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Honaira is the capital of the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal Province. The islands, which stretch from the Shortland Islands to the Santa Cruz Islands are known as the 'Pacific Rim of Fire'. Honaira International Airport serves the capital city's 49,107 inhabitants and can be found 10km from Honaira. Just 4,500 visitors are said to visit the Solomon Islands each year, mainly drawn by its fantastic diving opportunities.
While public transportation and taxis are available in Honiara downtown, they can be time consuming and expensive. Many visitors to this picturesque harbor town opt to book car hire for the duration of their visit here. In Honiara downtown, you can book car hire from: PO Box R8.
In the town centre, you will find the Tourist Information Centre on Mendana Avenue. It is located between the Point Cruz Yacht Club and Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel. The Yacht Club and nearby Guadalcanal Club arrange regular events and welcome overseas guests. Honiara Casino is one of several gambling houses within the town and can be found near the harbour.
A number of shops and services can be found in Honiara downtown. These include: gift shops, banks, post office and duty-free shops. Markets are held regularly which will allow you the chance to purchase handcrafted baskets and other souvenirs of your trip.
Many seafood restaurants can be found in this area, such as the Coconut Crab and Lobster. Other restaurants in the area offer international cuisines, including Chinese, Thai and Italian.
In your car hire, you can visit Honiara's Chinatown district. Located near Matanikau Bridge, this area is a hive of activity. Its main road is lined with colonial-style buildings which house stores. Driving to nearby Rove Prison on the outskirts of Honiara will allow you the chance to explore the capital's beautiful Botanical Gardens.