Honiara (Photo:Julia Peterle/Shutterstock)
Honiara (Photo:Julia Peterle/Shutterstock)
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

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Port of Honiara

The capital of the Solomon Islands is the only real port with sufficient infrastructure to cope with full-size cruise ships. Even then, it's a bit of an effort to get a whole ship ashore.

Mostly, the Solomon Islands are geared for expedition ships that will put small numbers of guests (typically fewer than 200) ashore by Zodiac or other tender.

In this respect, the Solomon Islands are one of the most exciting adventure cruise destinations in the South Pacific, with dozens of suitable locations to go ashore where small communities welcome visitors with dances and cultural displays.

Shore Excursions

About Honiara


Besides taking in the beautiful scenery, Honiara boasts lots of points of interest related to World War II


English isn't widely spoken so communication can be a challenge, which makes guided tours a good option

Bottom Line

This town is full of culture and history and makes for a fun day learning more about the region

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Currency in Honiara is the Solomon Islands Dollar. For current currency conversion rates, visit www.xe.com.


English is Honiara's official language, but very few residents actually speak it. Melanesian pidgin is the most widely used tongue and, historically, served as a bridge language between residents who were previously unable to communicate with one another.

--By Rod Eime, Cruise Critic contributor

--Photo: Marci Paravia/Shutterstock