Thursday, 16 February 2012 8:56 AM

Magnificent Military History in the Solomons

Take a trip to the Solomon Islands during the Australian winter this year with First Footprints, and experience an island nation rich in World War II history, alongside some of the most pristine diving and natural scenery over 992 islands.

Commemorate a significant period in our region's military history by taking in some of the relics and sites of the Pacific War and, in and amongst the thriving historical setting, enjoy a holiday destination renowned for rich tropical marine areas, as well as immense natural beauty and intriguing culture.

"The Solomons are as beautiful below the ocean's surface as they are interesting above the ground, and Adventure World and First Footprints can take travellers on the path less-trodden," said Diane Moynihan, Head of Product, Adventure World.

The islands boast world-class diving taking in wrecks of WWII, shallow and deep coral gardens, submarine volcanoes, sharks, turtles and an enormous and colourful array of fish.

"Those travellers looking to immerse themselves in local culture will find no shortage of authentic experiences, with more than 170 indigenous languages and an array of natural beauty and wildlife," Ms Moynihan continued.

Travellers can indulge in local produce such as tapioca pudding cooked in a traditional Motu oven, or listen to tales from friendly locals describing head-hunting, cannibalism and skull worship; from the days when the islands were known as one of the most dangerous places in the world.

"Whether you are seeking to better understand the military history of the South Pacific, or looking for some adventure both below and above the water, the Solomon Islands is one of the most unique destinations on offer for Australian travellers," concluded Ms Moynihan.

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