Central Province - November 26 to Dec 3, 2016

Central Province - November 26 to Dec 3, 2016

We awoke to find ourselves in Tulagi, having steamed after dinner to the Florida Islands. First dive for our newest explorer Simon (and his first ever wreck dive) was at the Garbage Patch, where he an Mike rummaged around in the WWII and fishing debris to find nudibranch and sweetlips along with the many boats located there. Second up was a first for Simon, with Mavis, his first ever plane wreck. 

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Central Province - November 18 to 26, 2016

Central Province - November 18 to 26, 2016

We welcome a full house from Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Japan and the USA for the weekend leg of our journey through the Florida and Russell Islands.

Here's a few words from one of our guests:

先日訪れたソロモン・ラッセル諸島の海の中の様子をご紹介します。

迷路のように複雑に入り組んだ海中洞窟を進むと、木々を抜けた優しい光が訪れるダイバーを優しく包み込んでくれます。

(and google's attempt at translation): I'd like to introduce you to the sea of Solomon Russell Islands the other day. As a maze, the sea caves are complex, and a gentle light that leaves the trees with a gentle light.

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Custom Trip - November 8 to 15, 2016

Custom Trip - November 8 to 15, 2016

Welcome on board to our new guests from Cross Fit Albert Park in Melbourne. Weather looks good, so we should be in for a good week.

We begin our adventure in the sunny Florida Islands. Check out dive this week was at Ghavutu Wharf. For divers like Sarah and Cassie this was the first time outside of cold Port Phillip Bay waters and boy did they love the 29 degrees of the Solomons. Meyric took Imogen for an intro dive checking out the old colonial wharf.

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Best of Solomons - October 15 to 25, 2016

Best of Solomons - October 15 to 25, 2016

We enjoyed a wonderful group from Underwater Connections.  What a team!  Here's how our trip started .... A calm overnight steam in full supermoon got Taka to the Russell islands. White Beach our first site, reminded divers of the need for buoyancy as bombs, ammunition and war remnants like trucks and forklifts littered the floor. Archerfish and Pajama Cardinalfish hid amongst the mangroves making awesome half and half shots.

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Custom Itinerary - October 1 to 14, 2016

Custom Itinerary - October 1 to 14, 2016

Hallo und willkommen! Hello and welcome to our newest guests from Germany, Switzerland and Austria!  A quick recap of what we saw: Anthias, damsels, crocodilefish, porcelain crabs, blue anemones, staghorn coral, blue ringed octopus, pipefish, red banded shrimp, big eye baracudda, sea krait, rockmover wrasse, green turtles, hawksbille turtle, wrasse, nudibranchs, bumphead parrotfish, oceanic triggerfish, giant trevally, chevron baracudda, pygmy seahorse, cuttlefish, milkfish, yellowtails, moray eel, maori wrasse, scad, tuna, spanish mackerel, eagle rays, devil rays, grey whalers, black tips, white tips, hammerheads, silvertip sharks and grey reef sharks.

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Central & Western Province - Sept 17 to 27, 2016

Central & Western Province - Sept 17 to 27, 2016

An Australian warship decided it was going to park on one of our scheduled sites, and was unwilling to move. We did think of mounting a spud gun onto the bow and having a couple of shots at them to see if they would move, it looked like they had an even bigger spud gun on their bow. The first dive was at Ta Island where lots of firedart fish hung out to play. The shallows of our next site were spectacular! Covered in soft corals of every color imaginable, nemo, the friendly clownfish found its home here in the hundreds. ‘Karamulon’ village welcomed us and performed a couple of dances a lullabies. Chief Raymond was kind enough to show us around his village, and several kids, looking to score more lollies from Tim, joined us! It was soon time to say goodbye and do dive no 3 at Bat Cave, where the spectacular cave entrance had a pygmy seahorse hidden on a fan, away from sight. Rachel and Sean watched the sun slowly set and canoes at the back of Taka, while Ken and Tim did their final night dive of the day at Mane Bay.

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Central & Western Province - Sept 6 to 16, 2016

Central & Western Province - Sept 6 to 16, 2016

Kicking off an exciting trip with an explosive dive! Garbage Patch littered with its many shipwrecks and unexploded ordinance made for a awesome dive as we plunged below, exploring the sites many mysteries. Some divers explored the Japanese plane dubbed Mavis while others like Nazia and Niclas went to Ghavutu Barge. Nazia and Niclas had a great dive hunting around for wrecks, finding a landing barge in about 10m of water and loads of pipefish. Divers on the Mavis descended to 30m to see the WWII sea lane made for awesome photographs for keen camera operators Roger & Stan. Next up was Ghavutu Wharf, a muck dive paradise with everyone out hunting for the small treasures. As if it wasn’t already a perfect day, the day finished with a beer overlooking rainforest-covered mountainside on a bar stool at the famous Tulagi ‘Raiders Hotel’.

