Countries Less Traveled Solomon Islands
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The Solomon Islands were named after a very wise king yet recently they have been the scene for ethnic violence and destruction. Now the islands have an occupying force called RAMSI to keep the peace so there are very few tourists except for avid scuba divers in Gizo, one of the northern islands. Catherine and John find the people to be hard working, particularly the women. They visit a village in Guadalcanal where Japanese and American soldiers fought bitter battles. In Iron Bottom Sound there are numerous sunken vessels. In Honiara, Catherine and John enjoy the most vibrant market in the Pacific. This episode features the driving sound and dancing of pan pipe performers.