Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Guadalcanal is a large mountainous island located in the Solomon Islands. It’s main town is Honiara, the capital of the Solomons. The western and eastern coasts of Guadalcanal were the sites of many World War II battles; many of these sites have war relics, monuments, and memorials. The northern coast is the heart of the province, whereas the southern coast, called the "weather coast" because of heavy rainfall, is host to small villages and is less accessible.
Guadalcanal is known as a top diving spot, with clear water and a rich array of wildlife, as well as shipwrecks to explore. The island is also a wildlife and bird watcher's paradise, where over 200 species of birds can be seen. Many tourists also come to Guadalcanal to visit World War II battle sites and museums and take in the culture of the island at traditional performances.
Things to see and do
* Snorkeling & scuba diving
* Honiara Natioanal Museum & Cultural Centre
* Hiking & birdwatching
* Vilu War Museum
* Mataniko Falls
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Solomon Islands Dollar (SBD)
Language – English, Melanesian Pijin
Land Area – 6,500 km²
Population – 55,000 approx (Honiara)
Electricity – 2 angled flat pins and 1 round pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus eleven hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 677
Port Location – The port is located in the capital, Honiara.
Transport Links - The main airport in the Solomon Islands is Henderson International Airport, 8 km outside Honiara, on Guadalcanal. Solomon Airlines flies into this airport from cities around the South Pacific, including Brisbane, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand, and Nadi, Fiji. Solomon Airlines also serves several Asian cities, including Bangkok, Thailand, Bombay, India, and Jakarta, Indonesia.
In addition, flights are available from London, England, Frankfurt, Germany, and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Fiji's national airlines, Air Pacific, flies from Los Angeles as well as cities in the South Pacific to Honiara.
Air Nauru also offers flights from Brisbane and several South Pacific islands to Honiara. The Visit South Pacific Pass offers island hoppers discounted airfares for touring islands in the South Pacific.