Marovo Lagoon - April 2 to 7, 2015

What a fantastic Easter! Our group of divers did no less than 21 dives and kudos to Christian who did them all! Also special congratulations to newly certified Open Water Diver – Sara.

The gang on board the Solomon Star!  Happy divers, happy crew!

The gang on board the Solomon Star!  Happy divers, happy crew!

Clear skies and calm seas was the order of the day when Solomon Star departed for Mary Island on the 2nd of April, setting the stage for a long weekend of perfect weather, superb diving conditions (30 degree Celsius water temperature and 40 meter plus visibility!) and awesome guests on board! Barracuda Point on Mary Island did not disappoint; schooling Jacks and Cudas made way for sharks and an abundance of reef fish in all colours and shapes.

One of the many turtles we saw during our dives.  It is great to see such a healthy population!=

One of the many turtles we saw during our dives.  It is great to see such a healthy population!=

It was a spectacular early morning dive at Kokoane Passage in Marovo Lagoon that started an amazing two days of diving! Sites included amongst others, Totoalave, Njapuna and Kicha Islands. Sharks, rays, turtles and pelagics galore! A big highlight was for sure student diver Sara doing her final open water dive on one of the great wall dives in the Kokoane Passage. We visited Peava Village and were welcomed with open arms and fabulous hospitality. And did we mention several sightings of playful dolphin pods riding the bow of Solomon Star to the utter enjoyment of guests and crew alike?

Marovo Lagoon remains one of those rare areas in the world where you can still be one of a select few divers exploring untouched and unspoilt waters. Sightings of pelagics and schooling reef fish, coupled with rays and a variety of shark species on walls covered with majestic Gorgonians, soft and hard corals gardens remains common. Red moon over the Pacific took Easter celebrations to a new magical high on the 4th of April at Karunjou Island.

Headed over for a BBQ lunch on a deserted beach.  Life can't get much better than this!

Headed over for a BBQ lunch on a deserted beach.  Life can't get much better than this!

En route to the Russel Islands Solomon Star was greeted with a full moon rising over mirror like seas. Dives included the famous Leru Cut and Mirror Pond on Mane Island. Top Dive of the trip, Rainbow Reef did not disappoint and was a grand finale to an already awesome dive excursion! Paradise indeed with several spotted eagle rays handing around curiously, schools of Chevron Barracuda and the odd Greater Barracuda alongside Rainbow Runners and Jacks. Guests were treated by Chef Kenz to a fabulous burger lunch on a deserted island beach. We did our last dive that night on Ta Island; and some guests sited it as their “best night dive to date”! Fantastic structure with all night creatures and critters coming out to see us off to Honiara.

A trip to be remembered for sure. Thanks gang for a fantastic time!  Thanks Samson Qaqa (guest Instructor from Tulagi Dive) for great photo’s!

Some guest comments included “an awesome way to spend the Easter break. Beautiful weather, amazing dive sites, great company and brilliant, flawless service” Cat and Brendan; “best Easter ever! I got my Open Water Certification on board and I will be spoiled for diving forever! Best, most friendly crew…..” Sara; “My first live aboard and I’m spoiled. Incredible diving, fantastic company and brilliant crew, I’ve been looked after like nothing else.” Jessica.