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What are the dos and don’ts of visiting Honiara?
Do carry cash
After arriving on flights to Honiara, you’ll quickly discover that the Solomon Islands have a cash-based economy. While many resorts and a few top restaurants accept card payments, many local businesses do not. Make sure to have local currency on you at all times as you travel and sightsee between your return flights to Honiara. It’s possible to take cash out from local ATMs, but many charge high withdrawal fees. To save some money, convert AUD to SBD before boarding your cheap flights to Honiara.
Don’t walk alone at night
The Solomon Islands are a safe country to visit, but as with all destinations, make sure you exercise some common sense when exploring at night. Pickpocketing becomes more common after sundown, so avoid walking at night while holidaying on flights to Honiara. If you want to venture out after dark, stick with a large group or local guide.
Do plan a snorkelling or diving excursion
The Solomon Islands is fringed by a stunning coral reef that is a must-see when you book airfare to Honiara. The reefs are relatively untouched by human interference or pollution. Experience the vibrantly coloured reefs and tropical fish by booking onto a snorkelling or diving excursion when you book plane tickets to Honiara.
What are Honiara’s most famous landmarks and monuments?
Immerse yourself in the sights and smells of the Solomon Islands by visiting Central Market between your return flights to Honiara. This bustling market is located on the waterfront and offers insight into local culture. Market vendors come from villages all around Honiara and sell fruits and vegetables, freshly caught fish, and gorgeous tropical flowers. You’ll also come across handmade crafts, clothing, and jewellery made from shells – perfect souvenirs to remember your holiday in the Solomon Islands!
Between 1942 and 1943, the Battle of Guadalcanal was fought on the Solomon Island of Guadalcanal. This is one of the country’s main islands and home to its capital, Honiara. While visiting the Solomon Islands on cheap flights to Honiara, learn more about this important battle at the Guadalcanal Memorial. Located south of the city centre, the memorial pays tribute to the Allied soldiers who lost their lives in Guadalcanal. The memorial was commissioned by the USA, so is dedicated primarily to American troops involved in the battle. However, it also commemorates the Australian and New Zealand soldiers that fought here.
If you’re interested in learning about local history and culture while holidaying on flights to Honiara, there’s no better place to do so than at the National Museum. The museum may be small, but it’s brimming with interesting facts and artefacts chronicling different aspects of Solomon Island life. Look at photographs of the islands taken throughout the years, learn about traditional dance, and view archaeological artefacts. The Battle of Guadalcanal and WWII are a major focus of the museum with some displays dating back to this point in Solomon Island history. Tickets to Honiara’s National Museum are free, but donations are always appreciated.
When is the best time to visit Honiara?
The Solomon Islands have a wet season and a dry season. Wet season falls between November and March. During this time, rain is an almost daily occurrence. If you’re looking forward to spending a lot of time outdoors or in the water, book your airfare to Honiara in the dry season instead. Be aware that even if you book cheap flights to Honiara in the dry season, there’s a good chance you’ll experience a tropical rain shower or two – this is the tropics after all! Whether you book flights to Honiara in the wet or dry season, expect plenty of humidity and average daytime temperatures of about 31°C.
The Solomon Islands don’t receive the same volume of tourists as some of the neighbouring Pacific island nations. However, the busiest times fall during the summer holidays and the mid-winter when travellers hope to escape the chilly weather in Australia and New Zealand. Book your return flights to Honiara outside of these periods to feel like you have the islands practically to yourself.
How much time should I spend in Honiara?
While there’s plenty of activity in the Honiara area, it’s only the beginning of everything the Solomon Islands have to offer. When you book flights to Honiara, plan to spend about three days in the capital city. Then head to Honiara International Airport (HIR) and board a domestic flight to explore more of the gorgeous island nation. Some top spots to visit outside of Honiara include Gizo, Munda, and Kolombangara Island.