Honiara is the capital of the Solomon Islands archipelago in the South Pacific, situated on the northern side of the island of Guadalcanal. This is the main entry point to the country, and therefore likely your starting point when visiting.
Tourists typically come to the Solomon Islands for one of the following reasons:
- the landscape (trekking through mountainous jungles, exploring the flora and fauna and every now and then running into a village)
- the oceans (it's a diving heaven with corals, caves, shipwrecks and a wealth of fish life)
- or to see some of the colorful cultural aspects of the islands up close.
What there is to do for tourists in Honiara is less clear-cut. There are no real sandy beaches to make things worse. Yet Honiara has some nice churches, a bustling central market (good place for souvenirs), nice places to eat and drink and plenty of nature to explore just a short bit away from town. Our suggestion? Spend a day or so here and use Honiara as a springboard for organising your forays into the rest of the country. [Review by travelindicator]
- Honiara is a city in Solomon Islands's region of Guadalcanal. It has a population of 64,609, is situated at an altitude of 16ft and the best airport to fly into is HIR (Henderson International, Honiara)
- The currency used in Solomon Islands is the Solomon Islands dollar (SBD)
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