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The Solomon Islands is an exotic wonderland of varied landscapes, rich in cultural and biological diversity. Untouched by 20th century development and tourism, The Solomons offer visitors a feast of unique experiences and adventures.
The Solomon Islands are
located 1860 kilometres to the North-East of
Shaped by earthquakes and volcanic
activity thousands of years ago, the Solomons consist of 922
islands, 350 of these are uninhabited.
ships and aircraft litter the ocean floor, providing
divers with a wide range of wrecks for scuba divers to explore. These
machines and war relics now form
spectacular, artificial reefs which attract masses of
fish and an incredible variety of coral life.
Note: All dive wrecks in the Solomons are National Heritage and the pilfering of these wrecks is not permitted.
During World War II the Solomons became a key turning point in the desperate struggle by the Allied forces to repel the Japanese advance in the South Pacific. Most of the heavy fighting was concentrated in the Guadalcanal area, with one of the fiercest encounters in naval history taking place on 13th November 1942. The "Battle of Guadalcanal" extracted heavy losses on both sides.
Untouched by influences of the modern world the Solomon Islands are
considered the eco-tourism destination of the South Pacific. Located on the western fringe of the Pacific, north east of Australia, the Solomons comprise of 992 islands, extending some 1667 kilometres south-east from Papua New Guinea. Rich in culture, this pristine paradise is one of the Pacific’s best kept secrets and offers the visitor a unique and unforgettable holiday experience.
The islands range in size from tiny, low-lying coral atolls to larger landmasses and offer a diversity of geography from tropical jungles and lush rainforests to waterfalls and volcanoes. Most islands are surrounded by coral reefs with tranquil blue lagoons and sun-soaked white sand beaches, lined with coconut palms.
Solomon Islands are renowned for having some of the best diving in the world. Crystal clear water with temperatures ranging between 27-30° C, provide a plethora of water based activities. Snorkelling, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, surfing and big game fishing can all be enjoyed. Land based activities include a range of unique cultural, ecological and historical tours. Visit custom villages, cultural shrines, historical WWII sites, view arts and crafts, take rainforest treks to waterfalls, do some bird spotting or even visit a volcano.
Tropical average daytime temperatures between 25°C – 30°C. and evenings 19°C. Seasons are not clearly defined however November to April are the wetter months when squalls or cyclones may occur.
The majority of visitors come to snorkel or scuba dive. The fish life, corals and the many wrecks from World War II make the area one of the worlds leading dive destinations.
Honiara region: Guadalcanal - "Iron Bottom Sound" is home to a variety of wrecks including troop carriers, transport ships, submarines and planes. All wrecks are National Heritage listed and removal of any items is strictly prohibited. Florida Island (Tulagi). The number of wrecks in the area has made Tulagi one of the best wreck diving destinations in the world. Many of these wrecks lie in the harbour only minutes from Tulagi Wharf. Nitrox and limited mixed gas facilities are available for the technical and more experienced divers. The Aaron Ward is the only accessible destroyer in the Solomon Islands, which was discovered in 1995. Depth 53-73 metres.
Uepi: The diving around Uepi Island mainly consists of a combination of coral gardens and magnificent drop-offs. There are a multitude of dive sites available ranging from the beautiful reef eco-system, to the wreck of a P38 fighter plane just 1 hour from the resort. Most dives range from 15-30 metres - from here you can spot the resident sharks and an enormous diversity of reef fish. .
Gizo: Gizo is renowned for having some of the most diverse and exciting diving in the Pacific region. From WWII wrecks to numerous offshore reefs, Gizo has it all. Spectacular coral formations, plummeting walls, manta rays and an abundance of marine life can be found in this island paradise.
Munda: The diving in Munda is still largely unexplored with new dives sites being discovered regularly. Majestic wall dives and virgin reefs are specialities of this area. The soft coral overhangs of Mushroom Island, the 4km drop at Shark Point and the amazingly colourful coral of Rainbow Passage are fast becoming renowned as world class dive sites with intense big fish and shark action.
Average water temperature is 29°C so a lycra suit or a 3mm suit is recommended.
Length: 38 metres
Max # of Guests: 20
No. Cabins: 10
|Approx dives per day: up to 5 dives
Nitrox: Yes (extra cost)
Tech Dive: No
|MV Solomon Star
Length: 22 metres
Max # of Guests: 15
No. Cabins: 5 - 6
Approx dives per day: 5 dives
Nitrox: Yes (extra cost)
Tech Dive: No
Situated to the south east of Papua New Guinea and only 3 hours by air from Australia. The Solomon Islands are one of the most peaceful and beautiful areas of the Pacific. The Solomon Islands comprise 992 islands, of which 147 are inhabited. The international country code for the Solomon Islands is 677. The Solomon Islands are 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
U.S. , British, Commonwealth and E.E.C visitors do not need to obtain a visa before arrival. (Subcject to change)
The currency of the Solomon Islands is the Solomon Dollar. Most major credit cards are accepted at the majority of hotels.
1 AUD = approximately 5.50 Solomon Dollars (August 2015
The majority of visitors to the Solomon Islands go to snorkel or scuba dive. The fish life, corals and the many wrecks from World War II make the area one of the worlds leading dive destinations.
Average water temperature is 29C so only a protective lycra suit or 3mm suit is recommended. Dive operators supply tanks, weight belts and dive guide services. There will be an extra charge if equipment hire is required.