Honiara is the capital of the Solomon Islands, a stunning archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. Here's some helpful information if you plan to visit Honiara!
Honiara is the capital city of the Solomon Islands, located in the south Pacific Ocean. So what should you know before you visit Honiara? The Solomon Islands is an island nation made up of almost 1000 islands. These islands range from tiny and uninhabited to populated.
Honiara offers a gateway to the rest of the Solomon Islands. It is a great place for a holiday or a stopover on your way out to more remote islands via internal flight.
The Solomon Islands population is over half a million people and while the official language is English, there are over sixty dialects of Solomon Islands Pigin spoken throughout the archipelago.
The majority of places in the Solomon Islands use cash rather than credit cards, and the national currency is the Solomon Islander Dollar.
Some larger resorts and tourist operations will accept credit cards. Tipping is not part of the culture in the Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands have a tropical climate and Honiara weather is generally warm and humid all year round.
The average temperature of the Honiara is around 27 degrees Celsius, with temperatures ranging from low 20s to early 30s depending on the season. Water temperature usually sits around 28 degrees Celsius.
For your island getaway to Honiara, we recommend preparing for a summery, tropical holiday and packing loose-fitting clothes suitable for a warm climate as well as swimwear for the beach. Bring a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent to ward off mosquitoes. Don’t forget to bring a light jumper for cooler evenings.
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Things to do in Honiara
Honiara offers a gateway to the rest of the Solomon Islands. It is a great place for a holiday or a stopover on your way out to more remote islands.
There's plenty of history to see when you visit Honiara and the Solomon Islands.You can learn about ceremonial sites and delve into the Solomon Islands’ cultural history at various locations around the archipelago. If you have an interest in war history, the Solomon Islands campaign was a pivotal part of WWII. You can still see many remaining artifacts around the islands on land too!
Honiara Central Market
Stop by the Honiara Central Market to get a taste of the real Honiara. This bustling spot is a hive of activity and there's always something to see, do or taste. Grab a coconut and wander the aisles, taking in the colour and life. You'll be astounded by how much produce is on offer, and you especially need to visit the fresh flowers section!
Diving and Snorkelling
The waters around the Solomon Islands are filled with life, and this location offers some of the world’s best diving. Manta rays, colourful coral and amazing drop-offs are just some of the underwater sites you’ll see while diving this underwater playground. Scuba dive to the Iron Bottom Sound off Guadalcanal Island to view the remains of dozens of ships, submarines and aircraft.
Where to stay in Honiara
From secluded resorts to friendly homestays, there is a wide variety of accommodation options in and near Honiara.
Heritage Park Hotel
Located on the beach in Honiara, this hotel boasts five acres of gardens and a swimming pool. Its city centre location makes sight-seeing easy, while in-room facilities include satellite TV and private balconies. There are two restaurants, an incredible poolside bar and a nightclub located at the hotel.
Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel
There are six types of rooms available at the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel, as well as a swimming pool available right beside the ocean. It is located opposite the National Museum and close to other government buildings. There are two restaurants at the hotel, as well as the Terrace Bar which serves drinks and light snacks.
Coral Sea Resort
The Coral Sea Resort & Casino has lush, tropical gardens and is on the water’s edge. Doesn't that sound incredible? Some bedrooms have sea views and balconies, and all units have kitchenettes.There are also two restaurants available with two bars.
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