Departs 08 September 2013
8 days/ 7 nights ex Brisbane Diver from $2725.00pp ($2495.00pp Dive Club Special!)
- Returns flights ex. Brisbane to Honiara flying with Solomon Airlines
- Return airport transfers in Honiara
- 7 nights twin share accommodation at King Solomon Hotel (standard room)
- 4 shore dives with Solomon Islands Diving (based on 2 dives/day) including tanks, weights and dive guide services
- 6 boat dives with Solomon Islands Diving (based on max. 2 dives/day) including tanks, weights and dive guide services
- Services of a tour leader
- Australian Departure and applicable airline taxes ($235.00, subject to change)
- NOT INCLUDED: Travel insurance, Meals, Customs fees payable on certain dive sites and picnic spots
- PLEASE NOTE: Minimum certification of Rescue Diver is required for this trip.
- Deposit Required: $500.00 to reserve your spot on this great trip!
A Wreck Divers' Fantasy
The Solomon Islands is an exotic wonderland of varied landscapes, rich in cultural and biological diversity. Untouched by 20th century development and tourism, The Solomons offer visitors a feast of unique experiences and adventures. During World War II the Solomons became a key turning point in the desperate struggle by the Allied forces to repel the Japanese advance in the South Pacific. Hundreds of ships and aircraft sunk during these battles litter the ocean floor, providing divers with a wide range of wrecks for scuba divers to explore. These machines and war relics now form spectacular, artificial reefs which attract masses of fish and an incredible variety of coral life.
Our base of Honiara over looks the body of water known as "Iron Bottom Sound." Iron Bottom Sound lies between Gaudalcanal and Nggela Islands and is the resting place for many ships and aircraft lost in the 1942 "Battle of Gaudalcanal. All of the wrecks are National Heritage listed and make for an amazing list of dive sites.
Some of the more popular wrecks are:
A Japanese transport ship weighing in at some 6960 tonnes with a length of 155m, this wreck offers a lot of ground to cover. Plunging down to 55m at its deepest and ending in 3m waters at its shallowest points, this dive has just about everything from bustling coral reefs in the shallows to the skin and bones of wreck diving at the greater depths.
Another Japanese transport ship with a length of 132m, this wreck is the more intact of the two. Heavily adorned by gorgonian sea fans and intricate corals in the shallower areas, you certainly won't get bored on your safety stops on this dive!
The Azumasan Maru sits nearly perfectly upright, with a slight list to starboard on a steep slope and offers an absolutley beautiful dive experience. Inside the second cargo hold are several motorcycles with sidecars that never made it to Guadalcanal, while a small gun stands on her bow, now made into a work-of-art by colorful corals. Looking up at the ship’s bow from the sand is a stunning sight: the stately bow towers overhead while the anchor chain, dripping in color, takes a shapely curve down toward the sand. Picturesque is the word that comes to mind when describing this wreck.
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