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Solomon Islands (Lonely Planet Regional Guides) Paperback – 1 Aug 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Aug. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864424051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864424051
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 12.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 848,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the last edition of Lonely Planet's Solomon Islands guide.

It has not been updated since the mid-90es, and has in theory been replaced by the publisher's 2005 "Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands" guide, which in reality only devotes fewer than 30 pages to the Solomon Islands, completely ignoring half the country's provinces, concentraiting on Honiara and a few popular tourist spots instead.

This edition, in contrast, covers the entire archipelago in amazing detail, all the way from the Treasury Islands in the West to the remote Polynesian outliers of Tikopia and Anuta in the East.

Each major province and island is described in good detail, and is shown on a good map.

Needless to say, some things have changed - however in the Solomons they have probably changed much less than in most of the rest of the World!

I travelled in the country in 2005, and found myself using this book almost all the time, with the then brand new PNG & Solomons guide quickly buried to the depths of my backpack.

If you want to actually travel around this least visited corner of Melanesia, rather than just have a short holiday on a resort island in Western province, and especially if exploring remote islands and hiking remote mountains and shorelines is your thing, this book is definitely the one to take.

It is also highly recommended for those with a general interest in the country, as travel practicalities apart, the background info on the culture, geography and fauna of the Solomons is still better than I have found in any other one book.
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After living in the Solomon Islands for over 10 years on Tulagi my father finds it hard to buy books which are usually true to the facts, he has read this one and thinks its great.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8fa334e0) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x8fa28558) out of 5 stars useful but must be taken with a grain of salt 10 Feb. 1999
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Format: Paperback
Somewhat disappointing for a LP guide, lots of text but not as much "meat". After travelling in the Solomons and talking with others one gets the impression that the author did quite limited travelling throughout the islands and largely relied on other's reports. The hike to Mataniko Falls is way more strenuous and dangerous than hinted. (It is still an awesome sight, especially if you're a caver) Likewise a hike along the Weather Coast is more challenging than one would gather from the text, there are places where villagers go by boat because of the vertical exposure. Makira Island is only marginal habitat for salt-water crocodiles according to a Conservation International report and not as abundant as stated in the guide. Given the dearth of information about the Solomons it is still worth buying, but prudence is recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fb6f75c) out of 5 stars A decade later, still the best and only guide to the Solomons! 18 Nov. 2006
By Laszlo Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the last edition of Lonely Planet's Solomon Islands guide.
It has not been updated since the mid-90es, and has in theory been replaced by the publisher's 2005 "Papua New Guinea & Solomon Islands" guide, which in reality only devotes fewer than 30 pages to the Solomon Islands, completely ignoring half the country's provinces, concentraiting on Honiara and a few popular tourist spots instead.

This edition (or the nearly identical 2nd edition), in contrast, covers the entire archipelago in amazing detail, all the way from the Treasury Islands in the West to the remote Polynesian outliers of Tikopia and Anuta in the East.
Each major province and island is described in good detail, and is shown on a good map.
Needless to say, some things have changed - however in the Solomons they have probably changed much less than in most of the rest of the World!
I travelled in the country in 2005, and found myself using this book almost all the time, with the then brand new PNG & Solomons guide quickly buried to the depths of my backpack.

If you want to actually travel around this least visited corner of Melanesia, rather than just have a short holiday on a resort island in Western province, and especially if exploring remote islands and hiking remote mountains and shorelines is your thing, this book is definitely the one to take.
It is also highly recommended for those with a general interest in the country, as travel practicalities apart, the background info on the culture, geography and fauna of the Solomons is still better than I have found in any other single book.
HASH(0x8f97cbc4) out of 5 stars still useful 28 Oct. 2014
By swick - Published on Amazon.com
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Even though the book is now several years old, time moves slowly on these islands so most of what appears here is still relevant.
HASH(0x8fb6fe64) out of 5 stars Great guide book. 26 Mar. 2016
By Steven B - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book, but of course, some of the information is a bit dated.
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