Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel is situated on the oceanfront overlooking “Iron Bottom Sound” in the heart of Honiara just minutes from the main shopping area. Conveniently located opposite the National Museum and only a 5 minute walk from National Parliament, the EU and other government buildings, the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel is an excellent choice for your stay in Honiara. This is Honiara’s largest hotel with 94 rooms and all the amenities you would expect from a premium operation.
The Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel is a 15 minute drive from Henderson International Airport. Airport transfers can be arranged with the hotel. Taxis are also available.
The hotel is completely air-conditioned and has 2 restaurants and a bar. Snack at the Raratana Terrace poolside cafe with a beer, wine or cocktail; or dine at the Capitana International Restaurant with ocean views. Enjoy the local reef's finest and freshest seafood. Hakubai Japanese Restaurant features the one and only authentic Japanese Cuisine in the Solomon Islands.
There is also a coffee shop, parking garage, beauty salon, tour desk, gift shop, boutique, communal lounge area, business centre, conference room, transportation hire service and a swimming pool by the ocean’s edge available to guests anytime.
The Hotel has a choice of 6 room types: Garden View, Sea View (East and West),and Executive deluxe rooms; and spacious Junior Suites and Executive Suites with a separate living / lounge area, large balconies and ocean views.All rooms come equipped with air-conditioning, ensuite with bathtub, hairdryer and toiletries, IDD telephones, TV with in-house video and satellite TV systems, Wi-Fi Internet access, refrigerator plus tea and coffee making facilities, balcony with garden or sea views. Some accommodations have cooking facilities.
Tours, swimming, diving and snorkelling Iron Bottom Sound, golf and squash are all easily accessible from this gateway to the unspoiled natural splendour of the Solomon Islands. It is possible to arrange flights to many of the outer islands. Enjoy evening cultural shows and island barbeques or enjoy one of the many other tours available at the tour desk such as:
- Honiara City Tour visiting visit the National Museum, Parliament, Central Market, Honiara Port, Churches, China Town, US Memorial, Mt. Austin Japanese Peace Memorial, Betikama Vocational School and Craft Centre, Honiara Botanical Garden and near-by beaches.
- Guadalcanal War Memorial Tour
- Day trip to Florida Islands
The diving in Munda is phenomenal. There are spectacular walls, dropping off to over 600 metres, teeming with real big fish action.
Grey Reef, Black tip, White tip sharks routinely patrol the reefs. Eagle rays, shoaling barracudas and other pelagic are also commonplace. Occasional encounters with Silkys, Oceanic White Tips, Silvertips and Hammerheads add to the excitement.
One of the most amazing things about diving from Munda is the diversity of dives, along with scenic beauty as the dive boat travels past fishing villages, bush clad waterways and picturesque islands on its way to dive sites.
About 20 minutes boat ride from Agnes Lodge. A spectacular wall dive, plunging down to 70 meters. There is a good chance to spot hammerhead sharks, silver tip sharks, and the occasional oceanic white tip. Along the wall there are huge gorgonian sea fans and lush soft corals and thick whip corals. This makes an amazing early-morning dive as visibility can exceed 40 meters and the chance to see those BIG FISH increases greatly. Although typically this is a deep dive to see the larger species of shark, the novice diver can enjoy this site as well at a shallower depth.
One of the farther dive sites located on the north side of New Georgia, about 35 minutes away. When driving into the bay you immediately see the masts, emerging from the surface. The Kasi Maru, a Japanese freighter, was bombed while anchored and is only twenty meters from the shore. The ship lies in an upright position with a slight list to the port. The bottom of the hull lies in 15 meters, which makes it a good site for snorkelers and novice divers alike. The more experienced divers, WWII buffs and photographers will have much to discover as well.
Located off the island of Rendova, about 30 minutes drive. The Dauntless was shot down on the 21st of June, 1943. The pilot, Jim Dougherty, was shot down near Kindu point. He then attempted to fly back to Yandina in the Russell Islands. Unfortunately, the aircraft could not reach the Russells, and Jim Dougherty made a crash landing in the waters just off Rendova. Miraculously, he survived the crash, and managed to swim to a nearby American hospital; all this on his 21st birthday. In 1995, Jim returned to Munda to visit and dive his old plane on the anniversary of the day he was shot down.
Near the Kasi Maru lies another airplane that has seen very few divers. It is an American "Wildcat" fighter plane. The Wildcat (F4F) is completely intact and lies upside-down in 15 meters.
In the Munda Bay there are two Japanese bombers; they were called by the US troops Nell or Nelly (G3M) and a Betty (G4M). The Nell is closer to the dive shop in about 4 meters, while the Betty is further west and marginally deeper at 6 meters. The Nell was replaced in service with the Japanese Navy by the Betty. Both are twin engine bombers. Visibility suffers later in the day so these planes are best dives early morning.
Also in the Munda Bay are two American dump sites; one in 7 meters, the other in 16 to 20 meters. There lie several trucks and the wings to another Fighter. Again, visibility is best early morning.
15 minutes past Mushroom Island on NdokeNdoke Island; an hours drive from Agnes Lodge. The story behind the cave is a part of local folklore and is intertwined with turtle hunting, shark life in the area, and the mysterious cave
To reach The Cave of the Custom Shark divers walk with full gear onto the island and through the mangroves. The cave entrance is a pool of fresh water about 2 meters wide. Stepping into the water, divers notice that this fresh water is much cooler then the sea. The top layer of fresh water is somewhat murky and about 3 meters deep. As you descend through the top layer and reach the sea water; it warms up considerably. The cave is large enough to be comfortable and there is a guide line through the cave for easier navigation. After penetrating the cave for about 12 minutes and reaching a maximum depth of 35 meters, you reach the outer wall of the island. At 22 meters you carry on the dive, enjoying the wall adorned with soft corals and many different fishes.