A dusty place with lots of decrepit buildings, no real architectural highlights and a rather mediocre seafront setting (no beach), Honiara can leave you wondering if you took a wrong turn at Brisbane airport. Don’t despair! Among Honiara’s rewards are pleasing botanical gardens, well-stocked souvenir shops, a bustling wharf, an atmospheric market, a museum and a few high-quality restaurants and bars. Plus fantastic diving, right on its doorstep.
It’s also the optimal launching pad for exploring the various WWII battlefields around the city.