Tourism, although encouraged by the government's Tourist Authority, is not seen as a major growth area, owing to lack of investment. In 1999, approximately 21,000 tourists visited the Solomon Islands, the vast majority arriving from East Asia and the Pacific. Tourism receipts totaled US $7 million. A passport and an onward ticket are required for entry.
The cost of staying in Honiara, according to 1999 UN estimates, ranges from US $87. Travel expenses in Gizo are estimated at $103, and in Auki at $61.
Popular pastimes include rugby football, soccer, basketball, and water sports.