Discover the best top things to do in Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands including Tenaru Falls, Solomon Scouts & Coastwatchers Memorial, Guadalcanal American Memorial, Bonegi I and II, Solomon Islands Memorial Garden, Mbonege Beach, Vilu War Museum, Solomon Islands National Museum, Japanese War Memorial, Honiara Central Market.
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The US War Memorial is located at Skyline Ridge. Tales of the historical happenings on the Battle of Guadalcanal during WWII are written on the stone wall monuments. A great way to learn about the involvement of the US forces during WWII. Organized tours can be arranged with local tour operators or one can easily get there by taxi or mini vans.
Although quite hard to get to it is well worth the effort. From the memorial you get wonderful views over Iron Bottom Sound across to Tulagi and also the other way into the hills behind Honiara. The memorial itself has a lot of interesting information about the battles on Guadacanal and throughout the Solomons and explains a lot of the history of the campaign in Solomon Islands. While it is big and impressive it is not over militaristic being a memorial to people rather than a celebration of war.
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Two popular dive sites off the coast of Honiara.
The Bonegis are lovely dives. We dived Bonegi 1 today and it has something for every diver - easy shore access, garden eels on the sand, masses of fish, a wreck full of mystery and history running from the surface - 2m - down past normal diving depths - 60m. The surrounding reef has other fish and invertebrates - beautiful little flasher wrasse ... a large Spanish mackerel swam calmly past. Always worth a dive, plus they are working on security and amenities. Very enjoyable!
4.0 based on 57 reviews
We had no idea what to expect from this war museum, especially after the long bus ride to reach it. The ride itself was fascinating because we saw how people live and work on this island. The visit was arranged by the cruise ship we were on and once the group entered the area, we thought we had come to a botannical garden.. The "museum" is outdoors and contains displays of the remains of planes, submarines, tanks and other artifacts of war. The pieces were collected by a gentleman who was extremely creative in his vision of how to present these World War 2 relics. Each item was either shot down or ambushed or in some way destroyed in battle. It is not hard to imagine what happened to the soldiers or sailors who were hit. The creative element in this museum is that exquisite shrubs, trees and flowers were planted next to, in front of, behind or interspered with the relics themselves, so the feeling one gets is that amidst the horror of war, there is still beauty. We spent more time than we thought we would because people in our group wanted to photograph the novel arrangement of war materiel in a virtual garden.
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A way to learn about the history of the Solomon Islands, the civil unrest 20 years after independence
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The Japanese Memorial site was erected in memory of the Japanese involvement in the Battle of Guadalcanal during WWII. Located on the ridge of Mt. Austin with picturesque view overlooking east Honiara. There are organized tours provided by tour operators or visitors can easily get there by taxi.
This is styled as a Peace Memorial rather than a War Memorial and it is a very peaceful place to visit. There are wonderful views in both directions, out to sea and into the hills behind Honiara that make it worth the visit alone. The memorial itself is very simple and plain with no decoration or words except for an explanation of its purpose and meaning. We found it very interesting that when one stands in the centre of the 4 walls and looks up there is the shape of a cross! I don't know whether that was intentional or not but we found it very moving and meaningful.
3.5 based on 100 reviews
This is where the locals come to shop. Fruits, vegetables, meat, fish. It's all there. I enjoyed the experience. A completely non-tourist destination.
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