Honu Island Map Guide for Cities: Skylines

Honu Island map in Cities: Skylines
Honu Island
DLC Required Parklife
Map Theme Tropical
Buildable Land 45%
External Connections
  • Highway
  • Railway
  • Ship
  • Air
Natural Resources
  • Forest
  • Ore
  • Oil

Map Overview

Honu Island is a map from Cities: Skylines Parklife.

Honu Island in the new game screen / Cities: Skylines
Honu Island in the new game screen

The main feature of this map is its eponymous island in the center of the map, which has a small mountain range in the middle.

A bird’s eye view of the Honu Island map / Cities: Skylines
A bird’s eye view of the Honu Island map.

There are several smaller islands to the east, and larger areas of the mainland in the southeast and southwest of the main island.

This map doesn’t have the largest amount of land (45%). But the areas of buildable land you do have are contiguous enough, so growing your population in the early game shouldn’t be a problem.

In addition, the population requirements for the milestones are quite low to make up for the limited space.

This map also has fantastic external connections that are well-designed and easily accessible.

Starting Tile

The starting tile on Honu Island / Cities: Skylines
The starting tile on Honu Island

You start off with a large portion of the buildable land on the large island, with the open sea to the north and the highway connection to the south.

If you’re going for a wind turbine start, you’ll have to place these on the mountains towards the western edge of the tile, where there’s strong enough winds to get 8MW.

You’ll find strong winds on the mountain, near the western edge of your starting tile / Cities: Skylines
You’ll find strong winds on the mountain, near the western edge of your starting tile.

Unlike most maps where the starting tile is in the middle of a 5×5 grid of purchasable tiles, Honu Island’s starting tile is in the second row.

This means there is only one row of purchasable tiles north of your starting area, and three rows south. (Normally there are two rows north and two rows south.)

Honu Island lets you expand one row north and three rows south of the starting tile / Cities: Skylines
Honu Island lets you expand one row north and three rows south of the starting tile.

External Connections

This map has all four types of external connections (highway, railway, ship, and air), and all are easily accessible.

Two long stretches of highways run along the coastlines of the land masses in the southwest and the southeast.

A shorter highway route connects these two, running across the southern portion of the large island.

Honu Island’s long highways along the mainland coastlines, and a connection that runs across the southern part of the island / Cities: Skylines
Honu Island’s long highways along the mainland coastlines, and a connection that runs across the southern part of the island.

Railways run parallel to the southwest and southeast highways as well.

The outside ship connection is in the open sea to the north of the island, and can be accessed even from the starting tile.

You can connect to Honu Island’s external ship route even from the starting tile / Cities: Skylines
You can connect to Honu Island’s external ship route even from the starting tile.

Despite the low land percentage, you should have no trouble finding enough flat land for your airports on the islands or the mainland.

Even this smaller island east of Honu Island has enough space to fit an airport / Cities: Skylines
Even this smaller island east of Honu Island has enough space to fit an airport.

Natural Resources

The natural resources on the Honu Island map / Cities: Skylines
The natural resources on the Honu Island map

Forest is by far the most abundant resource on this map, especially on the large island where it is particularly dense.

There are patches of oil and ore on the mainland as well.

Although the new game screen lists fertile land as available, there really isn’t a usable amount of fertile land on this map.

Fishing

The location of fish on Honu Island / Cities: Skylines
The location of fish on Honu Island

All four types of fish (anchovy, salmon, shellfish, and tuna) are available on this map.

You’ll find shellfish in the open seas, anchovy near the island coastlines, and salmon and tuna in the river.

First Expansions

The four tiles adjacent to your start tile on Honu Island, from which you can choose your first city expansion / Cities: Skylines
The four tiles adjacent to your start tile on Honu Island, from which you can choose your first city expansion.

North Tile

The tile north of your starting tile is entirely water. There is no use in purchasing this tile at all, especially since you can access the external ship route from the coast of the starting tile.

East Tile

The tile east of your starting point gives you more buildable land from the large island, as well as the entirety of a smaller island in the east.

South Tile

This is one of the better choices for your first expansion. This is because it gives you a large portion of the island’s buildable land, and it offers greater access to the highway connection.

It will also set you up for expanding further towards the mainland later on.

West Tile

At first glance this might look like an easy choice for a first expansion because it contains so much land.

However, be aware that much of the land in the tile to your west is steep mountainside.

Building here may be difficult in the early game when you don’t have much money for leveling the terrain.

Much of the land in this western tile is steep, and can be tricky to use in the early game / Cities: Skylines
Much of the land in this western tile is steep, and can be tricky to use in the early game.

Milestones

Below are the population targets for each milestone on Honu Island:

Milestone Population Required
Little Hamlet 380
Worthy Village 700
Tiny Town 1,100
Boom Town 1,700
Busy Town 3,000
Big Town 4,200
Small City 5,500
Big City 8,000
Grand City 10,000
Capital City 15,000
Colossal City 20,000
Metropolis 28,000
Megalopolis 36,000

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