Honiara

Honiara is the capital of the Solomon Islands. It is on Guadalcanal.

Get in

The only international airport in the Solomon Islands is Honiara International Airport (Henderson Field), served by the following airlines.

Get around

Taxis are relatively plentiful and cheap in Honiara. They can be either ordered of flagged down. There are also frequent minibuses that operate along the coastal strip from Henderson to White River stopping making numerous stops along the way (SBD$3 any distance).

See

Do

Buy

There are many craft/souvenir shops located along the coastal strip. Handicrafts such as wooden carvings are also often sold in the covered area of Panatina Plaza carpark, and outside the entrance to the Rain Tree Cafe.

Additionally, the central market is a great place to by local handicrafts, jewellery and lavalavas (sarongs). The latter come in a range of fabrics and brightly-coloured dip-dyed designs.

There are a number of shops selling secondhand clothing, which can be found easily along the main street and elsewhere.

Handmade kids' clothing such as skirts can be found at the Central Market.

A helpful guide to shopping in the Solomons can be found here: Solomon Island Newbie Guide: SHOPPING (What to buy part one) Includes some great gift ideas.

Eat and drink

There is surprising variety in Honiara with many restaurants catering to expats.

Is a coffee shop located near the Central Market serving coffee, cakes, burgers and sandwiches. It is relatively expensive.

Located near the airport has excellent Indian and Sri Lankan food and is excellent value.

Located on what looks like wasteground near the Central Market. They serve excellent dishes even though the decor is quite rustic.

Located overlooking Chinatown has several restaurants; an excellent French restaurant, a Chinese restaurant (planned) and a general restaurant serving sandwiches and burgers.

There is an excellent Japanese restaurant here with a terrace where drinks can be served. An excellent place to watch the sunset.

The favoured hangout of expats in Honiara, the yacht club has a variety of simple and inexpensive meals available nightly.

A beautiful sea front location on the west end of Honiara amid quiet gardens and under a thatch leaf house. Great coffee, smoothies, lassies and fresh organic food, wood fired pizzas. A great place for sunset meals, breakfasts and hanging out on weekends. Allow ample time for your order to be prepared. Locally owned and operated by local women. BYO. Rain Tree Cafe Website

There are a number of eateries here, on the same side of the main road as the museum, to its left if you are facing it from the main road. A range of lunch foods and drinks are on offer, including fish 'n' cassava chips and green (drinking) coconuts.

The Central Market, located on the main road, is a great source of fresh fruit and vegetables. Fish and chips, as well as uncooked fish, are also sold there.

A helpful list of places to purchase groceries can be found here: Newbie Honiara Guide: Food

Sleep

There are many hotels in Honiara, mainly catering to expats. The Honiara Hotel, the King Solomon, Iron Bottom Sound, The Airport Motel and the Casino are a few.

For more budget accommodation, the United Church Resthouse is recommended. It's located in Lower Vavaya Ridge Road. Phone: +677) 20028.

Stay safe

Note that there has been civil unrest and riots in this city. It is worth keeping up-to-date with travel advisory warnings, such as those provided by the Australian or New Zealand governments.

Take care whilst at the Central Market for pick-pockets.

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