About 40km from Honiara is this timeless hamlet blessed with a majestic setting – it's wedged between the sea and a soaring, velvet-green hill. Soak up the rural atmosphere and make the most of the beach lapped by clear waters.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Guadalcanal attractions

1. Vilu War Museum

7.18 MILES

About 25km from Honiara, a turn to the south from the coastal road brings you to this great open-air museum. Here there are US, Japanese, Australian,…

2. Sherman Tank

13.6 MILES

Just across the road from Bonegi beach, there’s a bush track that heads inland and runs about 400m to a rusty US Sherman tank called Jezebel which was…

3. Bonegi

13.71 MILES

About 12km west from Honiara, Bonegi is music to the ears of divers, snorkellers and sunbathers. Two large Japanese freighters sank just offshore on the…

4. Turtle Beach

16.15 MILES

Turtle Beach is an appealing strip of white coral sand fringed with coconut trees.

5. Lela Beach

17.58 MILES

Popular with locals and expats at weekends, this beach has black sand and is OK for swimming and bathing.

6. Botanical Gardens

20.96 MILES

These lovely grounds on the hills located above the city provide a green haven for nature lovers.

7. National Museum

21.5 MILES

This modest museum – there is only one room – features interesting displays and old photographs on traditional dance, body ornamentation, currency,…

8. National Parliament

21.7 MILES

The conical-shaped concrete building that’s perched on the hill above Hibiscus Ave is the National Parliament. Inside, the dome boasts a rich tapestry of…