Temotu Province

Travel Guide Oceania Melanesia Solomon Islands Temotu Province

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Introduction

Temotu Province lies in the east of the Solomon Islands. It has a diverse population of about 19,000 Melanesians, Papuans and Polynesians.

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Geography

Temotu is made up of two chains of islands running parallel to each other from northwest to southeast.

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Islands and Island Groups

  • Anuta
  • Fatutaka
  • Duff Islands (Taumako)
  • Santa Cruz Islands (including the three large islands Nendo, Vanikoro and Utupua)
  • Reef Islands
  • Tikopia
  • Tinakula

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Villages

  • Lata, on the island of Nendo, is the province's capital.

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Events and Festivals

  • Province Day is celebrated on the 8th 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

Temotu 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

There is small airstrip near Lata. Solomon Airlines flies there several times a week. [1] . For most visitors, air travel is the most convenient option.

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References

  1. 1 Sourced Jun 09, Solomon Airlines Schedule

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