Solomon Islands Trip

Solomon Islands Trip
Solomon Islands Trip
Price: $2,935.00
Solomon Islands Trip
Solomon Islands Trip
Solomon Islands Trip
Solomon Islands Trip
Solomon Islands Trip
Solomon Islands Trip
Solomon Islands Trip
Solomon Islands Trip
Solomon Islands Trip
Solomon Islands Trip
Solomon Islands Trip
Solomon Islands Trip
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Price: $2,935.00

Solomon Islands Dive Expedition

MUNDA 28 December -3 January

A short 3 hour flight from Australia, the Solomon Islands comprise of more than 990 islands stretching across 1500km just south of the equator. Virtually untouched by commercial development, the island group remains a natural paradise. Come dive this ideal location over the New Year break

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The Solomon Islands are a dive traveller's dream. An underdeveloped, uncrowded and very beautiful country located right in the middle of the world's centre for marine biodiversity. You can find here any Indo Pacific species you care to name, fish or invertebrate.


The diving in Munda is phenomenal. There are spectacular walls, dropping off to over 600 metres, teeming with real big fish action.

Grey Reef, Blacktip, Whitetip sharks routinely patrol the reefs. Eagle rays, shoaling barracudas and other pelagic are also commonplace. Occasional encounters with Silkys, Oceanic White Tips, Silvertips and Hammerheads add to the excitement.

One of the most amazing things about diving from Munda is the diversity of dives, along with scenic beauty as the dive boat travels past fishing villages, bush-clad waterways and picturesque islands on its way to dive sites.

Travel Arranged by Dive Adventures Lic No 003537

    • Abyss Staff member as a tour guide to ensure you maximise the enjoyment of the trip
    • 9 boat dives
    • Including the use of tanks, weights and dive guide services
    • Return airfare ex Brisbane/ Honiara flying with Solomon Airlines
    • 6 nights twin share accommodation at Agnes Lodge Munda (Fan-cooled)
    • Residual air dive on WWII plane wreck or munitions dump
    • New Years Eve BBQ and Bonfire on Hope Island (includes food , return boat transfers)
    • Return airport transfers
    • Australian Depature Tax & air port taxes ($395 & subject to change)
    Note: Solomons Depature Tax (SBD40), Custom Fees $20/day payable on location, travel insurance, meals, visa and passport fees, personal spending monies are not included

These are only some of the dive sites available in Munda, there are many other spectacular sites nearby, and more to be discovered:

Shark point

About 20 minutes boat ride from Agnes Lodge. A spectacular wall dive, plunging down to 70 meters. There is a good chance to spot hammerhead sharks, silver tip sharks, and the occasional oceanic white tip. Along the wall there are huge gorgonian sea fans and lush soft corals and thick whip corals. This makes an amazing early-morning dive as visibility can exceed 40 meters and the chance to see those BIG FISH increases greatly. Although typically this is a deep dive to see the larger species of shark, the novice diver can enjoy this site as well at a shallower depth.

Kasi Maru
One of the farther dive sites located on the north side of New Georgia, about 35 minutes away. When driving into the bay you immediately see the masts, emerging from the surface. The Kasi Maru, a Japanese freighter, was bombed while anchored and is only twenty meters from the shore. The ship lies in an upright position with a slight list to the port. The bottom of the hull lies in 15 meters, which makes it a good site for snorkelers and novice divers alike. The more experienced divers, WWII buffs and photographers will have much to discover as well.

Douglas Dauntless Bomber
Located off the island of Rendova, about 30 minutes drive. The Dauntless was shot down on the 21st of June, 1943. The pilot, Jim Dougherty, was shot down near Kindu point. He then attempted to fly back to Yandina in the Russell Islands. Unfortunately, the aircraft could not reach the Russells, and Jim Dougherty made a crash landing in the waters just off Rendova. Miraculously, he survived the crash, and managed to swim to a nearby American hospital; all this on his 21st birthday. In 1995, Jim returned to Munda to visit and dive his old plane on the anniversary of the day he was shot down.

More Munda Planes
Near the Kasi Maru lies another airplane that has seen very few divers. It is an American "Wildcat" fighter plane. The Wildcat (F4F) is completely intact and lies upside-down in 15 meters.

In the Munda Bay there are two Japanese bombers; they were called by the US troops Nell or Nelly (G3M) and a Betty (G4M). The Nell is closer to the dive shop in about 4 meters, while the Betty is further west and marginally deeper at 6 meters. The Nell was replaced in service with the Japanese Navy by the Betty. Both are twin engine bombers. Visibility suffers later in the day so these planes are best dives early morning.
Also in the Munda Bay are two American dump sites; one in 7 meters, the other in 16 to 20 meters. There lie several trucks and the wings to another Fighter. Again, visibility is best early morning.

