Honiara is the capital of the Solomon Islands and also of Guadalcanal Province. The capital has a population of approximately 80,000 people and offers a number of services such as the international airport, hotels, restaurants and shops, a yacht club and sea port, National Museum and National Art Gallery, National Parliament and Government House, post office, tourist offices, schools, churches, banks and hospitals, and a bustling Central Market. It is the international gateway for travellers wishing to access the various provinces and islands of the Solomons.
Outside of the city, Guadalcanal’s lush rainforest encases the rugged terrain which offers several hiking possibilities across the island to Tenaru Falls, Mataniko Falls or the Boarare Cascades.
WWII wrecks are scattered along the beaches and on the seabed of “Iron Bottom Sound”, a sombre reminder of the tragic battles that took place.
Honiara is a worthwhile stopover point for World War history enthusiasts wishing to visit some of the land based WWII sites and for scuba divers wanting to dive the wrecks of Iron Bottom Sound.