Central & Western Province - May 5 to May 15, 2015

Not even delayed flights or wet weather could stand in the way of a super fantastic 10 day trip out to Central, Western and Guadalcanal provinces!

Solomon Star crew and guests had a great time exploring new sites and old favourites. Close to thirty dives were done over the trip. Congratulations also to Rowan for becoming an Advanced Open Water Diver!

Our exploration started off with Guadalcanal World War II wreck favourites, Hirokawa Maru (Boneghi 1) and Kinugawa Maru (Bonegi 2). Great visibility and calm waters was the order of the day! John and Jane had a blast!

White Beach at the Russell Islands was a macro heaven (sea snakes; pipefish, lionfish and archerfish!) and Kelsey took some great shots! From there we steamed over to the Wreck of the Ann and had a great afternoon exploring her beautiful bow and the many creatures living amongst her nooks and crannies.

Marovo lagoon Kicha Island did not disappoint and also delivered some unidentified wrecks in Wickham harbour, staying with the exploring spirit of WWII sites. A village visit at Peava rounded off a perfect day and the many beautiful carvings purchased found great homes.

Russell Island favourites like Mirror Pond, Leru Cut and Custom Caves spoilt us with great biodiversity and fantastic fish life, schools of barracudas and several turtles! Mary Island, as per usual, boasted with fantastic visibility, schools of jacks and barracudas and several sharks!

Our exploration of the Florida islands remained mostly above the water as a weather system moved through. Guests loved exploring Tulagi and enjoyed some land-based time after a fantastic 8 days at sea!

Thanks Kelsey for great photo’s!

Guest Comments

“The Solomon Star crew were amazing at making things as smooth as possible. Fantastic service – oh and the diving wasn’t so bad either! Loved the wrecks, the caverns and a chance to get out and use my camera a bit. Thanks for everything – will definitely be recommending to friends” .... Kelsey & Rowan

“Fabulous diving new areas, some very interesting dives, custom caves, cut and mirror pond. All the crew were great and very helpful and all went out of their way to make our stay a fun holiday.  Will definitely recommend to friends”... Jane & John