At Vilu Outdoor War Museum is Richard Skewes, marketing representative Australia and New Zealand representative for Tourism Solomons At Vilu Outdoor War Museum is Richard Skewes, marketing representative Australia and New Zealand representative for Tourism Solomons

Land and sea from Honiara

The Solomon Islands’ capital, Honiara faces the divers’ treasure trove of Ironbottom Sound, a stretch of water between the main island of Guadalcanal, Savo Island, and Florida Island.

 

Dozens of ships and aircraft sank there during the Guadalcanal Campaign. The Japanese ships that came in at night to drop supplies and men were dubbed the Tokyo Express, and on Bonegi Beach, half an hour from the city, the wreck of the Kinugawa Maru is within easy snorkelling distance from the beach. It’s best snorkelled early in the morning when the sea is calm. Further west is Vilu Outdoor War Museum. The incredible assortment of Japanese, American, Australian and New Zealand war relics include artillery pieces and shells. A Corsair, Japanese Betty bomber, Lockheed Lightning, and a Wildcat with still working foldaway wings are among the aircraft on display. The war collection was put together in the 1960s and 70s by the late Fred Kona who sourced them from around the country. It is still run by his family.

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