For divers, the Solomon Islands are a source of cultural delights and vast blue waters to explore.
An excellent option for avid divers is a live-aboard, which offers flexible schedules and unlimited diving. Tranquil, lake-like conditions, present within the folds of the islands, provide a great base for diving. On a live-aboard, the diving itineraries are varied, open to the desires and interests of the divers.
Some of the intrigue of the underwater is the World War II wrecks, where the United States was a big player in that part of the world, the mighty players of this tragic war now rest like metal dinosaurs along the seafloor.
An impressive lineup of underwater marine life wonders, which span from the very small to the very large. On the outer reefs, large swirling schools of silvery masses dominate, from jacks to tuna, mackerel and more. Sharks and other pelagics are ever present on any given dive to complement the total beauty of this amazing place. Dramatic sky-lit caverns add a touch of exploration, providing limitless sites to enjoy and see.
Common sites include remote spots in Marovo Lagoon, The Florida’s, and the beautifulRussell Islands. Most charters can focus on reefs, WWII wrecks, land tours or whatever the group on board desires.
Honiara, the Solomon Island capital, is on Guadalcanal. In 1942, this city was the center stage for a six month long series of war battles. More than 40 ships and planes were lost in what is now called “Iron Bottom Sound”. Some of the wrecks are reached by boat and a handful are just some yards from shore.
Two of Honiara’s most exciting dives are the Bonegi I and the Bonegi II, Japanese transport ships covered with schools of fish and soft corals in many colors of the rainbow. Some of the clown fish found in the waters of the Solomon’s reside right here on the wrecks.