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Scuba diving in Solomon Islands

Outstandingly beautiful yet wonderfully undiscovered by the masses, the Solomon Islands promise an idyllic dive vacation. Discover colorful reefs, endemic species and WWII history beneath the surface.
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Diving in Solomon Islands

Quick facts

Amazingly diverse, yet wonderfully uncrowded, the Solomon Islands offer a wide range of tropical dive environments. These include caverns, reefs, wrecks, large sea fans, steep walls, soft corals and muck. The marine biodiversity is stunning and the WWII history found in the wrecks leaves divers to wonder about years gone by. Furthermore, the reefs have remained healthy due to the lack of pressure incurred through tourism. All of these factors combined, create a dive destination that is out of this world.

The major dive areas can be defined as Guadalcanal, Tulagi, Munda, and South Marovo Lagoon. Guadalcanal and Tulagi host a wide variety of WWII wrecks as well as many other shipwrecks. Munda and South Marovo Lagoon feature beautiful reefs, sheer walls, muck diving and some sites that attract a number of pelagic species. While most of the reefs begin just off shore, the wrecks might require a bit of a swim or a boat ride. Some of the wrecks can be quite deep, reaching 213 feet (65 meters) or more. There is something for every level of diver in this South Pacific nation.

Diving is available year-round in the Solomon Islands. However, monsoon season does occur from January until April and brings a greater chance of rain and windy days. June through August is slightly cooler than the rest of the year, although temperatures remain fairly warm and humid. Water temperatures make for comfortable diving, ranging from 81 to 88°F (27 to 31°C). Most diving can be accessed by both liveaboard and dive resort. A combination of both would give you the greatest chance for the best dives. But wherever you dive in the Solomon Islands, you are guaranteed an unforgettable experience.

When to go

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USD 2,620Per trip
USD 3,640Per trip
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Pricing on request
Pricing on request
Pricing on request

What to see

From big to small, the Solomon Islands have it all. The reefs are covered in colorful fish and macro subjects are plentiful. Divers might see pygmy seahorses, ghost pipefish, nudibranchs, xenon crabs, mantis shrimp, ribbon eels and hairy squat lobster. Clown fish, bumphead parrotfish and cuttle fish are commonly spotted. Schools of jacks, barracudas and tuna often approach from the blue. Lucky divers will spot reef sharks, napoleon wrasse and clusters of mantas.

However many dives you complete, you are sure to leave the Solomon Islands with more new species than you can remember.


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