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Located in the middle of the Solomon’s, The Florida Islands offer some of the best diving to be found any where in the Pacific. The Islands are about 35 km north of Honiara across the famous Iron Bottom Sound.
Tulagi was the original capital of the Solomon’s but was severely damaged during WWII and was replaced by the new capital, Honiara, after the war.
Several notable wrecks surround Tulaghi, as well as many interesting reefs and underwater features
Just over an hour boat trip north of Honiara in the Florida Group is the island of Tulagi
If you tire of diving and snorkelling, there are many things you can do in Tulagi and on the surrounding islands. Take in a fascinating WWII tours, picnic on a deserted island go fishing or meet the locals.
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.
Tulagi Dive offers shore diving around Honiara as well as boat dives around Honiara and Tulagi. Based in Honiara, Tulagi Dive operates a 7.5m dive boat ideally suited for divers demanding a good stable platform for the deeper wreck dives. Island stays on Tulagi, for closer access to some of the reef and wreck dives in the area, can be organised for small groups. Nitrox and limited mixed gas facilities are available for the technical and more experienced divers.
Only discovered in 1995, the only diveable Destroyer in the Solomon Islands. Mortally wounded by Japanese aircraft on April 7th 1943 she limped as far as Tinete point where she went down with 27 of her crew. This impressive wreck is sitting upright and intact on the sandy bottom. Possessing an extensive arsenal of 5-inch guns and torpedo tubes, this is one awesome dive. Experienced Divers only due to depth. Depth range: 58m-70m
An absolutely huge American Oil tanker of 14500 tons. This ship was sunk in Tulagi harbour on the same day as the Aaron Ward, 7th April 1943. Sitting upright on a flat bottom the deck is at 40m and strewn with artefacts, debris and wreckage. Many interesting penetrations lead us into areas such as the engine room, kitchens, tool rooms and crew quarters. Depth range: 40m - 60m
The tunnels are actually ancient lava tubes that start on top of a patch reef and drop vertically down to about 35m. The twin tunnels then join into one horizontal tunnel that exits on the reef wall at 40m. You are then greeted by a mass of fish that swarm around the reef including a lot of pelagic action. Sharks, dogtooth Tuna, Giant Trevally and Barracuda are common. A "must do it" dive!
Depth range: 18m - 40m
A beautiful coral garden studded with big red and yellow fans. Large diversity of coral and marine life here. The garden turns into a dramatic wall when reaching Tanavula point. Big Bump head parrots are common to see along with world-class corals. Depth range: 3m - 40m
Dangerous navigation for passing ships this reef is a good spot for pelagic fish. A long vertical drop off, renowned for big Dog Tooth Tuna, Kingfish, and Sharks. The top of the reef is washed by strong currents at certain times and is covered by good soft corals as well as friendly Nurse Sharks. Depth range: 3m - 40m
Starting with a small wall, this drift dive will bring you into the middle of a forest of giant red and yellow fans before ending on top of a colourful reef here Sharks, pelagic and large school of tusiliers are waiting for you. Depth range: 3m - 40m
A dramatic drop, pelagic, shark, giant Clam, fans and a magnificent reef Ml in one place! There is a beautiful beach around the Island perfect for BBQ. Depth range: 3m - 50m
Magnificent colourful wall dive with a lot of action. Large schools of sardines, big Groupers, Bump head Parrots and pelagic’s are some of the attraction of this good spot. Depth range: 5m - 40m
A reef washed by very strong current. Sharks are numerous here. Gray, silver and black tip can be found in large groups when conditions permit. Large schools of big eyes share the place with big Maori fish. Under each rock numerous Squirrel and Sweetlips can be found. Good diversity and concentration of life. Depth range: 15m - 40m
Also in Tulagi harbour rests the wreck of the only dive able New Zealand ship in the Solomon’s. The HMNZ Moa, a corvette that was influential in the sinking of the Japanese Sub at Cape Esperance. She's in good condition upright on a sandy bottom. Depth range: 35m - 45m.