GETTING THERE AND AWAY
Flights to Honiara (HIR) operate from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji.
Fly Solomons is the national carrier of the Solomon Islands has regular services, using an Airbus A320 aircraft, from Brisbane (BNE), a once-a-week flight from Sydney (SYD) and a service to Port Vila (VLI). Fly Solomons is also the sole domestic carrier within Solomon Islands and operates regular services to most provincial centres using Dash-8 and Twin Otter aircraft.
Virgin Australia flies a twice-weekly return schedule from Brisbane (BNE) to Honiara (HIR).
Air Niugini is the national carrier of Papua New Guinea (PNG) operates regular flights from Port Moresby (POM) to Honiara (HIR).
Fiji Airways has a scheduled service to and from Nadi International Airport (NAN) to Honiara (HIR).
Honiara Airport / HendersoN FIeld
The nation’s main travel hub is the Honiara International Airport (HIR) also known as Henderson Airport located on the island of Guadalcanal. The airport is approximately 10kms from the Honiara city centre. Most hotels offer vehicular pick-up services. The standard one-way taxi fare to major hotels is SBD100 (approx. US$12). Rental cars are also available.
This historic site was the location of major fighting in World War II between Allied and Imperial Japanese forces and was named after Major Lofton Henderson, a US Marines pilot who lost his life in the Battle of Midway. The airport lounge contains memorabilia from the war, such as the propeller of a Japanese aircraft and plaques recognising the units stationed here during the war years. Congressional Medal of Honor (USA) and Victoria Cross (UK) earned are also named and honoured on a plaque. Around the terminal is a range of World War Two weaponry and signage recognising people and events from the war. A nearby Memorial Garden contains monuments and additional plaques.
Honiara boasts a range of quality hotels, apartments and home-stays. The four major hotels within Honiara’s immediate Central Business District (CBD) are the Heritage Park Hotel, the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel, the Coral Sea Resort and King Solomon Hotel.
All hotels have their own restaurants offering a range of local and international cuisine. The hotels are all within walking distance of the city centre, shopping area, National Museum and city market. Many other apartments and budget hotels are available to the traveller and can be accessed on such sites as Trivago.com or Booking.com.
Climate & Health
Solomon Islands is a tropical destination and temperatures are always warm to hot. Humidity can be high. Refreshing sea breezes often flow into Honiara from the neighbouring seas, while showers and rainfall can be expected at any time. The country is a recognised malaria area, so travellers should consult their medical adviser concerning the taking of anti-malarial prophylactics before arrival and during and after their stay. The country is also prone to occasional natural calamities, such as earthquakes and cyclones.