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10 Nights / 34 Dives. Exploratory diving .. remote, untouched, pristing and completely undiscovered
This itinerary has an extensive pioneering and exploratory character and is suitable for the adventurous diver. This will be a journey into the unknown as no one has ever dived most of the land mass between Munda, Western Province, Solomon Islands and Rabaul, New Britian, PNG. You will be one of the first to ever dive many of the sites.
Below is a description of some of the sites that we have explored and our thoughts on what many of the sites may look like ... but with any exploration trip - we won't know what we will find until we get there!
We want to ensure you experience the best diving available in the area. 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 your journey. 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.
We recommend that you arrive in magical Munda a minimum of one day before your adventure. Ask us about Munda extentions and how to maximize your experience.
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. We'll spend the night in Munda Harbour watching the sun gown down.
Munda Harbour offers some amazing diving
Some of the popular sites include Shark Point, a 600m wall with the chance of both silvertips and hammerheads.
If you want a bit of WWII history, how about a dive on the Airacobra - a recently discovered P39 fighter from WWII.
Or, if you are looking for something truly amazing, try out a night dive at Haipe Island. This is the only site worldwide where bioluminescent turtles have been captured on film.
We move further into the western province towards Gizo and tackle one of the guest's favourite dives - the Toa Maru. This 140m Japanese transport starts in an easy 7m before fading way to depth.
Another great site is Grand Central - it's a popular site as the oceanic currents meet at the point and bring in the pelagic animals to feed.
When it is time to take a break from diving, we'll find a protected beach and set up the BBQ for a beach walk and dinner.
Today is the day we will start our exploratory diving as we are now outside of the range of any other dive operator. Who knows what we will find!
Our dive guides will scout ahead in the tenders looking for lagoons and walls. As a team, we'll do some free diving to explore sites to determine where to dive.
One of the perks of exploring, is our guests get to name the sites!
It's our last day in the Solomon Islands. In the far north west are the Shortland Island group - known for their amazing black sand beaches.
This area is full of protected lagoons and steep drop offs - making it ripe for exploratory diving.
You will be some of the first people to ever dive here!
Welcome to Papua New Guinea. Bouganville is rarely visited by tourists. We will spend two days exploring this island.
Remote, pristine and truly untouched - be a pioneer diving into the unknown.
This morning we will find ourselves at the bottom of Latangai Island - the entry into Kimbe bay and home to beautiful but rarely explored diving.
This volcanic cauldron offers amazing topography with lots of cuts and caverns. This area was also home to the forces during WWII making it an excellent spot to step back into history.
We'll explore the Kokopo area - another major base for the Japanese during WWII. This area was strategic for their entry into Solomon Islands and their travels down the slot.
We'll be diving wrecks, planes, and other vehicles underwater on a reef full of fish!
On our last day of diving, we'll explore Rabaul Harbour. This lagoon was formed when an ancient volcanic caldera partially collapsed thousands of years ago, allowing the sea to enter. The harbour is ringed by several smaller volcanoes, most of which are dormant or extinct. However, in September 1994, two of the volcanoes simultaneously erupted.
What a spectacular way to spend our last evening together - with a roof top BBQ watching the fantastic sunsets and glowing lava of Tarvuvur in the distance.
After a light breakfast, you will off board in time for your flights 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!