Trav­ellers’ tips

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Free visas valid for 90 days are is­sued on ar­rival for most na­tion­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing Com­mon­wealth, US and Euro­pean vis­i­tors. To en­sure the visa is is­sued, vis­i­tors should have re­turn or on­ward tick­ets.


In­ter­na­tional flights land at Ho­niara’s Henderson Air­port. Air Niugini flies from Port Moresby to Ho­niara five times weekly.

See airni­ug­ Solomon Air­lines flies through­out the coun­try. The do­mes­tic ter­mi­nal is two kilo­me­tres from Henderson. A shut­tle bus con­nects the air­ports and costs $SBD35 each way. See sight­


One Solomon Is­lands dol­lar (SBD) is worth around 0.42 kina and 0.13 USD. There are ATMs in the in­ter­na­tional air­port and in Ho­niara’s small CBD.


Cen­tral Ho­niara is 12 kilo­me­tres from the in­ter­na­tional air­port. A taxi from the air­port to the CBD costs around $SBD200. Ma­jor ho­tels can or­gan­ise trans­fers. The coun­try’s of­fi­cial tourism site is a good place for travel in­for­ma­tion. See vis­it­


Avis and Econ­omy Car Rentals have a good va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles in Ho­niara. See and econ­o­my­car­ Car hire and driv­ers can also be booked via travel agen­cies such as Guadal­canal Travel Ser­vices. See solomon travel. info.


Meet­ings can seem in­for­mal – jack­ets and ties aren’t nec­es­sary, though a de­gree of flex­i­bil­ity is. ‘Is­land time’ can mean some peo­ple don’t show for ap­point­ments or, con­versely, meet­ings can be ar­ranged at short no­tice.


Bank­ing hours are 8.30am or 9am to 3pm, Mon­day to Fri­day. Com­mer­cial hours tend to be from 7.30am to mid­day and 1pm to 4pm, Mon­day to Fri­day, and also Satur­day morn­ings. Gov­ern­ment of­fices open from 8am to mid­day and from 1pm to 4.30pm, Mon­day to Fri­day.


Through­out the Solomon Is­lands it is safe to walk around dur­ing the day; how­ever, as for any­where in the world, cau­tion should be a pri­or­ity at night.


It is ad­vis­able to take anti-malar­ial tablets, even if just vis­it­ing Ho­niara. Con­sult your doc­tor be­fore de­par­ture about malaria but also te­tanus and vac­ci­na­tion for hep­ati­tis A and B. A ty­phoid booster is also rec­om­mended.


The Her­itage Park Ho­tel is pop­u­lar with business trav­ellers and has a swim­ming pool and con­fer­ence rooms. See her­itage park ho­tel. The five-star Coral Sea Re­sort & Casino opened last year. See coral-sea-re­ The Solomon Kitano Men­dana Ho­tel, next door to the Solomon Is­land Vis­i­tor Bureau of­fice, has a business cen­tre and con­fer­ence rooms. See ki­tanomen­


The Her­itage Park Ho­tel and the Coral Sea Re­sort have up­mar­ket restau­rants. At the Her­itage, guests dine in part of the gov­er­nor gen­eral’s for­mer res­i­dence. Haydn’s Steak­house, at the Coral Sea Re­sort, has mod­ern Aus­tralian and Euro­pean cui­sine. There is also a restau­rant, The Board­walk, fea­tur­ing South-East Asian street food at Coral Sea. There are sev­eral op­tions away from the ho­tels. Sea King is the best known of the crop of Chi­nese restau­rants. Taj Ma­hal (Sri Lankan and In­dian), just across the road from the Her­itage Park Ho­tel, has a very good rep­u­ta­tion. If you are af­ter great cof­fee and com­fort food, the Break­wa­ter Cafe and Lime Lounge are pop­u­lar ex­pat hang-outs in the cen­tre of town. The Bam­boo Cafe, run by and di­rectly next door to the King Solomon Ho­tel, is an­other good op­tion.


Warm and hu­mid, with coastal day tem­per­a­tures av­er­ag­ing 28°C. May to Novem­ber tends to be drier.


11 hours ahead of GMT.


240V AC 50Hz, us­ing Aus­tralianstyle plugs.


Away from the larger ho­tels, many call into the Point Cruz Yacht Club for a beer af­ter work. Vis­i­tors can sign in. The Ho­niara Golf Club, just out of town, is also pop­u­lar.


The Solomon Is­lands Broad­cast­ing Com­mis­sion has a daily on­line news­feed. See sib­con­ The Solomon Star (solomon­ and The Is­land Sun are the lo­cal daily news­pa­pers. The Solomon Times On­line (solomon­ is the other lo­cal main news source.

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