Honiara is the capital of Solomon Islands, administered as a provincial town on Guadalcanal Island's northwestern coast. Honiara city has population of around 65,000 and is served by the sea port Point Cruz and the Honiara International Airport. Solomon Islands is an island nation state consisting of 6 large and over 900 smaller islands (total land area of 28400 km2 / 11000 ml2) located in Oceania (southwest Pacific Ocean), to the east of Papua New Guinea and to the northwest of Vanuatu.
- Honiara's airport area (to the east of the city) was the site of a battle between the US and the Japanese during Guadalcanal Campaign in WW2 (1939-1945), Battle of Henderson Field of 1942, from which the USA emerged victorious.
- In 1952, after Honiara became the new capital of British Solomon Islands with the addition of plenty of administrative buildings, the city started to develop and grow in population.
- Since late 1990s, it has suffered a turbulent history of political unrest and ethnic violence, and is scarred by rioting. Although a peace agreement was made in 2000, violence ensued in the streets of the city in March 2002 when two New Zealand diplomats and numerous others were murdered. In July 2003 the Australian police and military units moved into the country to restore order. Riots broke out in 2006, following the election of Snyder Rini as prime minister, and destroying a part of Chinatown. The riots devastated the town. Tourism in Honiara and the islands was affected severely.
- Honiara contains the majority of major government buildings and institutions of Solomon Islands. Honiara Solomon Islands College of Higher Education, University of the South Pacific Solomon Islands, International School in Honiara and The National Parliament of Solomon Islands, are located in Honiara as is the national museum. Politically the town is divided into 3 parliamentary constituencies, electing 3 of the 50 members of the National Parliament.
In 2016, P&O Australia company's Pacific Eden ship made its maiden visit to Solomon Islands, leaving from home-port Cairns Queensland as part of an 11-days, round-trip itinerary to Papua New Guinea (Alotau, Kitava, Rabaul) and Solomon Islands (Gizo, Honiara). The ship's visit included the P&O's maiden call to Ghizo Island (port Gizo, on September 30, 2016) and the inaugural call to Guadalcanal Island (port Honiara, on October 1). In 2016, both companies P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises (subsidiaries of Carnival Corp, under the management of Carnival Australia) had all 6 calls to Solomon Islands, which was a 3-fold increase over 2015.
Highlights: Guadalcanal WW2 sites, Tambea Village Resort
Honiara cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Guadalcanal Island dock (anchor) at Honiara - port city on the north-eastern coast.
The Honiara cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
If you lose the Honiara location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Honiara cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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1 October, 2016