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Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, was built after the Second World War to replace the former capital of Tulagi. It serves largely as a springboard for activities in remoter areas of the Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau can provide good tourist information once you've made it to Honiara and can radio ahead to announce your arrival at guesthouses in more remote areas. It is located on Mendana Ave between the Yacht Club and the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel.
Honiara has a tropical climate with temperatures averaging 28 °C. 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.
Honiara International Airport (HIR), formerly known as Henderson Field, is located 10 kilometres out of town 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.
Public buses run along the main road, Mendana Avenue. A destination card is displayed on the front window and fares are modest. Taxis are not metered but can be booked or flagged down in the street.
|Solomon City Motel||Opposite the Holy Cross Catholic Church||Motel||26264||-|
|Chester Rest house||Guesthouse||26355||-|
|Island Lodge||corner of Cluck Street||Guesthouse||20254||-|
|Lolo Rest house||Panatina Ridge||Guesthouse||30364||-|
|St. Agnes mothers Union Rest house||Lower Vavayer Ridge||Guesthouse||27785||-|
|United Church Rest house||Guesthouse||20028||-|
|Binaboli Rest house||Guesthouse||25836/25211||-|
|Fountain Family Inn||East Kola`a ridge, Tanuli ridge||Guesthouse||21552/20581||-|
|Mbumburu Rest house||Lengakiki Residential area||Guesthouse||27597||-|
|Honiara Tropikana Beach Resort||Tendai Highway||Resort||21099||-|
|Red Mansion Comfort Inn Motel||Panatina Ridge||Motel||38463/38464||-|
|Airport Motel||Henderson Highway||Motel||36255||-|
|Hibiscus Hotel||Hibiscus Avenue||Hotel||21205||-|
|Honiara Hotel||Prince Philip Hwy||Hotel||21737||-|
|Kitano Mendana Hotel||Mendana Ave||Hotel||20071||-|
|King Solomon Hotel||Hibiscus Ave||Hotel||21205||-|
|Pacific Casino Hotel||Kukum Highway, P.O. Box 1298 Island of Guadalcanal||Hotel||-|
|Quality Inn||Lower Vavaya Ridge||Hotel||25150||-|
|Iron Bottom Sound Hotel||Rove Road||Hotel||28633/28632||-|
|Sanalae Apartments||Panatina Ridge, East Honiara||Apartments||39218||-|
|Bulaia Backpackers 1||Chinatown||Hostel||28819||-|
|Bulaia Backpackers 2||Mbokona Vera||Hostel||23059||-|
The calling code for the Solomon Islands is +677. No area code is required to reach Honiara. To call out of the Solomon Islands, use the exit code 00, followed by the destination country's calling code.
The main post office is off Mendana Ave, open 8:00am to noon, and 1:00pm to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, as well as Saturday mornings. There is only postal delivery to post office boxes or poste restante
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