Solomon Islands: Taste of Solomon Islands
8 Days / 7 Nights / 22 Dives
Central Province safari show-casing the highlights
We will begin our expedition with a westward cruise out of Honiara.
We start our adventure in the Russell Islands at Hai Island and White Beach. This tiny village was home to one of the major supply bases for the US Military during WWII. Now it forms an amazing reef built out of a combination of coral heads with twisted metal and steel left behind during the war. It's a great site for finding trucks and bulldozers and other machinery but also offers fantastic macro diving with pipefish, twin spotted gobies and often octopus hunting at night.
From here, we will travel around the Russell Islands stopping at such legendary sites as Karamulon, Leru Cut and Mirror Pond. Leru Cut is a long canyon which juts 100 meters (300 feet) into Leru Island. Above the water line, the walls of the canyon rise high above - making this one of our more dramatic dives. As the sun dapples through the jungle, shadows and light beams bounce around the chasm creating amazing photography opportunities.
Mirror Pond offers a series of swim throughs and tunnels. As the sun refracts through the water, rainbows form underwater. On the outer wall, you can find sleeping crocodilefish among the healthy coral. Deeper into the blue, big eye trevally and unicorn fish hunt among the smaller fusiliers.
When the weather allows, we make the crossing to Mborkua Island, also known as Mary. Mary Island is notable for an underwater point that commonly hosts large schools of barracuda and trevally along with a beautiful coral garden full of nudibranchs and pipefish right below the boat.
As we turn east, we will travel back through the Russell Islands and explore more of the wall and points looking for everything from dartfish to mantas ... one of our favourite sites here is called Fish Market because of the huge schools of fusiliers and anthias.
FInally, we finish our adventure in the Florida Islands with two days of diving a combination of WWII history dives and more amazing reefs and bommies.
Along the way, we stop at some of the smaller islands and visit remote local villages. Come shop for produce for our meals or check out the local carvings. You might even be able to catch a game of football with the local village children!
Day One: Arrival in Honiara
Boarding begins at 6pm in time for dinner. Meet the other guests and settle in to your cabin before we cruise away to begin our adventure.
Day Two: Hai Island, White Beach
Formerly a US supply base, this site offers a mix of WWII equipment, macro life and a large colony of archer fish that live among the mangrove roots.
Day Three: Leru Cut and Mirror Pond
Limestone tunnels form swim throughs while the sun shining through the jungle creates a lightshow beyond belief.
Day Four: Mary Island
This small exposed island has several current swept reefs with huge schools of big eye trevally and baracudda.
Day Five: Karamulon Village
Chief Raymond welcomes us to his village with a bamboo band and a sing sing.
Day Six: Maravagi Village
When the conditions are right, we can dive Devil’s Highway, a manta feeding station.
Day Seven: Tulagi
A bit of WWII history in the form of a Japanese sea plane, one of 13 that were sunk during the taking of Ghavutu Island.
Day Eight: Honiara
After breakfast, you will return to Honiara in time for a town tour and a coffee, before your afternoon flights or the next step in your adventure.
We want to ensure you experience the best diving available. As such, we customize our itinerary each week to ensure you experience the best visibility, water conditions, wildlife, dive sites and weather available. Above is a sample of what you might expect on a your trip. Specific dive sites are always chosen with conditions, visibility and guest safety in mind. If you have specific dive site/local requests - be sure to let us know and we will do our utmost to include them. Itineraries may also be run in reverse.