Solomon Islands Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in the Solomon Islands
Traffic in Solomon Islands moves on the left side of the road. . There are few roads in the Solomon Islands, 90% of these are on Guadalcanal and Malaita. Paved roads are found only in and around Honiara and even two-lane paved roads are poorly marked and have many potholes and bridges have often collapsed. Roads are not well lit and vehicles may not be lit so night driving is best avoided. Roads away from Honiara are made of coral or gravel or are dirt tracks and will deteriorate after bad weather. Be careful when driving away from main roads to avoid trespassing on communal land which may not be clear from signposts. Standards of driving are often poor. Many Solomon Islanders chew betel nut and frequently open vehicle doors, including on the driver’s side, when travelling at speed, in order to spit onto the road so beware when overtaking. If you are involved in a road accident the law requires you to stop and stay at the scene until the police arrive. However if a hostile crowd gathers and you feel unsafe you should drive immediately to the nearest police station to report the incident and ask the police to accompany you back to the scene of the accident. You should avoid travel around Honiara at night. Particular care should be taken in the squatter settlements around Honiara, White River and the Lungga Bridge, Sun Valley, Matanikau Bridge and Henderson area. There have been reports of rocks being thrown at cars and car jacking in these areas.
Solomon Islands Car Rental
Hertz and Avis have branches in Honiara on Guadalcanal.
Below are some local companies email addresses. None seem to have websites.