Witness relics from history in a tropical island setting in Guadalcanal, the largest of the Solomon Islands and the scene of bitter fighting between Japanese and Americans during WWII. The mountainous island is covered with rainforests, wildlife and waterfalls; its coasts are lined with palms and white sandy beaches; and its reefs are full of wondrous coral, fish, and countless wrecks. PlanetHoppers! interested in military history can take guided tours of sites from the Battle of Guadalcanal, including Red Beach, Henderson Field, and Bloody Ridge, or visit the Vilu War Museum. Beneath the warm seas, you can see lion fish, giant clams, hammerhead and whale sharks, and many, many relics from the war. In Iron Bottom Sound divers can explore sunken battleships, including the Bonegi I and II, and several aircraft wrecks. Back on land, walk a few hours through virgin forests to the spectacular Tenaru Falls and take a dip into the cool pool at its base. Refreshed, continue your hike and you're sure to spot flying foxes and some of the over 200 species of bird that live on the island. But if shopping is your thing, visit the Honiara Central market, which covers a whole block and is brimming with fresh foods, meat and fish, and various handicrafts and jewelry. Guadalcanal is one of the better holiday spots in the South Pacific. It has something to offer to everyone.
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- Location: Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands