Solomon Islands, South Pacific
Diving Delights in The Solomons
Lying northeast of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, The Solomon Islands are a diver’s delight, world renowned for the variety of amazing dives for beginners and experts alike. There are almost a thousand islands with lagoons, atolls, and reefs as well as islands of all sizes. Above water you’ll see gorgeous tropical flora and fauna, misty rainforest, great peaks, volcanoes and waterfalls. Small villages are havens of traditional culture.
Then dive in and meet crocodiles, sharks, turtles and dolphins, dugongs, rays, eels, all kinds of fish, sponges, anemones and coral. Explore not only reefs, coral gardens, drop offs, ledges, gutters and other marine landscapes but also numerous World War II wrecks, including ships and aircraft.
A perfect example of the range and diversity of Solomons diving is the Toa Maru wreck, near Gizo, a 130 metre Japanese transport ship lying intact in 8-37 metres of water, which thus offers vantage points for novice and expert alike. Gizo also has several fighter plane wrecks and some excellent big fish diving.
Another popular spot is Uepi. The Marovo lagoon has countless species visible in the top 5-10 metres and “The Slot”, a stunning 2000m (6000ft) marine abyss to discover.
The Florida (Nggela) Islands are only an hour by boat from the capital, Honiara, and offer more excellent wreck and reef dives near the old war torn capital of Tulagi.
These are just a few examples of well known greats, but the Solomons are rich with undiscovered marvels, and have consistently warm waters, averaging 27 degrees centigrade, which is frequently crystal clear.
A breath taking piece of South Pacific paradise, The Solomons are a great “active” destination. You can also get into game fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, waterskiing, knee boarding, or hiking. The Solomons will not disappoint!