The main islands of the Solomons are volcanic in origin, covered with dense tropical forest with fast flowing rivers and streams. They are home to many endemic flora and fauna species which includes the common cardinal lorry.
Current estimates put a total of 4500 plant species and 173 species of birds including the famous Megapode bird which nests in the thermal sand of some islands in Central and Western Provinces. In the World Heritage Listed Rennell Island alone, ten plants and 4 species and 9 subspecies of birds have been identified as endemic. Also endemic is the saltwater sea snake known as the krait.
Solomon Islands lie out of mass tourist routes. There are no luxury resorts. The archipelago offers one of the richest on the earth underwater world, miles of lonely sandy beaches and wonderful sense of calm