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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 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

  • 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)

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePhonePopularity
Solomon City MotelOpposite the Holy Cross Catholic ChurchMotel26264-
Travellers MotelMotel24807-
Chester Rest houseGuesthouse26355-
Island Lodgecorner of Cluck StreetGuesthouse20254-
Lolo Rest housePanatina RidgeGuesthouse30364-
St. Agnes mothers Union Rest houseLower Vavayer RidgeGuesthouse27785-
United Church Rest houseGuesthouse20028-
Kukum Transit24810-
Binaboli Rest houseGuesthouse25836/25211-
Fountain Family InnEast Kola`a ridge, Tanuli ridgeGuesthouse21552/20581-
Mbumburu Rest houseLengakiki Residential areaGuesthouse27597-
Honiara Tropikana Beach ResortTendai HighwayResort21099-
Red Mansion Comfort Inn MotelPanatina RidgeMotel38463/38464-
Airport MotelHenderson HighwayMotel36255-
Hibiscus HotelHibiscus AvenueHotel21205-
Honiara HotelPrince Philip HwyHotel21737-
Kitano Mendana HotelMendana AveHotel20071-
King Solomon HotelHibiscus AveHotel21205-
Pacific Casino HotelKukum Highway, P.O. Box 1298 Island of GuadalcanalHotel-
Quality InnLower Vavaya RidgeHotel25150-
Iron Bottom Sound HotelRove RoadHotel28633/28632-
Sanalae ApartmentsPanatina Ridge, East HoniaraApartments39218-
Bulaia Backpackers 1ChinatownHostel28819-
Bulaia Backpackers 2Mbokona VeraHostel23059-

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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

Quick Facts

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

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