Cave of the Custom Shark
15 minutes past Mushroom Island on NdokeNdoke Island; an hours drive from Agnes Lodge. The story behind the cave is a part of local folklore and is intertwined with turtle hunting, shark life in the area, and the mysterious cave

To reach The Cave of the Custom Shark divers walk with full gear onto the island and through the mangroves. The cave entrance is a pool of fresh water about 2 meters wide. Stepping into the water, divers notice that this fresh water is much cooler then the sea. The top layer of fresh water is somewhat murky and about 3 meters deep. As you descend through the top layer and reach the sea water; it warms up considerably. The cave is large enough to be comfortable and there is a guide line through the cave for easier navigation. After penetrating the cave for about 12 minutes and reaching a maximum depth of 35 meters, you reach the outer wall of the island. At 22 meters you carry on the dive, enjoying the wall adorned with soft corals and many different fishes.

Rainbow Passage
A beautiful dive located off Rendova Island about 30 minutes away. The dive features a large underwater plateau beginning at 7 meters and sloping down to 30 meters. While diving around the plateau you come to a drop-off at 25 meters. There you find a forest of black coral and a few sandy patches where black tip and grey reef sharks are sure to make an appearance. Napoleons also inhabit this area. Further along there is an area abundant with elephant ear corals. Turtles are often seen at Rainbow Passage so keep an eye out for them sleeping, tucked in the coral or having a snack. Currents can be strong guaranteeing a large variety of fish to encounter.

Top Shelf
Top shelf is located off the back of Kundu Kundu Normana some 20 minutes away. This long reef is parallel to Shark Point so the chance to see some of the bigger species of shark is likely. Top shelf is a reef dive abundant with so many fish and thick with corals. It drops down to over 40 meters and the reef edge is somewhat jagged; creating inlets where the lazy fish hide to escape the current. Top Shelf is great dive to do in combination with Shark Point. It is also good for those divers who prefer more shallow dives. Top shelf is a photographers dream; the many reef fish, soft corals and hard corals to keep shutters working over-time.
(close to all Kundu dive sites)

Eagles Nest
Located off the back of Kundu Kundu Normana, about 20 minutes away. On the surface there are a few large rocks breaking the surface where eagles often make their nests. Below, huge gorgonians and lush soft corals hang off the wall. Schools of barracuda swim along the wall, as well as other pelagic and often you will catch the bump-head parrot fish, either singly or in large schools. At the end of the wall you come to a shallow plateau ranging from 10 meters to the surface; the perfect place for that extended safety stop.

Susu Hite
Located off the island of Kundu Kundu Hite about 10 minutes away. The site is good for those people making their first training dives. There is a long beach stretching in the direction of Munda. The reef starts at 5 meters and drops down to about 35 meters. There are plenty of sandy areas where student divers can practice their recently acquired skills and enjoy the abundant variety of marine life. Looking into the blue, divers are likely to see schools of mobola or other rays.

The Lighthouse
Located on the way to the Kasi Maru, just a 30 minutes drive. The Lighthouse is a wall dive that drops straight down to 65 meters. There are huge numbers of gorgonians and soft corals that adorn the wall. As well, there are more kinds and colors of sponge than on any other Munda dive site. Previously Soltai Tuna Cannery dumped fish waste in the area so it is not uncommon to see a variety of sharks patrolling the wall.
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Marek & Veronika on 17/11/2009 10:29:10 PM

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Comments: I wanted to thank you Abyss team (Rachel) for helping me to organise and book this fantastic trip. Diving at Tulagi is serious diver's experience. Lots of deep and wreck dives in crystal clear water. USS Aron Ward is the pinnacle. UEPI island is just paradise on earth with fantastic snorkeling, diving, sea kayaking you name it.... We were looked after by all staff so well that it was difficult to come back to reality :) Recommending to anyone who likes adventures and non touristy destinations. P... More details

"Manta ray dive – unbelievable!"

Wilhelmina Gardner on 18/9/2007 9:42:33 AM

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Comments: Dear Rachael, May I congratulate you on the way you lead our diving party. It was excellent. You did a great job; made sure everybody listened, did what you believed had to be done, all activities you could control were on time, all participants enjoyed themselves, most of all me. Especially the second Manta ray dive – unbelievable! It was also great to see that all of us got along so well.


Derek Morton on 1/7/2007 6:17:51 PM

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Comments: A couple of years ago I went with a small mob to Maravagi. Dave & Anne McIlwain were then running the dive shop - they have since returned to Oz. The Maravagi 'resort' is set in a bay on the small island of Mangalonga, aka Mana, at the western end of the Florida Islands group, across Iron Bottom Sound from Guadalcanal - accessed via 'canoe' from Honiara. There is good shore diving right outside the resort, day and night. Close by are various tiny islands with interesting sites - a crayfish cave ... More details