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Guadalcanal Province

Travel Guide Oceania Melanesia Solomon Islands Guadalcanal Province

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Introduction

Guadalcanal Province in the Solomon Islands covers most of the island of Guadalcanal, except for the capital Honiara, which is administered by the Honiara Town Council.

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Geography

The island of Guadalcanal is 6,500 km² with a rugged interior. The tallest point is Mount Popomanaseu, peaking at 2,332 metres.

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Events and Festivals

  • Province Day is celebrated on August 1st

See the Solomon Islands article for a list of national holidays.

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Weather

The Solomon Islands has a tropical climate with temperatures averaging 28 °C in coastal areas. May to November tends to be the drier time of the year. The northwest monsoon season is from November to March, bringing with it warmer and wetter weather and occasional cyclones.

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Getting There

By Plane

Honiara International Airport (HIR), formerly known as Henderson Field, is located 10 kms out of the capital Honiara on Guadlacanal and is the main point of entry into the country. Solomon Airlines provides international connecting flights to Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu and domestic flights throughout the islands.

Newly launched SkyAirWorld flies 5 times weekly between Honiara and Brisbane, Australia. As a result of this new competition, airfares to the Solomons from Australia have dropped significantly.

There is a departure tax at the airport of SI$40. Duty free limits are 250 grams of tobacco, 200 cigarettes, two litres of spirits and any other dutiable goods not exceeding SI$500.

By Boat

Cruise ships sometimes include Guadalcanal on tours of the South Pacific. At the time of writing (June 09), Paradise Adventures is listing a trip including the Solomon Islands on its itinerary.

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