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The leaf-hut villages, verdant forest, crocodile-filled mangroves and vast lagoons of the Solomon Islands stand in stark contrast to the glitzy resorts and white sand beaches of some of the other British overseas territories. The archipelago is a constitutional monarchy in the South Pacific Ocean. The country takes its name from its founder, Álvaro de Mendaña, a Spanish navigator who discovered the islands in 1568 and named them Islas Salomón. The British expressed interest in the land in 1893 and established a protectorate. In 1975, the islands’ name was changed from the British Solomon Islands Protectorate to Solomon Islands. The territory then gained independence in 1978 and maintains Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. The islands have a population of approximately 622,469 – many of whose livelihoods depend on agriculture, fishing and forestry. The majority of oil and manufactured goods are imported. The islands were the sight of intense battles during WWII and, despite an economic collapse, the state has been able to recover and produce substantial economic growth. This, in turn, has given way to more efficient courier services to the Solomon Islands.
Coral atolls, rugged mountains, gushing waterfalls, and emerald forests greet visitors to the Solomon Islands. Together, the country is comprised of a total landmass of 28,896sqkm. And, while not the typical beach holiday destination, the islands treat visitors to a rich and authentic cultural experience. The islands sit east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu. Tourism is still improving, however, the capital city of Honiara, which is located on the island of Guadalcanal, receives quite a few visitors each year. Thanks to foreign aid, major improvements to the country’s transportation infrastructure have helped connect isolated communities to major markets and, in addition, expedite parcel delivery service in the Solomon Islands. Travel between the islands is done primarily by boat. The Solomon Islands also serve as a strategic location on sea routes and there are several major ports including Honiara, Malloco Bay, Viru Harbor and Tulaghi. The country does not utilise a postal code system.
With one of the most diverse landforms in the Pacific Islands, the Solomon Islands entice with its rugged natural beauty. Its equally diverse people offer a laid-back, charming and unforgettable cultural experience as well. While tourism is still a growing industry, improvements to infrastructure will help draw in more visitors and create a greater demand for cheap couriers to the Solomon Islands. My Parcel Delivery offers fast and cheap parcel delivery to the Solomon Islands. The MPD International Drop–Off service costs from just £28.32 including VAT while the two-day delivery and collection service is priced from £35.51 including VAT. [Prices correct as of 03/09/2015]