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Top Choice Historic Site in East of Honiara

WWII Museum

A few metres before reaching the shore of Tetere Beach, a dirt track to the west leads to 30 or more abandoned amtracks (amphibious troop carriers). Many of these rusty relics are shielded by prickly thorns, which a…
Historic Site in East of Honiara

Betikama SDA Mission

In Betikama village, this sprawling property comprises a small WWII museum with an outdoor collection of salvaged material (mostly US aircraft) as well as two small Japanese anti-tank guns. There's also a handicraft…
Historic Site in East of Honiara

Bloody Ridge

From Henderson airport, a track leads south to this area that's also called Edson's Ridge, after Edson's Raiders. Commanded by Colonel Merritt Edson, they defended the ridge against the Japanese in 1942 in their det…
Waterfall in East of Honiara

Tenaru Waterfalls

At 63m, these waterfalls are spectacular. They are a fairly easy four-hour walk (return) from a tiny settlement about 2km south of Tenaru Village. It's flat and shady all the way. The path follows the floor of the r…
Memorial in East of Honiara

Solomon Peace Memorial Park

The road to Mt Austen begins in Kukum and climbs up to the historical sites where Japanese troops doggedly resisted the US advance. About 3.5km from the main coastal road, this large, white memorial was built by Jap…
Historic Site in East of Honiara

Henderson Airport Memorial Gardens

A small memorial outside the airport entrance honours US forces and their Pacific islander allies. In front is a Japanese anti-aircraft gun. About 100m to the west of the terminal is the scaffold-style US WWII contr…
Mountain in East of Honiara

Mount Austen

The clearing at the summit of Mt Austen (410m) offers a marvellous view northeas over Henderson. Americans in WWII dubbed this spot Grassy Knoll. There’s a plaque that explains the strategic importance of the hillto…