About Solomon Sea, facts and maps

Where is the Solomon Sea? equatorial Southwest

The Solomon Sea is a semi-enclosed sea located at the western boundary of the equatorial Southwest Pacific Ocean, between and the Solomon .

History records that the first European to come to Solomon Islands, Alvaro De Mendana, in 1568 gave the its name because he believed this area of the was where King Solomon got the gold he used to build the Temple of Jerusalem.

The islands and waters are still a little known pristine paradise. They are particularly special for their remarkable biodiversity, containing thousands of different plant and animal species, especially the marine life. Many species are known only to the Solomons.

Are there sharks in the Solomon Sea?

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Bull, Hammerhead and Tiger sharks are present throughout Solomon Islands coastal waters. The timid Reef Shark is harmless, but, unless you know the difference, be wary of all sharks. About 50 people are killed every year by saltwater crocodiles. These are locals, well-acquainted with the ever-present danger.

Governance of the Solomon Islands (archipelago) is split between the sovereign state of Solomon Islands and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New . Both countries are constitutional monarchies and Commonwealth realms. In a 2019 referendum, over 98% of voters supported independence.

How big was Solomon's tsunami?

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The strongest tidal wave registered on the Solomon Islands so far reached a height of 12.10 meters. On 04/01/2007, this tsunami killed a total of 50 people. The biggest impact in terms of lifes, injuries, destroyed homes and the economy had been a tsunami on 10/03/1931.

English, Solomon Islands / Official language

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English is the official language, but Solomon Islands pijin is the lingua franca. There are over 80 different local languages plus dialects.

Can you swim in Solomons Island?

The beach is located just north of the Riverside Aquatics Complex and offers 400 feet of shoreline, sandy beaches, and is the only designated river swimming area on NRC Solomons. Swimming is permitted in the designated swimming area when lifeguards are on duty.

How many Muslims are in Solomon Islands?

According to the most recent reports, there are approximately 350 Muslims.

What is the most popular food in Solomon Islands?

The most well known local dish is Poi. Considered the unofficial ‘national dish' of the Solomon Islands, Poi is made from rinsed taro roots and then turned into a paste. It's a savoury side dish. Another traditional dish of the Solomon Islands is Cassava Pudding.