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Central Province - August 30 to Sep 6, 2016

Central Province - August 30 to Sep 6, 2016

Day 1- We are starting out at Ghavutu Wharf, the once capital of the Solomon Islands. Diving the old and deteriorated wharf that remains, divers like Edith quickly found their way back into the ways of diving. Finding old batteries, radios and ammunition sparked an excitement into everyone.  Ghavutu Wrecks was equally interesting with divers exploring a sunken landing barge and finding a Crocodile Fish on an old Japanese observation post.  Once again divers were reminded for their need of good buoyancy as dive number three of the day had a bit more of an ‘explosive’ punch. Garbage Patch is littered with old torpedoes and explosives from WWII and four wrecks ranging from cargo to fishing vessels made for a very interesting dive. Our fourth dive, held at Maravagi, was great for the little critters in the shallows. Finding banded shrimp and giant clams, and greeted with coconuts after their dive, what a perfect dive!? Mary Frances got some good shots of Mossy and Jax in action against the COTS. The final dive for the night was Baby Cakes, where Andrew and Edith did their first ever night dives. Well done guys!

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Russell Islands - August 26 to 30, 2016

Russell Islands - August 26 to 30, 2016

Kau Kau was excellent with the pristine shallows and Mossy finding a ‘Pippy Long Stockings Anemone Fish’ which Sol particularly liked. Coming to the last dive of the trip it was a good was to wrap it all up. Fish Market produced exactly that; Fish, Fish and even more Fish, divers coming up ecstatic to see that much fishlife. What a good trip and what good weather over the weekend. Hope to see everyone soon!  

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Central and Western Province - August 16 to 26, 2016

Central and Western Province - August 16 to 26, 2016

Welcome Aboard Everyone!  It's a quiet group arriving for our long range trip ... could it be the jetlag?  We are welcoming back repeat offenders; Andrew and Mary - who had so much fun last week - they decided to stay on for more adventures and silliness with the crew.

Day 1 – White Beach was our splashdown point for our checkout dives. Divers Alex and Stephen were particularly excited by a friendly two-spotted goby, spending quality time in the shallows. A bit deeper, we are exploring ammunition, forklifts and overturned trucks.

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Central Province - June 26 to July 5, 2016

Central Province - June 26 to July 5, 2016

What a fantastic trip with old and new friends!  7 nights of fun and 6 days of amazing diving including croc's, mantas, sharks, flasher fish, octopus, more sharks, pygmy seahorses, pregnant sharks, baby sharks, cuttlefish, moray eels and .....  We also got some training dives in with our newest, soon to be certified divers - Engineer Rob and Mate Joe.  Click the photo to read more!

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Central & Western - December 5 to 15, 2015

Central & Western - December 5 to 15, 2015

With the warmer water temperatures we are seeing a shift in the critters, less nudibranchs and more cuttle fish for example. During our dive at Maravagi there were 9 cuttlefish in the sandpatch at 22m, with only 5 guests everyone had their own personal cuttlefish to watch! These amazing creatures played with us as long as our computers would allow for, putting on the most incredible colour changing displays, zipping about this way and that.

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Central Province - Nov 17 to 24, 2015

Central Province - Nov 17 to 24, 2015

Juvenile spadefish, juvenile ornate ghost pipefish, juvenile cuttlefish – it seemed like we found all of our favorite creatures in their juvenile phases this trip. The gods were throwing us curve ball after curve ball but we still managed to get in some fantastic diving and were even able to dive some sites that we don’t normally spend a lot of time at.

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Central & Western - Sep 21 to Oct 2, 2015

Central & Western - Sep 21 to Oct 2, 2015

... We made our way over to the Marovo lagoon and were treated to spectacular scenery above and below the water. Who will forget the image of the full moon over the lagoon? We were treated to cuts and caverns and Cathedral was yet again a guest favourite! Spectacular hard coral gardens makes this area unique, untouched and unspoilt. The best of the Solomon Islands for sure! Kicha island of course did not disappoint and we were delighted to hear Kavachi active and in full swing! Hammerhead shark, turtles, Manta ray and bull rays were the order of the day. Guests had a fantastic time at Wilderness Lodge for some welcome land-based time! ...

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Florida Islands - Aug 21 to Aug 23, 2015

Florida Islands - Aug 21 to Aug 23, 2015

It was a quick 48 hour trip out to the Florida Islands but we fit as much diving as possible!

We kicked things off first thing Saturday morning with a dive at Ed’s Wall. We had barely made our initial descent when a curious spotted eagle ray made a bee-line straight for us. She swam within a couple of meters before gracefully veering away. As we reached the point ....

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