Health & safety
In 1999 and 2000 Honiara was the scene of bloody fighting between the Guadalcanal Islanders and Malaitans. Despite the riots in April 2006, the Solomons is generally a safe country to travel through, and violence or hostility towards expats or tourists is rare.
In 2005-06 independent travel on Guadalcanal was not recommended outside Honiara, although the capital itself was quite safe. Seek advice from the visitor information centre in Honiara before venturing beyond the airport (11km east) and White River (4km west).
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