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Honiara, Guadalcanal Province

Honiara, Guadalcanal Province

Location

Honiara is the capital of the Solomon Islands. It is the main tourism base for the Solomon Islands and the city offers something for everyone - history buffs, nature lovers, shoppers, and water sports enthusiasts. Honiara is located on the North Western coast of Guadalcanal Island in the Solomon Islands. The city is served by Honiara International Airport and the sea port of Point Cruz, and lies along the Kukum Highway. Honiara has a harbour from which ferries depart to the different provinces.

Airport Name:

Henderson Airport (HIR)

Province:

Guadalcanal

Aircraft:

Airbus A320 (A320), Dash 8 (DH8-102), Twin otter (DH6), Islander (BN2)

Aircraft Transfer:

Transfers to and from Honiara Airport are available through hoteliers. Henderson Airport, serving Honiara, is 10 kilometres from the city.

Population:

The population of Honiara is approximately 63,311 (2010 census estimate)

Main Industry:

Industries in Honiara include beverage factories, sheet steel, tobacco factory, timber export, fish export, logging, and copra export.

Health Care:

National Referral Hospital Phone: (677) 23 600

Police:

Royal Solomon Islands Police & RAMSI headquarters located in Honiara Phone: (677) 23800 / 25122

Main Transport:

The city lies on the Kukum Highway and is served by Honiara International Airport. Transport options include private cars, taxis and buses. Taxis are plentiful and can be stopped on the street or ordered by phone: Kings Taxi 27 888, or Professional Taxi 28 777.

Taxis:

No shortage of Taxi's in Honiara, they can be stopped randomly on the street or called via phone. Kings Taxi 27888, Professional Taxi 28777.

Internet:

Broadband and dial-up services are available in Honiara.

Mobile phones:

Mobile phones and Solomon Telekom SIM cards are accessible and available from Telekom Sales offices in Honiara.

ATMs:

ANZ and Westpac banks offer Cirrus and Maestro ATM’s.

Tours and Activities

Dive at Honiara

Dive at Honiara

Iron Bottom Sound was the scene of some of WWII's biggest naval battles. It is the channel between Guadalcanal, Savo and the Florida islands and is the resting place for over 50 Japanese and Allied warships and fighter planes, hence the name "Iron Bottom". Noteable dives around Honiara include Hirokawa Maru, USS John Penn, and Kinugawa Maru. For the more experienced diver, try out the Aaron Ward in the nearby Florida Islands, the only diveable destroyer in the Solomon Islands.

Extreme adventures

Extreme adventures
www.solomonadventures.com

Seafari tours provide a full day of adventure throughout the Florida Islands (also known as the Nggela Islands), located 50 minutes from Honiara. Seafari activities include snorkelling, island walkabouts, beach volleyball, canoeing and scuba diving. You’ll also have the chance to swim with dolphins and feed them too. Additional activities include village trips and Tulagi town tour.

Battlefield tours

Battlefield tours

Some of the most brutal World War II battles took place on the northern face of Guadalcanal. Visit Bloody Ridge, Red Beach, the Vilu War Museum, Betikama school relics, the American War Memorial, Tetere beach, The Thin Red Line, Honiara golf course (previously a US Airstrip), and the Japanese War Memorial (Mt Austen).

Attractions

Waterfalls in Honiara

If you enjoy the outdoors, you'll definitely enjoy the Mataniko and Tenaru Falls. The hike up to the Mataniko Falls takes between 1-2 hours and begins from Lili village, behind New Chinatown and approximately 10-15 minutes from Honiara. The spectacular Tenaru falls can be found an hour's drive and a three-hour hike from Henderson International Airport. Although relatively short, these two hikes will give you an appreciation of what the Allied and Japanese soldiers went through during World War II, particularly the terrain, climate and difficulties en route.

Dolphin Paradise

Gavutu is a small islet in the Central Province of the Solomon Islands, 500 metres in length. It is one of the Nggela Islands. Along with the nearby island of Tanambogo, it played an important role in the Guadalcanal campaign during World War II. In 1942 the Japanese attempted to establish a seaplane base on the island. It is now home to Dolphin Paradise, one of Solomon Island’s most peaceful lodges and only 40 minutes from Honiara. Swimming with and feeding dolphins is one of the main features on the island. It is also a base for dolphin research and the integration of the pod's return to the wild. Email: [email protected] Phone: +677 74 77336

Bonegi Beach

Bonegi Beach is a haven for both divers and beach goers. The beach itself is a combination of pebbles and sand, and with trees providing shade right by the beach, it is a perfect place to take the family for a swim and a bbq on the weekend. Two Japanese freighters (Hirokawa Maru and Kinugawa Maru) bombed by the allies are beached right in front of the Bonegi stretch. They are the most dived wrecks in the country and are excellent for both beginners and more experienced divers, because of its proximity to the shore and the amazing coral and fish life that have made the freighters their home.