Solomon Islands: WWII Wreck Week
8 Days / 7 Nights / 22 Dives
Explore WWII History through wrecks and battlefield tours
We start our cruise in the Florida Islands, focusing on the island of Tulaghi. This was one of the most significant bases for the Japanese during the war and the scene of several major battles. As part of the Guadalcanal Campaign, these battles are considered the turning point of WWII in the South Pacific. Here we will dive both Japanese and American seaplanes, cargo Ships, minesweepers and heavy cruisers. In addition, we will explore the town of Tulaghi to see some of the battlegrounds.
We will travel eastward towards the Russell Islands to explore White Beach, a key American re-provisioning area during WWII. When the US Military left, they dumped much of the machinery and equipment here making this a treasure hunt dive where you can find trucks, jeeps and discarded ammunition.
Finally, we will return to Honiara, the capital city of Solomon Islands. Here we will explore cargo ships, planes and a submarine. For those who choose, there is also an opportunity to tour one of the most interesting outdoor museums full of machinery and remnants from the war.
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!
Many of the wrecks in the Solomon Islands are considered deep dives. In fact, a number of them are far below recreational limits. Wrecks on this trip are all within recreational limits and we often complete two or more dives at a single site to ensure you have time to properly explore the wrecks. Divers must have an Advanced Open Water certificate or higher. Deep and wreck diving training or experience is strongly recommended. Penetration diving will be limited to those with appropriate certifications and is always dependent on the condition of the wreck.
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: Ghavutu
Dive landing barges, a helli cat and other WWII detritus at Ghavutu wharf. Nearby a Japanese Mavis sits in 30m awaiting your exploration.
Day Three: Tulagi
The bow of the USS Minneapolis sits immediately off the old shipyard in Tulagi. Spend the afternoon on a walking tour exploring the military base and old fighting grounds.
Day Four: Florida Islands
The RNZ Moa was key in the destruction of the I-1 Submarine which held important Japanese codebooks.
Day Five: White Beach
This US base was key to the resupply of large military ships. At the end of the war, trucks, jeeps, bulldozers and other equipment were pushed into the ocean and became part of the reef.
Day Six: Russell Islands
We take a break from machinery and spend the day exploring some of the walls, pinnacles and bommies in the area.
Day Seven: Honiara
Along the northern coast of Guadalcanal, B-17 bomber, the I1 Submarine and two Japanese supply ships have all found their final resting place.
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. As many of the wrecks are deeper, we may limit bottom times or even participation in some dives for some guests. 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.