Guadalcanal and Western Province
7 Nights / 22 Dives. Take a one way adventure from Honiara to Magical Munda.
We start our trip traveling into the evening sun westward 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.
We continue on to the western portion of the Russell Islands to the iconic Leru Cut and Mirror Pond. Cuts and chasms and the occasional crocodile. From here it is on to Mary Island, one of the most amazing spots for schooling barracuda and trevally. When the current is running strong - we may also have the opportunity to see mantas.
In the western province, we'll explore the lower reaches of Marovo Lagoon where we may encounter the rumbling volcano at Kavachi. Explore the Taiyo fishing vessel which starts in only 2 meters (6 feet) and extends for almost 100 meters (300 feet).
Finally, we will land in Magical Munda where you can explore the Cave of the Custom Shark or one of over 40 dive sites near the area. Many of our guests choose an add on package at Munda which we are happy to organize for you.
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!
We want to ensure you experience the best diving available in Solomon Islands. As such, we customize our itinerary each week to ensure you experience the best visibility, water conditions, wildlife, dive sites and weather available. Below is a sample of what you might expect on a WWII Wreck 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.
Air travelers can reach Honiara, the capital of Solomon Islands, via Fiji or Australia. Once we have your flight details, we will organize a pick up from the airport or the hotel of your choice.
As the sun sets, you’ll board Taka to begin your epic diving adventure. Meet the crew, mingle with guests and settle into your cabin as you cruise overnight to the Florida Islands, the first stop on your dive odyssey.
Note: this itinerary also runs in reverse from Munda to Honiara. Check the schedule for dates.
We start our adventure in the Russell Islands at White Beach. This location was home to an American supply base during WWII. At the end of the war, an artificial reef was created by dumping trucks, jeeps, tractors and bulldozers.
In the shallows, search for macro life among the ammunition and debris, including nudibranchs and pipefish or watch the resident school of archerfish.
Onward to the western Russell Islands, we will explore cuts and caverns in the volcanic Leru Island.
This canyon juts almost 100m into the island and opens up in the jungle offering spectacular photo opportunities for silhouettes.
Nearby is the fabulous Mirror Pond with its many swim throughs and the potential for seeing a resident crocodile.
We head westward again to Mary Island, properly known as Mborokua, notable for an underwater point that commonly hosts schools of barracuda and jacks. Explore the cuts and caverns behind Jack Point or the Coral Gardens right below the boat.
Conditions allowing, we open the dive deck so you can spend the day choosing your dives.
We wake up in the morning at beautiful Marovo Lagoon, near Mbulo Island. to experience diving in this double barrier reef. In what is said to be the largest salt-water lagoon in the world, life revolves around its waters and swimming is as normal as walking – so from the earliest age Marovians learn about the inhabitants of the lagoon.
Reef sharks are found at a number of sites and rather than being feared, they are regarded almost like dogs in that their behavior is generally docile and non-threatening. They are a critical part of the eco system here and each sighting is a celebration of life.
Today, we will continue our exploration of Marovo Lagoon with a village visit at Peava, which is known throughout the Solomons for beautiful carvings.
At the dive sites, listen for the rumble of Kavachi - an underwater volcano - that has been particularly active this year. We can often hear and feel the cracking and booming of explosions in the distance.
Marovo Lagoon offers so many diving opportunities, it is not unusual for us to spend a day simply exploring. We find new sites every trip and are constantly adding to our itinerary.
We end our journey at magical Munda. With over 40 dive sites less than an hour from our based, our choices are unlimited.
Cave of the Kastom Shark, Aussie Point, Shark Bay, Airacobra ... no matter what site we choose, it's sure to be fantastic.
At the end of the day, we'll enjoy sunset from the top deck or pop over to Agnes Lodge for drinks on the deck. Many of our guests love the diving and the village so much, they extend their stay for a few additional days. Ask us about extension packages.
After a light breakfast, we will take you in to beautiful Munda to enjoy your day before your flight to Honira or to continue on the rest of your journey.
We'll miss you on board Taka but we know you will already be planning your next visit back to us!