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Vanikoro
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Vanikoro

Vanikoro is an island located in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Santa Cruz Islands group, and is situated between the island of Santa Cruz and the island of San Cristobal. It is one of the most remote islands in the South Pacific, and is home to a small population of around 1,000 people.

Vanikoro is a volcanic island, and is home to several extinct volcanoes. The highest point is Mount Tepa, which rises to 838 meters above sea level. The island is surrounded by a fringing reef, and is covered in lush, tropical vegetation.

Vanikoro has a long and rich history. It was first settled by the Polynesians around 3,000 years ago. The island was visited by the Spanish explorer Alvaro de Mendana in 1595, and was later claimed by the British in the 19th century. It was an important trading post for whalers and traders in the 19th century, and was later occupied by the Japanese in World War II.

The island is perhaps best known for its role in the tragic story of the French explorer La Perouse, who was shipwrecked off the coast of Vanikoro in 1788. The survivors of the wreck were stranded on the island for several months before being rescued. The island was later named in his honour.

Today, Vanikoro is a peaceful and secluded island paradise. It is popular with visitors for its pristine beaches and coral reefs, and is home to a diverse array of wildlife. The people of Vanikoro are largely subsistence farmers, and the island is an important source of food for the people of the Solomon Islands.

Excursion tips for a day in Vanikoro

As a tourist in Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands, there is plenty to do in a day. Here are some of the activities you can enjoy:

1. Take a boat tour around the island and explore the rugged coastline.

2. Visit the nearby uninhabited island of Teanu and explore the pristine beaches and unspoiled coral reefs.

3. Go snorkeling and explore the amazing marine life in the clear waters.

4. Take a hike up to the top of Mount Reani and take in the stunning views of the island.

5. Visit the local villages and learn about the culture and traditions of the island.

6. Go fishing and try your luck at catching some of the local fish.

7. Enjoy a picnic on the beach and watch the sunset over the horizon.

8. Take a kayak tour around the island and explore the mangrove forests.

9. Visit the local markets and purchase some souvenirs to take home.

10. Spend the day relaxing on the beach and soaking up the sun.

Experience Vanikoro with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Vanikoro. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Vanikoro

Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands has a tropical climate with hot and humid weather all year round. The average temperature ranges from 24 to 29 degrees Celsius. The wet season runs from November to April, with heavy rainfall and high humidity. The dry season runs from May to October, with less rainfall and slightly cooler temperatures. During the dry season, there is a higher chance of experiencing tropical cyclones. The hottest months are December and January, while the coolest months are July and August.

Cruise weather for Vanikoro

Our weather forecast for Vanikoro helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 28.0 °C
min: 27.3 °C
30.2 m/s
33.8 m/s
18.0 %
22.1 m
78.3 %
1,013 hPa
06:12:54
17:45:00
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 28.0 °C
min: 27.4 °C
33.1 m/s
36.4 m/s
28.3 %
22.7 m
77.3 %
1,013 hPa
06:12:46
17:45:13
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 27.1 °C
38.2 m/s
44.3 m/s
20.4 %
22.2 m
80.1 %
1,012 hPa
06:12:37
17:45:26
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 27.9 °C
min: 26.8 °C
37.1 m/s
40.7 m/s
45.7 %
21.3 m
78.2 %
1,010 hPa
06:12:26
17:45:39
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 26.9 °C
min: 25.7 °C
34.9 m/s
36.7 m/s
81.5 %
15.9 m
83.3 %
1,010 hPa
06:12:15
17:45:51
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 27.4 °C
min: 26.7 °C
40.3 m/s
41.0 m/s
72.0 %
23.8 m
78.3 %
1,010 hPa
06:12:04
17:46:03
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 27.0 °C
min: 26.4 °C
39.6 m/s
40.4 m/s
83.5 %
24.1 m
75.4 %
1,011 hPa
06:11:51
17:46:15
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 26.8 °C
min: 26.1 °C
30.6 m/s
29.8 m/s
83.7 %
24.1 m
69.6 %
1,010 hPa
06:11:37
17:46:27
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 26.9 °C
min: 26.1 °C
39.2 m/s
40.3 m/s
59.6 %
23.5 m
68.4 %
1,012 hPa
06:11:23
17:46:38
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 27.0 °C
min: 26.2 °C
40.7 m/s
43.9 m/s
92.3 %
22.3 m
76.0 %
1,012 hPa
06:11:08
17:46:48
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 26.8 °C
min: 26.1 °C
40.7 m/s
43.2 m/s
97.8 %
8.8 m
84.7 %
1,012 hPa
06:10:52
17:46:59
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 27.4 °C
min: 26 °C
52.9 m/s
57.2 m/s
98.8 %
22.1 m
78.0 %
1,011 hPa
06:10:35
17:47:09
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 27.6 °C
min: 26.9 °C
40.7 m/s
44.6 m/s
95.4 %
15.5 m
80.2 %
1,009 hPa
06:10:17
17:47:18
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 27.2 °C
37.8 m/s
42.5 m/s
64.9 %
17.5 m
82.1 %
1,010 hPa
06:09:59
17:47:28

Cruises to Vanikoro

Would you like to travel to Vanikoro on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Vanikoro.

Scheduled ship calls in Vanikoro, Solomon Islands
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Oct. 7th 2024 Monday, 7th of Oct. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 24th 2025 Wednesday, 24th of Sep. 2025 Seabourn Pursuit 06:00 am 01:00 pm
Nov. 16th 2025 Sunday, 16th of Nov. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am

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