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Solomon Islands

date of entry 03/10/2011
mileage 773,618

capital Honiara

area 28.896 km²

population 538.000

GDP 642 M. US-Dollar

official language English

Small islands in the south-west Pacific are not necessarily the first choice destination for car drivers. This meant that Otto’s arrival in and departure from the Solomon Islands proved difficult: "A ship only leaves Papua New Guinea for the islands every two weeks or sometimes every four weeks," said Gunther. Finally he and his son Martin found a container for Otto. In the meantime, they spent more than two weeks visiting the islands.
  • Otto had to be squeezed into a narrow container in order to leave the country again.
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  • Honiara is the capital of the Solomon islands. Otto arrived here by ship safe and sound…
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  • …and Gunther and Martin Holtorf removed him from the container.
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  • Father and son spent just over two weeks touring Guadalcanal, the main island in the group.
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  • At the start of the 20th century, some of the idyllic islands belonged to German New Guinea and formed part of the German empire.
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  • The Holtorfs found the residents to be helpful and warm-hearted.
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  • Video: The Solomon Islands – Otto in the heart of the south-west Pacific