Solomon Islands (map) is a sovereign state consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in Oceania lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu. Its capital, *Honiara (map), is located on the island of *Guadalcanal. While not as bad as neighboring Papua New Guinea, crime rates in the Solomon Islands are high. Travel after dark is dangerous, especially in Honiara.
In 2017 the Solomon Islands were visited by 26,000 tourists making the country one of the least frequently-visited countries of the world. Though seasons are not pronounced, the northwesterly winds of November through April bring more frequent rainfall and occasional squalls or cyclones. June through August is the cooler period.