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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.
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.
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.
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).
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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