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Travel Guide Oceania Melanesia Solomon Islands Honiara

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Introduction

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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.

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Sights and Activities

National Museum & Cultural Centre

The National Museum & Cultural Centre in Honiara is a good place to go and learn about the local culture. There are also several traditional houses constructed behind the museum, each in the style of a different province. Location: Mendana Ave, Honiara. Ph: (677) 22098. Open Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm, Sat 8:00am-12:00pm.

Central Market

Stretch over a block between the seafront and Mendana Ave, the central market or the food market of Honiara grab the tourist’s attention. While crossing through the market, you can smell the fragrance of local vegetables and fruits. Apart from fruits and vegetables, you can also purchase souvenir shells, Malaitan shell money and jewelry.

National Parliament

The National Parliament is a conical-shaped concrete structure located at the top of the hill above Hibiscus Ave. You can enjoy watching the court proceedings from the public gallery. You can witness a great wall-hanging of traditional art on the interior of the dome that also comprises of arching frescoes. Opened in 1993, the building of the National Parliament was funded by the United States of America (USA).

  • The Kukum market
  • Bonegi Beach is white sandy beach about 20 minutes drive out of Honiara, featuring a couple of WWII wrecks that can be explored quite easily, even by snorkellers.
  • Tenaru Falls is an impressive 60-metre-high waterfall, which cascades into a deep pool, ideal for a refreshing swim. To reach the falls, you can drive to Hailupa and then will need to walk about 9 kilometres from there.
  • Mataniko Falls is another spectacular waterfall, requiring several hours of walking to reach. Find a guide at Lili village, near Tuvaruhu to show you the way.

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Weather

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.

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Getting There

By Plane

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.

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Getting Around

By Car

Taxis are relatively plentiful and cheap in Honiara. They can be either ordered of flagged down.

By Public Transport

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.

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Eat

There is surprising variety in Honiara with many restaurants catering to expats.

  • The Lime Lounge is a popular café. (Location: Downtown, next to the ANZ bank. Opening Hours: 7:00am to 5:00pm weekdays, less on the weekend).
  • The Taj Mahal - Located near the airport has excellent Indian and Sri Lankan food and is excellent value.
  • Korean BBQ - Located on what looks like wasteground near the Central Market. They serve excellent dishes even though the decor is quite rustic.
  • Honiara Hotel - Located overlooking Chinatown has several restaurants; an excellent French restaurant, a Chinese restaurant (planned) and a general restaurant serving sandwiches and burgers.
  • Iron Bottom Sound - There is an excellent Japanese restaurant here with a terrace where drinks can be served. An excellent place to watch the sunset.
  • The Yacht Club - The favoured hangout of expats in Honiara, the yacht club has a variety of simple and inexpensive meals available nightly.
  • Rain Tree Cafe - A beautiful sea front location on the west end of Honiara amid quiet gardens and under a thatch leaf house. Great coffee, smoothies, lassies and fresh organic food, wood fired pizzas. A great place for sunset meals, breakfasts and hanging out on weekends. Allow ample time for your order to be prepared. Locally owned and operated by local women. BYO. Rain Tree Cafe Website.
  • Lunch bars near the museum - There are a number of eateries here, on the same side of the main road as the museum, to its left if you are facing it from the main road. A range of lunch foods and drinks are on offer, including fish 'n' cassava chips and green (drinking) coconuts.

Buy your own - * The Central Market, located on the main road, is a great source of fresh fruit and vegetables. Fish and chips, as well as uncooked fish, are also sold there.

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Sleep

There are many hotels in Honiara, mainly catering to expats. The Honiara Hotel, the King Solomon, Iron Bottom Sound, The Airport Motel and the Casino are a few.

View our map of accommodation in Honiara or use the form below to search for availability (Travellerspoint receives a commission for bookings made through the form)

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Keep Connected

Internet

  • The PFnet Internet Café on the 2nd Floor of the NPF Plaza charges SBD$12/hr with a minimum charge of SBD$7. Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Saturdays, 8:00am to 3:00pm.
  • The Lime Lounge offers WiFi access.

Phone

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.

Post

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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Quick Facts

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Population
49,107
Coordinates
  • Latitude: -9.426761
  • Longitude: 159.948735

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