Guadalcanal Island Group

Guadalcanal is the largest of the Solomon Islands, and is where the capital, Honiara, and the international Ariport, is located. There are a number of smaller islands around Guadalcanal that are included in this area, including Tavanipupu, Vulelua, Nughu, Korosahalu and Marau Sound.

 

Discovered by the Spanish in 1568, and named after the hometown of some of the expedition members, it is more famous in recent years because of the bitter fighting during World War II between American and Japanese soldiers.

 

After driving out the US from the Phillippines, the British from British Malaya and the Dutch from the East Indies, the Japanese expanded in the region and in May 1942, the Japanese Navy landed on Guadalcanal, and started to build an airfield and other infrastructure.  Spotted by the allied aerial reconnaissance, the US Marines landed in August 1942, taking the Japanese by surprise and taking the airfield with relative ease.  The US troops quickly completed the airfield for their own use and named it Henderson Field, after a downed US aviator from the recent Battle of Midway.  But the retreating Japanese didn't leave the island and spent the next 6 months fighting bitterly to try to regain control.  During that time, the hard fighting, jungle diseases and lack of supplies, both sides had heavy losses.  It became one of the bloodiest campaigns of the war in the Pacific, and so many American and Japanese ships were sunk around the Solomon Islands, that is is known as Ironbottom Sound!  The Japanese finally abandoned hope of retaking the island, and on January 15th, 1943, they were finally driven from the Islands.

 

After the war, Honiara was made the new capital of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, and in 1952, the High Commissioner for the Western Pacific was moved from Fiji to Honiara.  Henderson Field Airfield was improved and expanded, and is now the International Airport gateway to the Solomons.

 

After a short period of civil unrest on the island of Guadalcanal in the late 1990's, the Solomon Islands is now a peaceful Pacific paradise

 

Probably the most prominent UK related event of recent times, was a visit to Tavanipupu Private Island Resort, where Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, stayed there on their 2012 South Pacific Tour representing the Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

 

There aren't any big name 5 star resort in the Solomon Islands, but there are an increasing number of small, personal properties that have upgraded and modernised, to offer pleasant and well equipped rooms and bungalows, in a tropical paradise haven.

 

We have tried to list as many properties that we think are of reasonable quality, though as we have said, they could not be graded as 4 or 5 stars by European or American standards.

 

Gifts for the local communities.

The Solomon Islanders, being spread around a collection of lots of smaller inhabited islands, don't always find it easy to get basic supplies or little luxuries, and really appreciate it when visitors bring small gifts with them.  The children are always pleased to receive school supplies, t-shirts, dresses, small toys and sweets, and the communities are always grateful for school supplies, practical adult clothing, reading glasses and basic medical supplies, (pain killers, insect bite cream/spray, plasters, bandages, gauze, adhesive dressing tape, Steristrips, antiseptic wash, antihistamines, electrolyte drink powder (for diarrhoea) disposable gloves, antibiotics, etc).  If you do take some village gifts with you, this will leave some space in your suitcase to take some traditional wood carvings  and souvenirs home with you, thereby also helping the communities being self-sustaining.


Transpacific's recommended hotel selection
King Solomon Hotel, Honiara

King Solomon Hotel, Honiara

A centrally located hotel with good facilities for a stopover or holiday base.

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Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel

Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel

This hotel, with 96 rooms, is located on the seafront a few minutes walk from the centre of Honiara town.

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Heritage Park Hotel

Heritage Park Hotel

A brand new luxury hotel situated on the former historical site of the Govenor General's residence.

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 Tavanipupu Private Island Resort

Tavanipupu Private Island Resort

A private island retreat with 8 bungalows, Tavanipupu Island Resort is a great place to unwind.

 

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