The Solomon Islands, 2001.

I spent my 21st birthday flying over the hundreds of islands that make up the Solomon Islands in an Australian Army helicopter.
Lying directly to the east of Indonesia and Papa New Guinea, the Solomons cover 28,000sq kilometers and are inhabited by a tiny 500,000 people.
Tourism is a very small industry – especially since the tiny nation has been in a state of civil conflict for almost a decade – and thus the places I was lucky enough to see, fly over and sail to are even more special. It is growing, however and the country’s official site has some good information. There’s lots more to learn about the Solomons here.