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Address: Mendana Avenue, Honiara, Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands

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A piece of history resting on the beach!

I recently visited the Mbonege beach on a private tour. I decided not to snorkel, but looked at the wreck on the beach while my guide was explaining what had happened to this... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2017
Jessica Q
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

I recently visited the Mbonege beach on a private tour. I decided not to snorkel, but looked at the wreck on the beach while my guide was explaining what had happened to this Japanese ship. There are a few seats and tables on the beach, and very few people!

Thank Jessica Q
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

30min in a taxi from central Honiara, we were the only people on Mbonege beach which is a beautiful long sandy beach. The wreck is amazing, lying so close to the shore, with really interesting mixture of colourful corals and lots of beautiful fish. Quite creepy swimming over the wreck in such shallow water, I enjoyed this trip so much... More 

Thank Kiri S
Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Wow, what a place. It was filled with the locals with picnic food. Then swimming around the wreck is amazing. It's just a few meters away from the shore and the fish you can see are fantastic. It's $40 per car to access the beach but if they know you are a tourist, they charge you more. (People are at... More 

Thank Japankeehnes
Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 18 November 2016

Booked this on p&o cruise. 30min drive from honiara. Fee to access beach...there had been a crocodile sighting so snorkelling was a bit scary. Nothing to see till you get to the wreck about 15metres out...some lovely gish and an octopus...but if you have been on the barrier reef ubwill be disappointed here. The water was almost hot. Sea lice... More 

Thank millsy123
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

There are not a lot of tourists in Guadalcanal. So the few that there are spread out and you hardly ever see anyone. The same can be said for this beach. Although it is hyped, there is often no one there. There are also no facilities. No shower, no food, no umbrellas. But it is a nice spot to relax.

Thank dmittleman
Honiara, Solomon Islands
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

The sea lice were terrible the water was murky and the place was rather boring. There was nothing to do there other than sit around and get bitten by ants.

Thank Denis1234567890123
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

We were with a paid guide so didn't get charged for entry. Nice beach. The wreck is close to the beach and easy to snorkel. Didn't spend more than 15 minutes in the water. Quite rough and poor clarity unfortunatley.

Thank Grunt18
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 31 May 2016

This beach is the only access to the Bonegi wreck and the locals hold users up like bushrangers. The charge to drive into the park is way over the top but they know that if you want to dive you are forced to pay whoever says at the time "pay me". It would seem that this is a Government owned... More 

Thank Warrick M
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 May 2016

I learned to dive here at Mbonge Beach (B1 and B2), it was great. Although B2 is more visible above the water I believe B1 was the better dive and would be better if one was snorkelling too.

Thank itstonz
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7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 8 May 2016

We visited the beach during our recent visit to Honiara so that our daughters could snorkel around Bonege 1 the Japanese ship wreck which is only 10-15 metres off shore. The beach was about a 30 min drive from Honiara and when we arrived we needed to pay the local landowners about 60SBD each to use the beach. Whilst it... More 

Thank KiwidadSydney

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