedule

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