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. North East Mane Island provided 120ft visibility and huge schools oceanic triggerfish and unicorn fish. Sharks and rays were circling in the deep and the soft corals were glowing in the sunlight. Everyone onboard shared a love of nudibranchs and in 7 days we were able to find 21 different species, definitely a new record! But it wasn’t just nudibranchs that graced us with their presence, there were also the Giant Green Turtles at “Ed’s Wall”, the Devil Rays at “Custom Cave” and of course the pygmy seahorse at “Mirror Pond” . We worked with our friends at Raiders in Tulagi to get everyone the true local Solomon Island dive experience on our final day of the trip. They took us out to the historic Catalina, an American seaplane leftover from WW2 and guests were rewarded with a fantastic wreck dive with beautiful light streaming down over the plane.