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HQ to INSERT HERE navigable waterways map from GIS team in Rome.
There are no ‘internal waterways’ in the Solomon Islands however the waterways between the islands are the most vital links between the 347 inhabited islands. Small craft and coastal freighters transport fuel, food and passengers. Operators are generally private companies and the smaller craft (5 -15m ‘Banana Boats) owner-operators. Condition of vessels varies widely.
Most private transport companies have been operating many years as the main method of transportation of cargo and passengers between the many inhabited islands of the group. There are a variety of vessels available ranging from 600+ passenger ferries to landing craft, medium sized coastal freighters and smaller high-speed ferries and charter boats. While waterway security is not an issue, safety can be with vessel condition varying from new, to barely seaworthy. Extra care must be taken when planning trips during cyclone season (Nov – Apr) when high winds and rough seas can disrupt travel.